Plaid Tidings – The Best Pendleton Tartans for the Holidays

At Pendleton, choosing a favorite tartan is like choosing your favorite child. We just can’t! We have so many wonderful examples to choose from! But since the holidays are here, and we want to wish you all Plaid Tidings, here are a few of our favorites. And if you’re wondering which one is number one? Well, just like with our kids, we can’t pick. So here are our top three Pendleton Plaids for the Holidays, and why we chose them.

Buffalo Plaid aka Buffalo Check aka Rob Roy Tartan aka MacGregor Tartan

Rob Roy MacGregor was a Scottish cattle-dealer and outlaw who attained folk-hero status through his skills with a sword and his endless support of the poor. This bold red and black check became known as the “Rob Roy” tartan, after him. But this is an official tartan for the MacGregor clan, known as MacGregor Black. It’s also known as Buffalo Plaid and Buffalo Check, and can be found in many colorations under those names. Rob Roy is a customer favorite, so it’s not just one of our favorites—it’s one of yours.

Royal Stewart

At the holidays, Red Stewart is definitely another customer favorite, but the Royal Stewart Tartan comes in many colorations! Each is an official tartan—dress, hunting, and more. We are particularly fond of the Charcoal Stewart, but have used it in red, black and even camel (see the Sir Pendleton Shirt). As a plaid, it’s exceptionally balanced and pleasing. And here it is on the loom…

 

Black Watch Tartan

This is also known as the Government or 42nd tartan. It was developed to wear by the Black Watch, one of the early Highland Independent Companies. From a distance, the pattern reads as dark as night, so it is the stealth tartan, the ninja of tartans. It’s another one of our perennial bestsellers. Customers love how the green and navy is subtle, almost a solid. We have a loom shot of this one, too.

Three fantastic tartans for the holidays! Which is your favorite?

Wishing you Plaid Tidings from Pendleton Woolen Mills.

 

 

Five Best Pendleton Gifts for Hosts

They’ve opened their home to you for hospitality and celebration. What do you bring along to say thank you? A bottle of wine is welcome and traditional. Isn’t there a more lasting way to express your gratitude?

Here are our top five ideas for gifts for the host or hostess.

#5 National Park Coffee Mugs

Start the day with the Great Outdoors. These oversized mugs pay tribute to America’s Treasures with their designs based on labels for our popular National Park Series blankets.

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#4 Oversized Spa Towels

Whether used at the beach or as a bath sheet at home, there is a towel to suit everyone’s personality here, including fun collabs with Disney, Harry Potter and Tommy Bahama.

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#3 Pendleton x Yeti Yoga Mats

Namaste. Need we say more? Photo by Kristian Irey.

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#2 Roll-Up Blanket

A year-round favorite for picnics, concerts and sporting events, our roll-up will be ready to go anywhere with your host, thanks to its built-in handle.

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#1 – The 5th Avenue Throw

Luxury from our USA mills in 100% merino wool. Now, that’s how you say thank you!

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If you need more ideas, visit www.pendleton-usa. And have a wonderful holiday!

 

BodyVox and Pendleton

BodyVox, the innovative Portland dance company, creates work that breaks boundaries in the most beautiful ways. From their website:

Breathtaking productions rich in imagery, athleticism and humor: Led by Emmy Award-winning choreographers Jamey Hampton and Ashley Roland, BodyVox is known for its visual virtuosity, distinctive wit and unique ability to combine dance, theater and film into breathtaking productions rich in imagery, athleticism and humor. Since its founding in 1997, BodyVox has toured to critical acclaim on stages around the world, developed 9 award winning films, 30 original shows and 3 operas, featuring more than 200 original dances.

We were delighted to open our BodyVox 2017 calendar and find some beautiful shots featuring Pendleton. March takes flight with this image.

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Photo courtesy BodyVox, used with permission

Of course, you all recognize the Original Board Shirt made famous by the Beach Boys. The blanket is the Water Blanket from our series that benefits the American Indian College Fund.

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Inspired by a blanket in an early 20th-century photograph by Edward S. Curtis, this blanket is inspired by the peerless weaving of the American Southwest. It incorporates classic Navajo elements in an eye-dazzling pattern. The central dragonfly, an emblem of water, symbolizes life.

Later in the calendar, we found this gravity-defying hackysack game.

