Gifts of Honor for Public Servants

Madeline Albright onstage at Portland's Arlene Schnitzer Center for the Performing arts, receiving a Pendleton Brave Star blanket

Honoring Madeline Albright

Pendleton’s Brave Star blanket was presented to Madeleine Albright on Tuesday, September 10, 2019, when Madame Secretary kicked off the Hatfield Lecture Series for the Oregon Historical Society. She spoke to a sold-out crowd at the Arlene Schnitzer Auditorium in Portland, Oregon.

Pendleton Brave Star wool blanket in red white and blue

BRAVE STAR

This contemporary interpretation of the American flag is a celebration of the patriotism of Native Americans. In 1875 Indian scouts carried messages from fort to fort in the West. Native American soldiers saw action with Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders in Cuba. And soldiers from many tribes battled in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf and Iraq. Five Native Americans have been awarded the Medal of Honor for bravery “above and beyond the call of duty.” The design marries modern asymmetry and vintage Americana. The unique striations, using pulled out yarns, reflect an era when dyes were made from plants.

See it here: Brave Star Blanket

Honoring Ted Kulongoski

Former Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski received “The Few, the Proud” Marine Corps blanket at the Madeleine Albright dinner at Oregon Historical Society from State Senators Betsy Johnson and Elizabeth Steiner Hayward.

Former Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski receiving a Pendleton Marines blanket at the Oregon Historical Society

This blanket features the official emblem of the United States Marine Corps, woven in a wool blanket to honor the valor and loyalty of the Marines.

Pendleton Marines blanket feaaturing the logo of the USMC, red white and blue

The Few, The Proud

The Eagle, Globe, and Anchor is the official emblem of the United States Marine Corps. Each element signifies the Marine Corps mission and legacy. The anchor reflects the naval tradition of the Marines as part of the Department of the Navy. The globe represents readiness to serve in any part of the world. The bald eagle, symbol of America, holds a ribbon in its beak that reads “Semper Fidelis,” or “Always Faithful,” a reference to the unending valor and loyalty of the Corps. Dyed, woven and hand-finished in America for quality that’s second to none.

See it here: Marines blanket

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#DudeCon celebrates twenty years of “The Big Lebowski.”

 

Inside the Pendleton store in downtown Portland, Oregon, a crowd mills around at a #dudecon party.

Twenty Years, Dude.

We celebrated twenty years of the Dude, Walter, Donny and Jesus at our Park Avenue West Pendleton store on Friday, September 28th, 2018. We want to thank all the Achievers who came out to support our effort to set a Guinness World Record for Most People Dressed as the Dude. We haven’t heard from the Guiness folks yet, but we are hopeful.

Inside the Pendleton store in downtown Portland, Oregon, a crowd gathers to show off their Westerley cardigans at a #dudecon party.

But back to the party.

The crowd was large and mellow. Attendees enjoyed trivia contests and prizes, a photo booth, refreshments worthy of any bowling alley, complimentary dog toys and sweaters, a swank commemorative cardigan pin, White Russians and craft beer courtesy of The Big Legrowlski, our esteemed event partners. They also had a familiar movie to watch, with a playlist that included all the best songs.

Contests and fun

We gave away two Westerley cardigans every fifteen minutes!

Willamette Week Illustration

The party culminated with a costume contest, and the winner was one happy Dude. We appreciated the coverage in Willamette Week, and on local news KGW.

During the event, we offered a discount on all things Westerley. You can check out the goods here: The Dude’s Collection

Thank you to EVERYONE who came out to join the fun.

Twenty years, Dude. Twenty years.

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Happy Birthday to Greenspan’s!

An Important Partner Celebrates a Milestone

We were honored to attend Greenspan’s 90th anniversary party. This incredible place is more than a store–it’s a SoCal institution. Members of our sales, merchandising and design teams were there is person to share the day and join the celebration.

Read about the celebration here: Anniversary Party in Southgate

Learn more about Greenspan’s here: Greenspan’s

Read more about the store here:  LA Times feature — Greenspan’s

So happy birthday from the Pendleton crew to the Greenspan’s crew. Here’s to 90 more.

Members of Greenspan's crew and Pendleton celebrate together.

Photos by Greenspan’s, Pendleton, Erwin Recinos and Gabriel Juray – thank you.

Happy Birthday to The Big Lebowski – wearing the Westerley sweater for 20 years, Dude

The Big Lebowski” turns twenty this year, and Dude, we still love it.

The Big Lebowski

Two decades ago, this Coen brothers film was released to low to middling success, but quietly grew into a cult favorite. No one can pinpoint the exact reason why. Was it Donny’s clueless questions? Walter’s chin-strap beard? The German nihilists? The dream sequence scored by Kenny Rogers and the First Edition?

A movie poster for "The Big Lebowski."

