National Park Week and Hurley – Pendleton for Spring and Summer 2019

A young woman stands on top of a rocky ridge in the sunshine, wearing Pendleton x Hurley activewear.

National Park Week

April brings us National Park Week, when we celebrate America’s Treasures! The festivities will kick off on April 20th, when all entrance fees will be waived. Other events are planned, so see what’s going on in your favorite park and join in.

A young man leans on a wooden picnic table by the shore of a lake, wearing Pendleton x Hurley activewear.

There has never been a better time to celebrate and support the work of the National Park Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to preserving and protecting America’s public lands and monuments for future generations.

A young man stands in front of an ivy-covered tree, wearing a Pendleton x Hurley baseball cap.

Pendleton x Hurley

We worked with Hurley this year on a special capsule that honors both the Badlands National Park and Acadia National Park. This is part of our ongoing support of America’s national parks through sales of our park blankets and National Park collaborations.

See the collection here: Hurley and Pendleton

Read more about National Park Week here: National Park Week

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GINEW Thunderbird Coat – a closer look

A man stands in the desert, the horizon glowing with either sunrise or sunset, wearing Ginew denim jeans and jacket.

Ginew and Pendleton

As we come to the end of a year of stellar projects, co-brandings and collaborations, we want to call out the GINEW Thunderbird coats as one of our favorite projects. These coats are made by GINEW, the only Native American owned premium denim collection. Focusing on American-made materials, GINEW incorporate elements of their Native American heritage (Ojibwe, Oneida, & Mohican) to express a contemporary, Native voice through premium apparel and accessories.

Here is GINEW’s press release about the coat:

Native American-owned apparel co. Ginew of Portland, Oregon announces the release of the THUNDERBIRD COAT. An elevation of a classic piece with intricate details throughout. The THUNDERBIRD COAT tastefully incorporates the tribal (Ojibwe & Oneida) designs and textiles of the brand owners, with hunted deerskin collar (YES! Hunted by Ginew + family), premium denim, custom PENDLETON® lining, and Ft Lonesome chain-stitched Thunderbird…

The pinnacle of our inspiration for the collection this year – the THUNDERBIRD COAT – encompasses a range of emotions and experiences from an eleven-day road trip in our 1971 F250…from our ancestral homelands of the Great Lakes to the Pacific Northwest. Through the boreal forests along Lake Superior, across the plains and badlands of Dakota & Cheyenne lands, to the high desert and ultimately the temperate rainforest of the Pacific…each morning, day, and night an act of intention and, in many ways a prayer. Crisp sunrises, afternoon thunderstorms, still sunsets, and brilliantly starry nights were our muse as we bore witness to the change of seasons. Woven into each fabric of this coat is the intention, observation, and emotion of this experience.

A photo of the interior of a Ginew work jacket, lined with Pendleton wool in the "We Walk Together" pattern.

Aman stands in a field of dry grass, wearing a Ginew x Pendleton work jacket.

When you put on the THUNDERBIRD COAT, you are wearing a coat built to express our Ojibwe & Oneida heritages and the experience of our journey from the Great Lakes to Portland, OR. Designed with the classic American silhouette of a lined ranch coat, yet taken steps beyond as we incorporate our tribal symbols, traditional textiles, way of life, and emotions into the coat.

A man adjusts a Ginew x Pendleton denim jacket.

A man stands in a deserted field wearing a Ginew x Pendleton denim jacket.

Notes on the lining

The coat includes the Ginew® “WE WALK TOGETHER” wool blanket lining – exclusively woven for Ginew® by PENDLETON®. It is customary in our communities to wrap a newly joined couple in a blanket to symbolize their union. The WE WALK TOGETHER blanket colors represent the sacred day (sunrise to sunset) and wampum belt (purples), teachings which impart values to guide us in our life together. The lodges are in the shape of traditional Ojibwe and Oneida dwellings. The crest fuses timeless symbols from each of our tribes, the dwelling (Ojibwe) and Skydome (Oneida). Together, the colors and symbols represent how we value our traditional beliefs in our home as we walk this journey of life together.