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Photo courtesy BodyVox, used with permission

You can check out our accessories here: Pendleton Accessories

You can see The Original Board Shirt here: Board Shirt (original Blue Surf Plaid)

And see the Water blanket here: The College Fund Water Blanket

 

That Pendleton Blanket Instameet: Cannon Beach

UpdatedCannonBeach_imageIn April, we hosted an Instameet at Cannon Beach . Photographers came together to connect, share photo opportunities and models, and enjoy Stumptown cold brew, a bonfire and a hotdog roast! People brought their Pendleton blankets and wore their Pendleton flannels. Families, cameras, dogs and above it all, the beauty of Haystack Rock, an oregon Coast icon.

Below is just a sampling of images sent to us. You can find more on Instagram, of course (#thatpnwmeet) . The photos capture the #mypendleton experience through so many lenses (all rights to all images: Pendleton Woolen Mills).

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We want to thank everyone who came out and had a good time.

If you missed the fun at cannon Beach, please don’t be sad. We’re part of another Instameet this Saturday, June 25th 2016, meeting at 4 PM at Trillium Lake on Mount Hood. Square Mile Cider is one of the sponsors, and there will be some Pendleton and MVMT giveaways!

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Hosted by @idkpdx @kyle.pnw @richbacon @temporaryeternal @jordan_littleton – contact them on Instagram for more information.

We can’t wait to see your #mypendleton shots on Instagram.

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That #PNW #pendletonblanket Instameet!

UpdatedCannonBeach_imageWe’ve teamed up with @ownthelight @robstrok @thatpnwlife @iamshpak to host an epic Instameet at Cannon Beach this Saturday, April 30th at 3pm.

We will be grilling hot dogs, with coffee and s’mores for everyone!

Plus we’ll have prizes.

And a BONFIRE.

Tell your friends, grab your Pendleton blankets and join the Instameet party on the beach! #mypendleton #thatpnwmeet #thatpnwlife #wwim13

 

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Greg Hatten in Yellowstone

Our friend Greg Hatten, the WoodenBoat adventurer, is floating some of our country’s National Parks as part of the centennial celebration of the National Park Service. To celebrate Yellowstone national park’s 144th birthday, we are looking back at Greg’s trip on the Yellowstone River. Enjoy!

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Greg Hatten is an accomplished guide and fisherman who splits his time between Missouri and Oregon. He is happiest on the river in his wooden drift boat, the Portola.  Greg’s Portola was built to the exact specs of the original Portola piloted by conservationist Martin Litton down the Colorado River in 1964 as part of a historic journey that helped save the Grand Canyon. As difficult as it is to believe, there were plans at the time to dam the Colorado River, flood the Grand Canyon and turn it into a gigantic reservoir.  Wooden drift boaters took to the river, along with a documentary crew, to make a film that brought national attention to the proposed reservoir project. This river journey helped save the Grand Canyon for future generations. Greg’s 2014 recreation of this journey is part of his larger commitment to our National Parks.

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, Greg is running rivers through some of our most beloved Parks. Pendleton will be following his journeys on our blog, starting with his trip to Yellowstone Lake.

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On this WoodenBoat adventure… it was late May and the lakes in Yellowstone National Park were free of ice earlier this year than anyone could remember. Usually on Memorial Day weekend, this park is just waking up from its winter hibernation – the snow is patchy in places, the campgrounds are just starting to open, and the staff and crew coming from around the country to work for the summer are learning the answers to hundreds of questions they will be asked by the visiting tourists from around the world. The park was green, the wildlife was stirring and except for the sparse number of tourists, it seemed like it was midseason.

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Greg sets up camp Pendleton-style, in a canvas tent with our Yellowstone National Park blanket AND one of our newest products. Greg has only good things to say about our new roll-ups, which are virgin wool camp blankets attached to a new waxed cotton fabric that we are just a little bit proud of.

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As you can see, so far we are offering this blanket in Badlands, Glacier and Grand Canyon. Greg says it sleeps like a dream in the wild, and we trust his opinion. So go read all about his trip on his WoodenBoat blog, especially the meal. Everyone here in the office wants to try Greg’s campsite cuisine!

George’s Best Day with Pendleton Pet

 

We can’t express our happiness at being part of the story of George’s Best Day. George is a service dog who helps a young lady named Bella with walking.

Watch and enjoy George’s best day. We promise, it will give your own day a mighty lift.

 

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Photo courtesy of ABC news

Learn more about BarkBox here: BARKBOX

And you can see Pendleton Pet products here, including George’s Gigantic Bed: Pendleton Pet

Airstream & Pendleton. Your dreams came true.