Well, it was probably a grand confluence of all of these important factors, plus the masterful turn taken by Jeff Bridges as The Dude. He staggers in and out of trouble, wearing alternately sweats, shorts, pajama pants, a bathrobe, a purple t-shirt and a battered Westerley cardigan.

Jeff Bridges as Jeff Lebowski, AKA "The Dude," sits at the bolwing alley bar with a white Russian in front of him.

Jeff Bridges wore his own clothes for this role, and though there were two sweaters hand-knitted as back-ups, he preferred wearing his personal Pendleton Westerley.

Original History

You may know it as The Dude’s cardigan or the Big Lebowski sweater, but we debuted the Westerley cardigan in 1974 as part of our High Grade Westernwear line.

The Westerley drew inspiration from beautiful Cowichan sweaters that are hand-knit by Pacific Northwest tribes. Our version was machine-knitted by Winona Knitting Mills of Minnesota, a two-facility company owned by the Woodworth family. Winona Mills was one of the very few USA knitting mills who offered a 2gg knit, a term meaning only two knit stitches per inch. A 2gg sweater is heavy enough to work as outerwear. As the long-time leader of our menswear division expressed it, “You could wear it in a monsoon, and you’d stay warm.”

The vintage Westerley was knit in 3gg, and it was almost as impressive as the 2gg for thickness and warmth. The Westerley was one cozy sweater. We offered it in the western, outdoor and casual lines for over ten years. Over its run of production, the zip front, ring zipper pull and shawl collar stayed the same, as did the Greek key-inspired pattern. Archival visits show that the Westerley’s color variations are surprisingly wide.

A collage of six photos of vintage Westerley cardignas in a variety of color combinations.

The sweater went out of production in the 1980s, but found the limelight in the early 2000s, thanks to an obscure movie that didn’t stay obscure.

The First Revivals

Pendleton’s first run at reproducing the “Big Lebowski sweater” came in the Fall of 2011. The Dude Cardigan was not an exact replica. It had the weight and coloration of the original Westerley, with a slightly different knit pattern and a leather zipper pull. This homage sweater generated an enormous amount of publicity, especially because the sweater worn by Jeff Bridges in the movie was going to auction that same year. The provenance of the auction sweater came into question and it was withdrawn from auction. Pendleton’s version sold out almost immediately.

A man in a "Dude" sweater, the first remake of the Westerley. A collage of two photos--one is an ad run by Pendleton in the 1980s that features the tan, red and black version of the Westerley. Next to it is a Pendleton promo photo of a man wearing a remake of this version, leaning against a fence.

In Fall 2013, we brought back the sweater in the original 3gg knit under the Westerley name. We went to the archives, and settled on two versions: a cream with red and black pattern, and a desert brown version with navy and gold pattern.

We offered the Westerley in another archival coloration in charcoal and blue early in the fall of 2014.  These were all great Westerleys. They were beautifully made and selling well to fans of traditional menswear. We stand behind these Westerleys! But this was not the sweater the Achievers wanted, and the Achievers would not be denied.

The Original Westerley Returns

We went back to the archives and studied the movie to capture the coloration as best we could for the version known as The Original Westerley.

The Pendleton Westerley cardigan in tan and brown.

This is 100% lambswool in 3gg knit, and it’s ready to take you through your next monsoon, or maybe to your next Lebowskifest. We restored the original stitch pattern to the placket, and attached a small bowling pin keychain. We think it really pulls the sweater together.

A man sits in a rocking chair on the porch of an oder home, holding a book and wearing a Pendleton Westerley cardigan sweater.

The Dude abides. And so does his sweater. Come see us in our stores, or order online before they’re gone. And on 3/6/2018, the actual date of the movie’s release, the sweater is 20% off. We never do this! So get yours now–here.

Shop the Westerley Sweater

Jeff Bridges relaxes in his kitchen, wearing pajama pants, purple T-shirt, moccasins and his Westerley sweater and holding a phone receiver in his hand.

Because some things just get better with age.

 

 

 

Pendleton, Park Avenue West – Grand Opening on Thursday!

The Pendleton store in downtown Portland, Oregon.

You’re Invited!

Here is your official invitation to to the grand opening of our newest store – Pendleton at Park Avenue West.

  • Thursday, August 24, 2017 / 4:00 – 8:30 pm
  • Join us for the Pendleton at Park Avenue West Grand Opening!

Born in Oregon

Our new flagship shopping experience celebrates the fleece-to-fashion world of Pendleton Woolen Mills, the original Northwest Makers. Visit our newest store, located on beautiful Director Park in the heart of Portland’s downtown. Shop a curated selection of home goods, apparel for men and women, and our iconic wool blankets. Learn about Pendleton’s story of pioneers, craftsmanship and quality, a legacy that’s been part of Oregon and Washington for over a century. This is the Pendleton store you’ve been waiting for! We look forward to seeing you there.