See it here: GINEW

Photos by Ginew & Rowdy Dugan

 

Ginew: Surfing the PNW with a Pendleton blanket pattern

A man unpacks the back of his rig, and a Ginew surfboard with a Pendleton pattern leans against the vehicle.

Ginew goes Surfing

We are loving this surfboard, the newest incarnation of Ginew’s Pendleton blanket design.

…we could feel the energy of the ocean and began to hear the distant w aves. Exiting through a tunnel of dense trees, we suddenly appeared on the beach and were welcomed by the pounding surf and swooping gulls. What a sight.

See all shots and read more here: GINEW Surf story

Pendleton and Surfing

Fans of our brand know that we are no stranger to surf culture. Our Board Shirt was a favorite of the early SoCal surf scene, and graced the covers of several Beach Boys records. Our Surf Pendleton collection has been part of our Spring line for years. We have also collaborated with several surf brands.

You can read about new wool surboards–yes, boards made of wool–here: Firewire Surboards

A man stands on the beach, holding a Ginew surfboard.

 

 

Happy 90th Birthday, Mickey! Here’s to 90 more.

Pendleton’s limited edition Disney blankets

Pendleton Mickey Mouse blanket on a bed.

In 1928, Mickey Mouse made his world debut in the short film “Steamboat Willie.” Pendleton is proud to present a limited-edition collection of USA-made blankets, and fun gifts that celebrate the 90th birthday of this beloved American icon.

Mickey’s Debut

A throw-sized Mickey Mouse, as we first saw him in “Steamboat Willie”.

The Mickey's Debut blanket, by Pendleton

Mickey Through the Years:

This blanket features the many faces of the world’s favorite character, Mickey Mouse.

The Mickey Through the Years blanket, by Pendleton

Towels, too!

These blankets are joined by two spa towels; Mickey through the Years, and Mickey’s Salute, introduced last year.

Beach and Spa towels by Pendleton, featuring Mickey Mouse

And Mugs

One of our favorite additions? This boxed set of four Mickey Mugs, adorned with the blanket designs. These are just as sturdy & beautiful as our beloved oversized mugs, but a bit smaller.

Pendleton Mickey Mouse mugs

These would make a fantastic gift as a set, or you can give one of each to your favorite fans of Mickey Mouse.

These new blankets and gifts join our blankets from last year, Mickey’s Salute (throw-sized) and Mickey’s Frontier (child-sized).

Mickey's Salute blanket, by Pendleton
Mickey's Frontier blanket (crib size) by Pendleton

But why Pendleton and why Disney, you might as? Well, we go waaaaay back.

Pendleton and Disneyland

The history of Pendleton Woolen Mills and Disneyland began when Walt Disney extended a personal invitation to be retail partners in the Park. Walt was a fan of Pendleton’s “fleece to fashion” vertical manufacturing, which at the time included ownership of our own flocks and scouring facilities. He saw a fit for us in Frontierland as part of his vision of America’s Wild West.

Happy guests at the wooden stockade gate to Frontierland in Disneyland, circa 1960

We were more than excited to be part of Disneyland. Pendleton established a ‘Dry Goods Emporium’ that opened for business right along with the rest of the park on July 17, 1955.

Disneyland guests outside the Pendleton Woolen Mills Dry Goods Emporium in Frontierland.

The store was a rustic wonderland of Pendleton’s woolen products, along with belts, wallets, hats, and other Western-themed merchandise.

Pendleton's Frontierland store in the late 1960s.

Much of the clothing sold in Disneyland had its own special labeling that featured the spires of Cinderella’s castle.

A collage of Pendleton labels that feature the spires of Cinderella's castle and these words: Pendleton WOolen Mills Disneyland (r)alt Disney Productions Frontierland exhibit." This is a special label for products sold at the Pendleton DIsneyland store.