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The new Pendleton Airstream is causing a stir, as it brings together two iconic American brands in in the #liveriveted Airstream of your dreams. Enjoy these photos, taken in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, before we could even TALK about this project!

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The special touches start at the front door…

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…and continue through the interior.

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Pendleton motifs that celebrate our National Parks are embossed on the leather seating and stenciled on the storage doors.

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A selection of Pendleton Home goods from our National Park Collection furnishes your Airstream in Pendleton style.

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And don’t forget your best friend.

 

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The Pendleton Airstream isn’t just a wonderful way to explore the National Parks. It’s a wonderful way to support the Parks. A portion from the sale of each of the 100 limited edition Pendleton Airstreams will help support the National Park Foundation, which maintains and preserves our National Treasures for future generations.

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So if you’re ready to start living your dream life today, contact Airstream for more information here: PENDLETON AIRSTREAM

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Happy Trails!

 

ICONS UNITE: TIMBERLAND X PENDLETON

Today’s post is brought to you by Timberland. Enjoy!

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UNDERSTATED LUXURY

Pendleton wool – an American classic since 1863 – sets the standard for warmth, hardiness, and vintage style for fabric.

For our Winter Wool Collection, we’ve partnered with the heritage fabric company to create items with exceptional craftsmanship – jackets, boots and backpacks.  The fabric used in our latest collection from Pendleton’s dates from 1973 – the year the Original Yellow Boot came to be.

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Creative Director Chris Pawlus explains, “For this collection, we were inspired to re-imagine a classic material, wool. Wool is a high quality, durable, natural material that can really express style when we elevate the material through design. This collection is rooted in tradition, but designed for everyday adventures on the Modern Trail.”

This legendary brand has woven a touch of understated luxury into some of our most iconic workwear essentials. Dare to wear the vintage look without looking like your grandfather in our Pendleton collection.

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​Our Men’s Heston Waterproof Boots get a vintage makeover with a custom Pendleton wool cuff. The craftsmanship that makes these boots the best – top quality leather, seam-sealed waterproof construction, Green Rubber recycled lug outsoles, insulation – make them hardy, but the Pendleton wool gives them the ideal  touch of retro style.

If you want a bolder look with the classic wool pattern, go for the Roll-Top Boots. With the rolled down fabric showing off the heritage Pendleton wool and the sole designed for traction, you can wear this boot throughout the winter season in any weather.

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Effortless vintage style defines the Women’s Whittemore Wool Accent Lace-Up Boots. A slim fit with premium leather and subtly stacked heel make this a perfect pair of everyday boots. The pocket of heritage pattern that graces the cuff make them one-of-a-kind and the OrthoLite footbeds are seriously comfortable for long walks, backyard bonfires or city dates.

See style blogger Jessica Kirby style the Whittemore Wool Accent Lace Up Boots here.

RETRO COATS

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Vintage revival takes center stage with our Men’s Shrewsbury Peak Plaid Down Jacket. Featuring a 100 percent Pendleton plaid wool exterior and premium leather trim, this is a striking coat in a classic design. With the shearling collar, removable hood and 600-fill goose down to fight off the freeze, you’ll look sharp and stay warm. The tartan style is bold, unforgettable, and a cold weather classic.

CLASSIC BACKPACKS

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For any outfit, you need an accessory – and  we love a statement backpack. The New Original 23-Liter Pendleton Wool Backpack is one such bag. Contemporary design meets Pendleton’s heritage plaid for a vintage style that’s been designed for modern life. A quick access laptop pouch and interior pockets make school, work, or weekend adventures easy to navigate. The throwback custom wool and premium leather accents make it an original.

This winter, don’t miss out on this collaboration. When two American icons partner to combine premium leather with heritage wool, the result is well-crafted heritage patterns on your favorite items.

 Other styles here: SHOP at Timberland.com

Jackson Sundown, the Bishop Brothers, and the Pendleton Round-Up. Let’er Buck!

Note: In honor of the Pendleton Round-Up, we’re sharing an older post about Jackson Sundown, who is one of the great riders of the American West. It explains our company’s long and rich connection with the Pendleton Round-Up. And you might want to read our earlier post about an exhibit of Jackson Sundown’s personal effects, with photos of modern-day volunteers raising the actual teepee in the historic shot below: see it here.  Let’er Buck!

The Pendleton Round-up  starts this week—an amazing rodeo adventure in Pendleton, Oregon, celebrating its 102nd year. Our designers travel there for inspiration, entertainment, and to watch our westernwear in action on rodeo competitors and fans. Oregon Public Broadcasting has a video titled “Pendleton Round-Up: The Wild West Way”  that’s well worth watching, and Cowboys & Indians magazine has some great background.

