It’s a Wrap–Pendleton Mill Tribute Series ends with last Racine blanket

In 2010, Pendleton Woolen Mills introduced our Tribute Series, paying homage to four of the American Mills that thrived during the Golden Age of Native American Trade blankets. Today, we will talk about Racine Woolen Mills, known for their intricate patterns. 


In 1865, a Racine company began producing textiles under the name Blake & Company under the leadership of Lucien Blake and John Hart. In 1877, the company incorporated under the name of “Racine Woolen Mills—Blake & Company.” Racine Woolen Mills went on to become the premier producer and marketer of Native American Trade blankets.


The Racine Woolen Mill

Racine was well-established by 1893. Records show employees of 150 skilled weavers and gross sales of $300K, which was an robust amount for the day.

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The Best Pendleton Sweaters for our 30% Off Pendleton Sweater Sale

Fall is here, and Pendleton is offering 30% off SELECT women’s sweaters valid online October 5-9, 2017. Offer includes free shipping on $150+ orders.

Starburst Stripe Cardigan (photo Michell Strizhius)


A long cardigan you’ll love to wear as the weather cools down. This oversized shawl collar buttons you into the warmest shades of burgundy. Wraparound stripes with a burst of color on the back will remind you of Santa Fe sunsets. Pure merino wool makes this the softest.

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Mea Alford, 1945 Pendleton Round-Up Princess

When Mary Esther Brock (or Mea, as she’s been called most of her life) was appointed to the Court, there hadn’t been a Pendleton Round-Up for two years. World War II was still going on, but the community missed their annual tradition so much that they decided to hold it anyway. And an important part of the Round-Up is the Round-Up Court.


Pioneer Heritage

Round-Up royalty was chosen based on family history, age and ability to ride a horse. Mea, reminiscing, stressed that a family’s pioneer background was one of the most important criteria. Her father’s grandparents had come from Missouri on the Oregon Trail in 1848 or 1849, settling first in Heppner, where her father, Wilson E. Brock, was born. Her grandfather was treasurer of the first Pendleton Round-Up. So her pioneer pedigree was impeccable on her father’s side.

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GQ: “Jeff Bridges will be “The Dude’ Now and Forever” (thanks to his sweater)

This week, is featuring everyone’s favorite Dude, Jeff Bridges.  He’s wearing a banquet of sweaters, a feast of sweaters, or maybe it’s a flock of sweaters.

Of course the standout is the Westerley Cardigan.

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Photo courtesy

We think you should go read this. But that’s just our opinion. And if you are reading this blog post between 9/22/201 and 9/25/2017, you can save 25% off the Westerley with the code “FAMILY”.

Top Ten to Buy with your Friends & Family Discount

Our Fall Friends & Family sale is here, with 25% off all your men’s and Women’s apparel purchases–no exclusions! This is your chance to get those items you’ve been eyeing at a fantastic price with the code FAMILY.


Details: 9/20/17 through 9/25/17. 25% off all apparel with the code FAMILY. We also have FREE SHIPPING on orders of $150 and up. Pendleton Retail stores are offering 25% off all apparel, socks, towels, shower curtains, and rugs. Pendleton Outlet Stores have great deals going on, too, so stop in and see what you can’t live without!

Here are our top ten picks for what to buy during Pendleton’s Friends & Family event!

10_ Notch Collar Pea Coat

Pendleton is the place to go for REAL outerwear that will last you for seasons. The double-breasted Pea Coat is a classic design, patterned after the warm wool coats worn by sailors. Ours is a little more shaped, to flatter you. See your color choices here.


9_Harding Jacquard Moto Jacket

Another classic with an entirely different feel; moto jacket styling in our historic Harding pattern. The discount on this one is awesome, so don’t hold back! More information here.


Dustin Rowley Photography

8_ Gorge Jacket in Papago Park Jacquard

Our Gorge Jacket is an archival style, our Papago Park jacquard is a new favorite. This one will last you for life. Check it out here.


Brandon Burk Photography

7_Eton Plaid Blazer

Plaid blazers are the street style look of the season. Classic styles like these can be worn so many ways, so get creative! See your blazer options here.


Dustin Rowley Photography

6_ Pamela Pleat Skirt

Is there anything more Pendleton than a pleated wool skirt? This one has front and back pleats sewn flat at the hips. The plaid is more visible as you walk, because the pleats open with your steps. Wool is woven in the USA, skirt made in the USA. See it here.