It seems that a new plaid Pendleton shirt was part of the vacation for many young men in America, and the store set a record for sales of Turnabout reversible skirts in the late fifties. Our Disneyland store was phenomenally successful. We had a unique way to share the bounty of the Disneyland store’s sales. Visitors were asked for their zipcodes, and credit for the purchase was awarded to their nearest Pendleton store back home.

Stationery letterhead for Pendleton WOolen Mills that features a drawing of the Pendleton store in Frontierland.

It’s said that the family that plays together stays together. Well, what does a family who plaids together do? Whatever it is, this family from 1963 is doing it in Pendleton style.

An ad from 1965 featuring a family of four, all wearing the same blue Pendleton plaid.
A 1965 Pendleton ad featruring various family members dressed alike in Pendleton plaids.

1963 was the year that Clarence M. Bishop took his own Gold Ticket tour of Disneyland. The Bishop family is a hardworking bunch, and when they vacation, they tend to gravitate towards places where they can ride or fish. But Mr. Bishop had a great time in Anaheim, according to all reports.

A photo of the 1965 "Gold Pass" issued to Clarence M. Bishop and party of five to Disneyland, signed by Walt Disney himself.
A line of models in the 1980s, posed in front of the Pendleton store in Frontierland. They are all wearing Pendleton clothing, and holding hands, with Mickey Mouse in the center of the line.

(Please note, these are models, not members of the Bishop family, no matter what the ad campaign says)

A black and white photo collage that was used in advertising the Pendleton store in Frontierland in the 1980s, showing the Old West interior and racks of merchandise.

We’re glad that a trip to the old store remains a favorite memory of so many of Disneyland’s long-time guests. We have been asked, “What happened?” by Disney guests who remember our store with nostalgia. The partnership dissolved amicably when the Disneyland Resort shifted their merchandising focus to more Disney-oriented goods. The store closed in April of 1990.

A side-by-side collage of two shots of the building that housed the Pendleton store in Frontierland - one from the 1950s, when it was still Pendleton's, and one that shows its conversion to "Bonanza Outfitters."

In our Heritage Hallway, you can find a framed letter from Walt Disney about the partnership, and a small bronze of Jiminy Cricket. The letter came to invite us to the official press and television premiere on July 17th, 1955.

A 1955 letter from Walt Disney to Clarence Morton Bishop.

The bronze was a gift to us from Disney. Jiminy stands on a matchbox wearing a medallion that says, simply, “30.”

A small bronze statue of Jiminy Circket, given to Pendleton Woolen Mills to mark 30 years of association.

The statue’s inscription reads: “PENDLETON WOOLEN MILLS in commemoration and appreciation of 30 years of association with DISNEYLAND 1955-1985”

A closeup of the plaque affixed to the base of the Jiminy Cricket bronze that reads "Pendleton Woolen Mills in commemoration and appreciation of 30 eyars of association with Disneyland 1955 - 1985"

We’re proud of our history with Disneyland, and want to say thanks to all the guests who have made us part of their visit.

Tommy Bahama and Pendleton Collaborate for Fall 2018

a beach bag, shoes, and a special serape blanket in the Pendleton and Tommy Bahama collaborative line.

A surf and summer collab

Tommy Bahama is based in Seattle, and Pendleton Woolen Mills is based in Portland. Both brands share a PNW sensibility and a love of the beach lifestyle. So we’ve joined forces on the Tommy Bahama & Pendleton collection, with men’s and women’s apparel, accessories, and home products. The collection launches on October 4th at select Tommy Bahama stores, tommybahama.com, select Pendleton retail store locations and Pendleton-usa.com.

A shirt from the Pendleton and Tommy Bahama collaborative line. Pendleton_tommy_bahama_3

The fabrics

The collection is built around two collaborative fabric patterns. The Aloha Harding Print unites Pendleton’s Harding design with tropical florals. The Island Serape Stripe features a tropical leaf pattern jacquard with Pendleton’s classic blanket stripe. There are a variety of fabrics involved, but the wool fabrics and blankets are made exclusively in Pendleton’s own Pacific Northwest mills for this collection.

two Pendleton and Tommy Bahama collaborative serape blankets hang from a piece of driftwood next to a yellow surfboard.