Among the historic images, you’ll see this shot:

This is Roy Bishop and Jackson Sundown posing at the Pendleton Round-Up. This image actually made the fashion blogs in 2009, when recreations of Roy Bishop’s fringed coat and Jackson Sundown’s oval-print shirt were part of Pendleton’s Centennial offering. But the story is about more than fashion history. This photo is about rodeo history.

The association of Pendleton Woolen Mills and the Round-Up goes back to the very beginning, when along with his brothers Clarence and Chauncey, Roy Bishop established the first mill at its current location in Pendleton, Oregon. The brothers combined their production and retailing expertise with an idled mill, a river, and fine fleece provided by local wool growers. Back then, PWM was a blanket company. Our first and most valued customer was the Native American, and the Bishop brothers worked hard to fill the strong demand (we still sell approximately 60% of our blankets to Native customers every year).

The Bishops were key to the conception of the first Round-Up. Rodeos are big business now, and they were big business then. It was an undertaking to get to a rodeo, especially for a working cowboy. The Round-Up needed something special to draw the crowd. It was unheard-of to include Native Americans to a Western rodeo, but Roy Bishop rode out to meet tribal leaders and invite their participation. He was politely received and quietly listened to, but he left without receiving a definite answer.

The rodeo’s starting date approached, and still he waited. On the morning before the rodeo began, Roy stepped out on the mill’s loading dock. In the distance, he had his answer when he saw the dust of the tribes as they made their way to the Indian campground. The cooperation between the Columbia Basin tribes and the Pendleton Round-up, unique among modern rodeos, continues to this day.

So what about the other person in this photo?

Jackson Sundown was born Waaya-Tonah-Toesits-Kahn in 1863 in Montana. During the Nez Perce war of 1877, he rode with Sitting Bull, retreating to Canada with the Sioux. He eventually returned to Washington, then to Idaho, then to Montana, supporting himself by working, breeding and breaking horses.

In 1912, at the age of 49, Waaya-Tonah-Toesits-Kahn began entering rodeo events in Canada and Idaho using the name Jackson Sundown. The crowds went wild when he tied his braids under his chin, lifted his sombrero and started the ride, his wooly angora chaps streaming.

He took so many prizes that other riders refused to challenge him. Stock owners pulled their animals when they saw his name on the list of possible riders, as after Jackson Sundown rode a horse, it might be so thoroughly mastered that it never bucked again.

Jackson Sundown entered the Pendleton Round-Up several times, placing but not winning. In 1915, in a controversial decision, he placed third and decided to retire from rodeo riding. But a sculptor named Alexander Phimister Proctor prevailed upon him to try one more time. In 1916, he did. Jackson Sundown came out of the gate on a horse named Angel, and the spectacular ride that followed has become legendary. The crowd went wild, and threatened to take down the grandstands board-by-board if Sundown wasn’t awarded the title he had so clearly won.

At twice the age of his competitors, the lanky six-foot tall Indian not only won the bucking championship, but the all-around title as well. He lived out his life on the Nez Perce reservation, raising horses and passing on his skills until his death in 1923. He’s been inducted into more rodeo and athletic halls-of-fame than we have space to list. He is a key character in a novel by Ken Kesey, The Last Go ‘Round.

Jackson Sundown is also featured in a terrific documentary called “American Cowboys.” This is a detailed look at the frustration of competitive riding for contestants of color. It was playing at the Tamastslikt Cultural Center just outside Pendleton, which is a fantastic place to learn about the history of the tribes of the Columbia Basin. It may or may not be part of their permanent installation, but this documentary includes footage of Sundown riding. Sadly, photographs of him riding rare; this may be the only one.

It is sad that a man who possessed such incredible skills in horsemanship isn’t shown during more of his competitive rides. But there are plenty of images of Jackson Sundown showing his deep understanding of a wardrobe’s role in a great performance. Chaps, hat, and that aloof expression. Jackson Sundown had it all, a fact well-illustrated by this logo for the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Yes, that is Jackson Sundown.

So today, in honor of the Pendleton Round-Up, please enjoy these images of Jackson Sundown; Nez Perce warrior, compatriot of Sitting Bull, bronc rider, horse breeder, main character, documentary subject, fashion blog icon, Round-Up Champion and Inductee into the Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.

And a true proponent of individual style.

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