We celebrated seventy years of classic Pendleton style for women on September 9, 2019 at our downtown Portland store. A fantastic time was had by all.
This Fall’s women’s line has a capsule of archive-inspired pieces, so we brought out the original garments and some other favorites to show how good design is timeless–and a lot of fun.
People were transfixed by the details.
The catering was excellent! We want to thank Delilah’s Catering for getting into the spirit of the party and helping us design a menu that reflected the best of decades past. We also hope guests enjoyed the special cocktail developed just for us–“The 49’er”, of course!
We were delighted to see people wearing vintage Pendleton pieces and caught photos of a few, including this beautiful reversible skirt in tartan red and cream.
This plaid wool western shirt on one of the Lindy Society Dancers is a classic. And we think the navy plaid skirt is Pendleton, too!
The Portland Lindy Society dancers set the tone of the evening. Their swing music put everyone in the mood to celebrate.
Food, gifts, dancers, cocktails and music. What more could you ask for? Thank you to everyone who joined in the fun and made this a success.
Here’s to seventy more!
Fall 2019 marks seven decades of style from Pendleton. And we are having a party!
The event details are here: Seven Decades of Style party
You can also register at Eventbrite: Pendleton party, Seven Decades of Style
We can’t wait to share the archive inspirations for this year – vintage clothes are encouraged, so put on your ’49er, bring a friend and have a blast.
See you there!
We are celebrating seven decades of Pendleton Womenswear with a spectacular issue of WOVEN. Follow along the timeline of style and history, from from poodle skirts to power suits. You’ll love this look back at the styles, ads, and happenings of the day from 1949 through 2019. You’ll also get a sneak peak at the special collection for this fall, with garments drawn from our archives, like this coat on the back cover.
Read it online here: WOVEN – 70 years of Women’s Fashion
Cassy Berry – @cassyberryphoto
To brand new mothers who are finding their way, and mothers who have this motherhood thing all figured out-
Cassey Lennon – @eyeamsun
To mothers-to-be, and mothers remembered-
@merzydotes and @cosmic.american
For all your days and nights of work, worry, joy and laughter; we say thank-you, and we wish you the best.
Happy Mother’s Day.
Pendleton gifts for Mother’s Day
The Pacific Northwest is famous for rainy spring weather, and this year is no exception. But a little moisture (or a lot) doesn’t stop us from getting out and about—which calls for rainwear!
Pendleton’s signature rainwear is engineered to keep you comfortable, with fabrics that join the water-resistance of polyurethane with the breathability of cotton, and seam-seal technology. From the hood to the snaps, our coats are designed to stay dry.
When it’s time to hit the trail, slip on some Pendleton rain boots! Padded for comfort and support, dry for any weather.
We have plaids, jacquard-inspired tonal patterns, and National Park boots in three heights. With the right Pendleton rain jacket and a pair of Pendleton rain boots, you’re ready to take on the wettest spring.
Check out more jacket styles here: Pendleton Outerwear
And see all the boot styles here: Pendleton Rain Boots
Shots 1, 2, 5: Danielle Visco for Zoom Zoom Creative
Shots 3, 4: Kristen Frasca, @kristenfrasca
It’s been a long, late winter, and we are ready for Spring with cotton, silk, and patterns that remind us of growth and harmony.
Weaving baskets from willow has long been associated with tribes of the American Southwest. Basketry among Native American’s varies by region because of the materials available. In the Northeast, weavers work with sweet grass or ash splints. In the Southeast, baskets are made with bundled pine needles or rivercane. Northwestern tribes use the abundant cedar bark, spruce roots, and grasses of the region. Tribes of the Southwest use sumac or willow wood.
This is a living art form, very much in practice. This video portrays a contemporary basket maker, Margaret Acosta. In the museum shots, watch for a vintage Pendleton blanket on the wall!
Willow Basket Blankets
Our Willow Basket cotton blankets, inspired by the intricate beauty of handcrafted baskets, are woven for us in Germany from 100% certified organic cotton. Why Germany? Well, we are masters weavers of wool. For cotton blankets, we turned to the experts in Germany to find the quality we wanted.
Ultrasoft, lightweight and woven of the finest yarns, our cotton blankets are made with the same quality and care as our world-class wool. This exclusive pattern is woven in soft hues to match any room. Machine-washable organic cotton is certified socially and environmentally responsible by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). See them here: Willow Basket Blanket
If you love the Willow Basket pattern, you can also check out Mojave Twill and Yuma Star, two more beautiful organic cotton blanket patterns.
Silk gets Willowy
The lacy woven patterns of willow baskets also inspired a silk fabric for our Women’s line this spring – Willow Creek.
See it here: Willow Creek
By the end of January, we’re all looking forward to warmer days. What do you wear when you’re tired of winter clothes, ready to transition into Spring, but still need warmth?
Magic Wash Merino
Magic Wash Merino knits feature the luxe, silky hand of knitted merino, in a range of colors that look to the season ahead. The crewneck (above) features some very cool neck detailing, ribbed trim, and raglan sleeves. See all the colors here: Magic Wash Merino Crew
What is the Magic?
It’s a special treatment that makes each garment unique. These sweaters are hand-dyed for unique variations in color, transforming each piece into a one-of-a-kind find, with unique shading along necklines, seams and hems.
Look closely at this pullover–it has the cutest (faux) pocket ever, and a relaxed hem to keep it easy to wear. Our design team thought a lot about the sleeve length to get it just right. See all the colors here: Magic Wash Merino Pullover
Merino is one of our favorite luxury yarns, thanks to its sheen, airy lightness, and comfort. That’s right – you can layer for warmth and/or fashion, but this wool feels wonderful next to your skin. So slip on the V-Neck, and enjoy the silky, thermo-regulating comfort of pure merino wool. See all the colors here: Magic Wash Merino V-neck
If you’d like to learn more about Merino sheep and what makes their wool so special, we suggest this page: Merino Sheep Info. They are a special breed, carefully husbanded over centuries to create this outstanding wool. Plus, they’re handsome, and they know it.
And speaking of handsome, we have men’s pieces too: Men’s Magic Wash Merino
The Pendleton ’49er is a perfect illustration of the adage that quality never goes out of style.
This American classic is still going strong after more than sixty years. But where did it come from?
The answer starts with the changes for women in World War II, when American women proclaimed, “We can do it.” This iconic WWII image was used in countless posters and bond drives during WWII. A serious woman dressed for hard work with her hair in a kerchief, the image still fixes us today, gazing out at onlookers over a flexed bicep.
She was a symbol of women stepping up to fill the need for factory workers during wartime, but she was also part of the emergence of one of Pendleton’s most enduring items of womenswear: the 49er jacket.
One of Pendleton’s jacquards for Spring 2018 is Falcon Cove. The full pattern shows best in the Falcon Cove blanket, woven in natural hues of sand, grasses and seaside bluffs. These shapes and colors represent the harmony of a beautiful stretch of coastline where thousands of birds nest each year.
Patricia sent us the following story about a world-traveling Pendleton coat (seen above in St. Petersburg). And we love it!
Fifty-four years ago this month, my new husband bought me a full length, lined, red plaid Pendleton coat at a store in Bangor, Maine. I loved that coat and for many years it kept me warm. After having two children, I “grew” but my coat did not. Unable to part with it, I found a home for it in the back of a closet. Years later my older daughter saw it and asked if she could take it to college with her. I was happy to have it in use again. After four years at the University of Minnesota, the coat found its way back to my closet.