So check it out at TommyBahama.com or Pendleton-usa.com. The collection will also be available at select Pendleton and Tommy Bahama retail stores.

You’re going to love it.

A photo of the goods included in the Pendleton collaboration with Tommy Bahama, including a vest, a sweater, a hoodie, a shirt, a bag, a poncho and a blanket. These goods are displayed on dressmaker forms in a sunny room.

Justin Timberlake, “Morning Light” from Man of the Woods, and Pendleton Woolen Mills

Justin TImberlake’s Man of the Woods

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Justin Timberlake’s Man of the Woods Collection went live, as announced on his Instagram: Instagram. The collection was available exclusively at a NYC pop-up shop in SoHo.  Read more about it at these magazines:

GQ 

CNN

Daily Mail

Racked

and so many more!

Video

If you weren’t there (and we know you wish you were), you can see the “Morning Light” blanket up close in our unboxing video.

The Pendleton team loved working with JT and his team on the Man of the Woods project, which celebrates Justin’s roots and where he is today. We’re having a celebration of our own with an Instagram giveaway of the Grand Canyon National Park blanket, one of the inspirations for this collaboration.

See more at the “giveaway” post here: Instagram 

Pendleton and Disneyland: We Go Way Back!

A line of models posed in front of the Pendleton store in Frontierland wearing Pendleton clothing (Mickey in the center)

The history of Pendleton Woolen Mills and Disneyland

It all began when Walt Disney extended a personal invitation to be retail partners in the Park. Walt was a fan of Pendleton’s “fleece to fashion” vertical manufacturing, which at the time included ownership of our own flocks and scouring facilities. He saw a fit for us in Frontierland as part of his vision of America’s Wild West.

Happy guests at the wooden stockade gate to Frontierland in Disneyland, circa 1960
A brochure for Frontierland at Disneyland.

The Dry Goods Emporium

We were more than excited to be part of Disneyland. Pendleton established a ‘Dry Goods Emporium’ that opened for business right along with the rest of the park on July 17, 1955.

Disneyland guests outside the Pendleton Woolen Mills Dry Goods Emporium in Frontierland. Photo by daveland.com, used with permission

The store was a rustic wonderland of Pendleton’s woolen products, along with belts, wallets, hats, and other Western-themed merchandise.

Pendleton's Frontierland store in the late 1960s.

Much of the clothing sold in Disneyland had its own special labeling that featured the spires of Cinderella’s castle.

A collage of Pendleton labels that feature the spires of Cinderella's castle and these words: Pendleton WOolen Mills Disneyland (r)alt Disney Productions Frontierland exhibit." This is a special label for products sold at the Pendleton DIsneyland store.

It seems that a new plaid Pendleton shirt was part of the vacation for many young men in America, and the store set a record for sales of Turnabout reversible skirts in the late fifties. Our Disneyland store was phenomenally successful. We had a unique way to share the bounty of the Disneyland store’s sales. Visitors were asked for their zipcodes, and credit for the purchase was awarded to their nearest Pendleton store back home.

Stationery letterhead for Pendleton Woolen Mills that features a drawing of the Pendleton store in Frontierland.

More advertising

It’s said that the family that plays together stays together. Well, what does a family who plaids together do? Whatever it is, this family from 1963 is doing it in Pendleton style.

An ad from 1965 featuring a family of four, all wearing the same blue Pendleton plaid.
A 1965 Pendleton ad featruring various family members dressed alike in Pendleton plaids.

1963 was the year that Clarence M. Bishop took his own Gold Ticket tour of Disneyland. The Bishop family is a hardworking bunch, and when they vacation, they tend to gravitate towards places where they can ride or fish. But Mr. Bishop had a great time in Anaheim, according to all reports.