5_The Cushman Cruiser

Another archival classic! A car coat with the retro style you love (and some of you remember). We changed up the buffalo check for this subtle tonal plaid, adding style but keeping all the lumberjack appeal. More info here.


4_ Starburst Stripe Cardigan

Relaxed fit in pure merino wool with an intricate pattern on the back. You’ll reach for this over and over as the days get cooler. Perfect over jeans and and this season’s new favorite, cords. Size info here.


3_Westerley in both colors

Dude, relax. You can have this now. And if you already own the classic Tan, we respectfully ask that you consider the new Black and Red, which isn’t new at all, really. It’s another colorway from the archives. Both abiding for you here.


Taylor Colson, Cameron Powell Photography


2_49’er Jacket

Still going strong after almost 70 years, the 49’er was the star piece in Pendleton’s first full womenswear collection in 1949. Its simple shape and superb construction will be part of your wardrobe for a long, long time. See more colors here.



All of them. Yes, that’s right. ALL MEN’S WOOL SHIRTS ARE 25% OFF. Do we need to say more? See your many choices here: MEN’S WOOL SHIRTS


And all women’s wool shirts, too! See them here: WOMEN’S WOOL SHIRTS

That’s it. What would you put at #1?


Photography by Pendleton Woolen Mills unless otherwise noted. Many thanks to our talented brand ambassadors.






WE WALK TOGETHER by Ginew, Dyani White Hawk and Pendleton

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


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.


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.


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:

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.


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


A Colorful Smoky Mountain Elopement

Today’s post is a repost from  (with permission, of course). Enjoy it here, and if you’d like to see more photos, head over there! 

Smoky Mountain Elopement

Photography:  Leah Moyers Photography    Officiant : Radiant Gatherings

There is something so intimate, meaningful, and special about an elopement. The act of two people intentionally choosing to say ‘I do’ JUST to each other (and sometimes just parents or immediate family) has a certain charm that we adore. We were smitten when looking through talented Leah Moyers‘ photographs of their creekside ceremony in the Smoky Mountains National Park. We are all about infusing meaning into as many wedding day details as possible and Sandie and Greg did this to perfection – below you’ll read how this sweet couple met and why boats and water are paramount in their relationship (swoon…). After a personalized ceremony reading by officiant Radiant Gatherings, the newlyweds headed to Tennessee staple property Blackberry Farm for dinner and continued celebrations. Cheers to the new Mr. and Mrs!

Leah Moyers said:

“Smoky Mountain and Blackberry Farm Elopement: Sandie & Greg’s intimate elopement was so special, what incredible locations! We started the day in their room at Blackberry Farm in Walland, TN. Blackberry Farm is “one of America’s most celebrated intimate luxury hotels… situated on a pastoral 4,200-acre estate in the Great Smoky Mountains… one of the top rated properties in the world.” Sandie chose a beautiful Alice+Olivia dress with intricate embroidered scenes depicting wildlife and nature, very fitting for their wedding day in the mountains. Sandie’s earrings were cast rosemary. During the Victorian era, the herbs a bride carried held serious meaning: rosemary stood for remembrance. She wore a cast feather bracelet, her grandmother’s pin in her hair and clogs from Bryr’s handmade bridal line. We enjoyed wandering around the farm and taking portraits by the stream, the garden and the boat house. Sandie & Greg met on a weekend long kayaking trip and the boat house was a perfect place for them to have portraits made as boats are an important and sentimental part of their life together. Their ceremony took place by the water on mossy rocks in a magnificent part of the Smoky Mountains National Park. Intimate elopements are seriously amazing to photograph and I enjoyed spending the day with Sandie & Greg, capturing them in these beautiful natural areas. After they said I do Greg washed Sandie’s feet in the mountain stream and they celebrated with more portraits, a glass of champagne and wrapped themselves up in a Great Smoky Mountains National Park Pendleton blanket, a beautiful wedding gift. They ended their day with a dinner and weekend celebration at Blackberry Farm and then off to a Caribbean honeymoon. Officiant- Radiant Gatherings, Yacoubian Tailors, Pretty Little Papers, earrings and cuff bracelet by Michael Michaud, The Clay Pot Floral”

Smoky Mountain Elopement

In continuing with the mountain and nature theme, Sandie and Greg’s inviations featured the prettiest foraged foliage.


smoky Mountain Elopement

Sandie’s boho-fabulous Alice + Olivia gown was so her! We loved the personalization this couple placed on their wedding day.