• Live music from Kris Deelane & The Hurt will play as we go camping in a forest in Director Park with the Pendleton x Airstream trailer, Poler tents, live trees and more.
• Live music info here: http://krisdeelaneandthehurt.com/
• Oregon Makers booths will feature screen printing, wool crafts and other fun stuff.
• Take a very Pendleton photo at our photo booth.
• Have a question? An idea? We want to hear! Pendleton designers will be instore for Q+A on product, manufacturing, design inspiration.
• Enjoy a drink and a snack on us. We’re hosting a bar with beverages, beer, wine and cocktails featuring ROGUE ALES and spirits from Hood River Distillery, along with delicious bites and treats.
• Additional Grand Opening specials include gifts with purchase (while supplies last), daily enter-to-win and grand prize drawings.
• For our loyal friends, double reward Pendleton Perks on store purchases!
RSVP HERE – but if you just show up, you’ll still have a blast!

The Pendleton store in downtown Portland, Oregon.

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We will see you there!

The Pendleton store in downtown Portland, Oregon.

Another Tiny Home at the Kansas City Home Show

Getting Tiny!

We recently worked with our designer friends Fancy Smith and Kimberly Anderson on decor for a tiny home featured in the 69th Annual Kansas City Home Show. Their results were so much fun that we thought we’d share photos and give some background on the project. Enjoy! 

A loft bed in a tiny home.

Please tell us a little bit about who you are, and what your role was in decorating this tiny home.

Cactus Creek was given the distinct pleasure of decorating the Tiny House at the 69th Annual Kansas City Home Show. Cactus Creek’s Design Team of Fancy Smith & Kimberly Anderson were handed an amazing, fun and surprisingly spacious 295 square foot blank palette. Our role was to provide realistic living options to maximize a small space, while bringing a design style all our own.

Before: the tiny home with no furnishings

After: the tiny home decorated! Lots of Pendleton items here. Our Design: Trailblazer Mod….designed to bring home reminders of the open road wrapped in warmth & whimsy. The Tiny house was packed with eclectic, unique goods from Cactus Creek , perfectly accented with towels, pillows & blankets from Pendleton.

Were there any specific challenges in this décor?

The main challenges were maximizing the space in a tiny home which – with only 295 square feet – means utilizing vertical space.

the staircase decorated with western decor items, including a Pendleton blanket.

We wanted it to feel cozy but truly a place where people would want to stay and even see themselves living there.  By adding a queen bed covered in stunning Pendleton bedding to the large loft we made the vertical design very livable.  The second smaller loft was styled to be storage space which is critical for tiny home dwellers.

Please tell us about the show the home was part of.

The Home Builders Association held Kansas City’s first home show in 1948 and the annual event has become the go-to showcase for home improvement, technology, and design ideas as well as a fun-filled day with activities for all ages.

The interior of the Home Builders Show.

The 2017 Home Show

The 2017 Home Show was the 69th year of the event held at Bartle Hall March 17-19, 2017.  This year the focus of the show was alternate home solutions that are rising in popularity – this  included both the tiny home and a yurt.

The exterior of the tiny home, which is parked inside the auditorium.

Is there anything super special about this particular home?

Everything about this home is special. It was hand crafted by a small family in Kansas. Every detail in a tiny home has to be thought through so that space is well used but modern day conveniences are still included. The kitchen area was truly spacious, so many cupboards, and the cubbies under the stairs for storage.  Cactus Creek’s vision is to layer a space. Fancy and Kimberly started by adding practical pieces… living area, bed, lighting, storage containers. Then the layers of Pendleton and Cactus Creek vintage decor that gave the space comfort and beauty which is what really made it feel like an amazing home or weekend getaway.

Where can interested people learn more about this brand/builder of tiny homes?

Contact Arlin at  Globe Tiny Homes 913-633-0529

Where can people learn more about you, Kimberly? 

Instagram: @americanroadtripstyle

www.roadtripstyle.com

 Where can people learn more about you, Fancy? 

Instagram: @cactuscreek

www.cactuscreekshop.com

Fancy Smith and Kimberly Anderson

Fun Facts: Kimberly & Fancy love to hit the road! They are available for your tiny home, camper, RV, yurt or whatever you can dream up. Shop  www.cactuscreekshop.com for all the rustic & eclectic items featured!

Pendleton in Adidas Originals ad

Screen shot of Gonz on a skateboard from Adidas ad

Screenshot of Snoop Dogg in a Pendleton shirt from an Adidas ad

A Surprise to Us

When our friends at Greenspan’s posted the shot below a few months ago, we only knew that Mark Gonzales and Snoop Dogg were wearing our shirts. Love those old school Adidas Originals.

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The Full Commercial

We didn’t know it was for this commercial seen on the Grammys last night; edgy, interesting and powerful. If you  missed the show–after all, only 26 million people did–you can watch now!