A photo of the 1965 "Gold Pass" issued to Clarence M. Bishop and party of five to Disneyland, signed by Walt Disney himself.

A black and white photo collage advertising the Pendleton store in Frontierland in the 1980s, showing the Old West interior

Today, and the Heritage Hallway

We’re glad that a trip to the old store remains a favorite memory of so many of Disneyland’s long-time guests. We have been asked, “What happened?” by Disney guests who remember our store with nostalgia. The partnership dissolved amicably when the Disneyland Resort shifted their merchandising focus to more Disney-oriented goods. The store closed in April of 1990. Today, the Bonanza Emporium does carry some Pendleton merchandise, as does Ramone’s House of Body Art.

A side-by-side collage of two shots of the building that housed the Pendleton store in Frontierland - one from the 1950s, when it was still Pendleton's, and one that shows its conversion to "Bonanza Outfitters."

In our Heritage Hallway, you can find a framed letter from Walt Disney about the partnership, and a small bronze of Jiminy Cricket. The letter came to invite us to the official press and television premiere on July 17th, 1955.

A 1955 letter from Walt Disney to Clarence Morton Bishop.

The bronze was a gift to us from Disney.

A side view of a small bronze statue of Jiminy Cricket, gifted to Pendleton by Walt Disney.

Jiminy stands on a matchbox wearing a medallion that says, simply, “30.”

A small bronze statue of Jiminy Circket, given to Pendleton Woolen Mills to mark 30 years of association.

The statue’s inscription reads: “PENDLETON WOOLEN MILLS in commemoration and appreciation of 30 years of association with DISNEYLAND 1955-1985”

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We’re proud of our history with Disneyland, and want to say thanks to all the guests who have made us part of their visit.

Pendleton Harry Potter blankets are here, and oh so magical.

Harry Potter blankets

To celebrate the much beloved stories of Harry Potter and his friends, Pendleton has woven a series of Harry Potter blankets that feature iconic and memorable moments that will forever live in everyone’s imagination. These luxurious wool blankets, made in the USA, will warm readers young and old as they explore the story of the world’s favorite wizard, Harry Potter.

Gryffindor

Gryffindor house is known for bravery and valor, and members of House Gryffindor demonstrate chivalry, nerve, and daring. On the scarlet and gold blanket, Gryffindor’s lion rampant is surrounded by cauldrons, owls, Godric Gryffindor’s sword and Harry Potter’s wand.

The Gryffindor blanket by Pendleton

Slytherin

Slytherins are known for their ambition, shrewdness, and cunning. On the emerald and grey blanket, Slytherin’s coiled serpent is surrounded by bats, snakes, Draco Malfoy’s wand and Regulus Black’s locket.B-Harry_Potter_Slytherin

Ravenclaw

Ravenclaw is the home of great scholars, thinkers and questioners, and members of House Ravenclaw are known for their intelligence, wit, and creativity.  On the midnight blue and fire red blanket, Ravenclaw’s majestic eagle spreads his wings, surrounded by eagles, eagle feathers, Rowena’s diadem and Luna Lovegood’s wand.

The Ravenclaw blanket by Pendleton

Hufflepuff

Members of House Hufflepuff are known for their loyalty, patience, and dedication. On the warm gold, slate and and grey blanket, Hufflepuff’s hardworking badger is surrounded by lightning bolts, flying keys, Helga Hufflepuff’s Cup and Cedric Diggory’s wand.The Hufflepuff blanket by Pendleton

All four blankets are available in a matched-number collector’s set as well.

We also have some adorable child-sized blankets!

Harry’s Journey

Iconic signs and symbols from Harry Potter’s journey are featured on a warmly colored blanket. how many can you spy?

Harry's Journey, a child-sized blanket by Pendleton

 

Hogwarts is My Home

Owl messengers sail through the night sky with important messages for the students of Hogwarts in this beautiful black and white design.