Smoky Mountain Wedding





Now this is a first kiss… cue the ‘aaaaw’ …





Greg washed Sandie’s feet in the mountain stream. We love this meaningful and traditional gesture of utmost respect and love.




Force Friday II : Two New Chapters in the Star Wars x Pendleton Blanket Saga


Pendleton Woolen Mills is proud to announce two new blankets in our Star Wars x Pendleton blanket series, in honor of Episode VIII, The Last Jedi. Preorder Here: Star Wars Blankets.

The history

Forty years ago, “A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…” scrolled across a screen for the very first time.  In the decades since, generations of fans have visited the Star Wars universe through films, novels, graphic novels, amusement rides and more.

When LucasFilm became part of the Disney family, Pendleton Woolen Mills was there to welcome them, thanks to an association that stretches all the way back to opening day of Disneyland in 1955, when Walt Disney invited us to open a western mercantile in Frontierland.

Star Wars today

Pendleton celebrates the latest Star Wars’ release with designs that combine timeless Pendleton motifs with Star Wars characters who wield the power of the Force; for good and for evil. “Remember…the Force will be with you, always.”

The Blankets!

The Last Jedi

In Star Wars: The Last Jedi, a new chapter in the Star Wars saga unfolds. Flanked by the Millennium Falcon, Rey stands at the center, raising her lightsaber in a gesture of defiance against the First Order. The story of Star Wars: The Last Jedi unfolds in a Banded Stripe pattern that harkens back to the Golden Age of trade blankets.  This exclusive Pendleton design is available in a hand-numbered edition of 1,977 with a custom Star Wars label and Certificate of Authenticity.


  • 64″ x 72″
  • Unnapped, felt bound
  • 82% pure virgin wool/18% cotton
  • Jacquard woven for a dramatic reverse option
  • Dry clean
  • Made in USA

The Last Jedi blanket arrives packaged in a box that will fit with your Ultimate Collector’s Set.


A New Alliance

The perfect gift for your favorite young Padawan: a child-sized blanket featuring beloved character Chewbacca in an exclusive Pendleton design for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. A confused Chewbacca studies the porgs, not sure what to make of these curious and mimicking creatures.


  • 32″ x 44″
  • Napped with whipstitch binding
  • 82% pure virgin wool/18% cotton
  • Jacquard woven for a dramatic reverse option
  • Dry clean
  • Made in USA

A New Alliance comes packaged in a special collector’s box.


How to get them!

Pre-order these new blankets at And enjoy these two gentlemen enjoying the heck out of their new Star Wars Pendleton blankets!


WOVEN: Pendleton’s interactive magazine for Summer 2017


It’s here! The second issue of WOVEN , our Pendleton lifestyle magazine, celebrates summer, surf, sand, and Pendleton road trips.  We launched the print version at the Outdoor Retailer trade show, where it was received with enthusiasm that matched our winter issue. We love featuring the work of our talented brand ambassadors in print!

The online version links to related stories, so check it out right here:

Here In Portland: blanket giveaway and coloring entry!

Beards, bicycles, brews…our new “Here in Portland” blanket celebrates all things Portland in a style inspired by mid-century illustration and IFC’s “Portlandia,” a show that has lovingly mocked the Rose City for seven seasons, with the eighth and final season premiering in 2018. We can’t wait!


The blanket is being woven and finished right now, and it’s all here, folks; the World Naked Bike Ride, small-batch artisanal pickling, coffee, Craftsman homes, the peaks of the Willamette Valley, backyard chicken coops, tattoos, the Belmont Goats, the OHSU Tram, and SO MUCH MORE!

We’re celebrating the blanket’s release with a blanket giveaway, and entering is going to be so much fun. We have a coloring sheet of the blanket, and you can let us know exactly how you see Portland by coloring it as you will.

Visitors to the Grand Opening of Pendleton Park Avenue West can enter with sheets at the party. But you can enter at home!

  1. Download an entry sheet here (you can right-click the jpeg below, or download a pdf HERE ) and color it!


  1. Take a photo of your colored Here in Portland coloring sheet and post the photo on Instagram with the hashtags #MyPendleton and #BornInOregon .
  2. Follow, or be a follower of the @pendletonwm Instagram .

It’s that easy! And that FUN! Additional information and official rules after the jump.

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