Hogwart's is my Home, a child-sized blanket by Pendleton

And of course, it wouldn’t be Harry Potter without a warm wool muffler. Night Messenger in blue, and Hogwarts Houses in black and white will keep you warm all winter.

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The Harry Potter Collection by Pendleton is a labor of love, and we’re excited to share it with you. But don’t dawdle! The Hogwarts House blankets are all in a limited edition.

WE WALK TOGETHER by Ginew, Dyani White Hawk and Pendleton

GINEW’s blanket

Native American-owned apparel company Ginew of Portland, Oregon, has released their WE WALK TOGETHER wool blanket.

A woman shows off the We Walk Together blanket at Fort Stevens beach.

The blanket represents a fusion of tribal cultures (Ojibwe, Oneida, and Mohican), and is the result of an exploration of design with artist DYANI WHITE HAWK. Each blanket is proudly woven in Oregon by Pendleton® Woolen Mills.

A woman shows off the We Walk Together blanket at Fort Stevens beach.

GINEW, The Company

GINEW Gih-noo) is the only Native American owned premium denim collection. Focusing on American-made materials, they incorporate elements of their Native American heritage (Ojibwe, Oneida, & Mohican) to express a contemporary Native voice through premium apparel and accessories. Ginew is Native-Americana, fusing Native American style and workwear.

According to Ginew,

It is customary in our communities to wrap a newly joined couple in a blanket to symbolize their union. The blanket colors represent the sacred day (sunrise & sunset) and wampum belt (purples), teachings which impart values to guide us in our life together. The lodges are in the shape of traditional Ojibwe and Oneida dwellings. The crest fuses timeless symbols from each of our tribes, the dwelling (Ojibwe) and Skydome (Oneida). Together, the colors and symbols represent how we value our traditional beliefs in our home as we walk this journey of life together.

A woman shows off the We Walk Together blanket at Fort Stevens beach.

The Artist, Dyani White Hawk

Dyani White Hawk is a mixed-media artist and curator working in Minneapolis, MN. White Hawk draws from her multi-cultural background and education to create abstract paintings and mixed media works that speak to her upbringing as a Lakota woman in an urban American landscape.

She talks about her background and design process:

I am a painter and mixed-media artist. I work predominantly in abstraction. My work combines influences, mediums and histories of modern abstract painting and Lakota abstract art forms. You can find more information on my website: www.dyaniwhitehawk.com

Erik, Amanda, and myself all met when we were at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. It was a brief, single dinner meeting, but the connection lasted. I was excited to hear from Erik on ways we could collaborate. He threw out a few different possibilities before this one came together. In a very collaborative process, we worked to achieve a design that spoke to each of their tribal backgrounds, their individuality, their partnership, and their vision for high quality, finely crafted, culturally rooted products.

I am grateful for the partnership and the opportunity provided through our work together. Moreover, I am most excited to be able to be a part of and support the dreams and visions for another Native entrepreneurial team.

A woman shows off the We Walk Together blanket at Fort Stevens beach, along with two dogs.

The WE WALK TOGETHER blanket is woven of pure virgin wool and cotton. Each wool blanket is 64” x 80”, unnapped, felt bound, and adorned with a custom suede patch. Available on ginewusa.com.

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New Parks, New Cans – Pendleton and ROGUE ALES

Four cans of Rogue IPA on a Pendleton Chief Joseph blanket

Summer Brews

This summer is a fantastic time to celebrate your favorite National Park with Pendleton Pale Ale – now available in Crater Lake, Rainier, Grand Canyon and Yosemite park cans!

Wooden aging barrels with "Rogue" on them.

Our friends at Rogue have outdone themselves with this delicious brew.

Five cans of Rogue IPA on a Rainier National Park blanket.

America’s Treasures

So the next time you’re headed out for a picnic on your favorite national Park blanket, take along a crisp pale ale and raise a toast to America’s Treasures!

A six pack of Rogue IPA on a Crater Lake national park blanket.

Cheers!