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Heading North with Pendleton and Canada Goose

There are times when the images tell the story best.  Canada Goose, Canada’s company for luxury down accessories, has joined us for a collaboration born of mutual respect for heritage, luxury and style. Each piece is crafted with 100% virgin wool from our Northwest mills.

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Above: Down-Filled Hooded Scarf 

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Above: Down-Filled Blanket with Carrier

Images of Lisa Dengler, Photograph by Marcel Floruss

Available at http://www.pendleton-usa.com: SHOP

Come Away with Poler and Pendleton Woolen Mills

PXP10We have been waiting for this one to hit. The Poler and Pendleton merchandise is finally live, and we can show you what fun it is. It’s time for some #campvibes .

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With a tent, a rucksack, a rolltop, a camera cooler the collection will keep get you packed up and ready for adventure.

There’s a beach towel and a crazy poncho, too.

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Poler makes goods for people who do stuff. So get on out there and do some stuff, people.

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And when you’re tired out, you can wrap up in Pendleton wool, thanks to the blanket.

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Shop the collection here: SHOP

Read more about Poler here: POLER

3 Ways to Wear Plaid, Fall’s Biggest Trend

What’s the single biggest fashion trend out there right now? PLAID. (Check out Vogue, Women’s Wear Daily, or Harper’s Bazaar if you don’t believe us.)

We at Pendleton don’t typically chase fads, but our ears perk up when it’s one we’ve been perfecting since the 1920s. Indulge us in a quick trip down memory lane, then we’ll show you three ways to style plaid for today.

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We’re pretty obsessed with plaid, as well as its more distinguished subset, tartan. For the uninitiated, tartans are basically registered and/or historical plaids. (All tartans are plaids, but not all plaids are tartans.) Traditionally, Celts would wear the family’s tartan as a proud assertion of family identity. Scottish families even registered their family plaid with the Scottish Tartans Society. We even have our own official tartan, the Pendleton Hunting Tartan—it’s green and blue with touches of red.

We started making plaid wool shirts almost a century ago, in 1924. But things really exploded in in the ’60s, when The Beach Boys wore our Board Shirts on the cover of the album Surfer Girl. (Did you know the band was originally called The Pendletones? Yep!)

Things only took off from there. Plaid got a big boost with the ’90s grunge scene, and it’s been pretty popular ever since. Everyone from George Lucas to Gwen Stefani has been spotted in a Pendleton plaid shirt. And don’t forget Diane Keaton, Neil Young, Marilyn Monroe, Johnny Depp, Lady Gaga, Jack Kerouac and Kurt Cobain, to name a few!

Ready to try some plaid yourself? First off, there’s nothing wrong with looking like you’ve stepped out of a vintage ad…

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…but it’s easy to make plaid more modern too. Here are 3 ways we love to wear the timeless pattern.

1. The Long Plaid Coat

A plaid coat says “I know what’s hip right now” with the added bonus of looking just as stylish in 10 years. It’s versatile enough to go with a worn-in tee on the weekends and your workwear during the week. Put simply, it’ll never go out of style. We love a long plaid wool coat paired with your favorite ankle boots, denim and a simple solid pullover:

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2. The Plaid Fit-and-Flare Dress

Girly, grungy or traditional? It’s all how you style it. This plaid Audrey dress is one of our bestselling pieces, likely because it’s so open to interpretation. It works just as well with heels and a blazer as it does with chunky ankle boots, a leather moto jacket and Smells Like Teen Spirit. We like it with a wide wrap belt to highlight the fit-and-flare shape:

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3. The Plaid Shirt Dress

Your most casual option of these three is a plaid wool shirt dress. It’s where weekend warmth and comfort meet style. On warmer fall days, throw it on instead of yoga pants and a sweatshirt for a look that’s just as cozy and much more fashionable. If it’s cold, layer on leggings, tall boots and a soft, thick scarf:

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We know the fashion industry will move on to the next trend in a heartbeat, but we’ll always have a soft spot for plaid—and fashion in general that transcends trends.

OK, your turn: How are you wearing plaid this fall? And which of these pieces is your favorite?

For you: Dia de los Muertos and Sugar Skulls

Dia de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, is celebrated on October 31st and November 1st and 2nd.  In Mexico, celebrants build ofrendas, altars to the deceased, with photos, candles, and the favorite foods of those who have moved on. In Brazil, families visit churches, then visit cemeteries. In Spain, celebrants enjoy festivals and parades throughout certain neighborhoods. Wherever the holiday is observed, the spirits of the departed are welcomed back to this world with specific symbols; calaveras (sugar skulls), masses of stylized flowers, and dressed skeletons.

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The roots of the holiday go back more than 3,000 years ago, to the age of the Aztecs and a ritual that celebrated the goddess Mictecacihuatl.  The skulls and flowers symbolized death and rebirth. In the 15th century, Spanish conquistadores were aghast at a ritual that seemed to mock death. In an attempt to make the ceremony more Christian, the Spaniards moved the event to All Saints’ Day, but the symbology remained, growing more fanciful and varied through the generations.

The central figure of our Day of the Dead blanket represents the colorful wooden skull masks or calacas that celebrants wear as they dance to honor their dead relatives. The wooden skulls, decorated sugar skulls and marigolds are placed at gravesites and altars for the departed. The blanket’s bright colors and festive images of flowers and mariachi musicians capture the spirit of the celebration. This blanket inspired a collaboration with GNU and Barrett Christie, which you can see and read about here: Women Who Shred 

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We have a related pattern called Sugar Skulls based on one of the elements in the Day of the Dead blanket. It’s used in fabric, an array of bags and Diego the bear. Our patterns capture the spirit of joyful welcome as celebrated by people all over the world during Dia de los Muertos.

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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.

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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

Pendleton and Levi’s Collaborate for 2015

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Levi’s and Pendleton collaborate in shades of deepest indigo. The made-in-the-USA capsule collection features Levi’s indigo denim and Pendleton wool in a pattern that pays tribute to the shared workwear roots of both companies. The stars of the collaboration are jean jackets for him and her constructed of Levi’s indigo denim and lined with Pendleton wool.
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Workwear shirts for him and her tell a unique denim story in Pendleton’s WoolDenim™. WoolDenim™ weaves 100% virgin wool with the distinctive look of ring-spun denim, front and back. We offer it in many different weights. This collaboration uses a special year-round weave, with yokes lined in the collaboration’s unique patterned wool.

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The 2015 Levi’s collaborative blanket, the third we’ve done with Levi’s, is a beauty. Mountain and arrowhead motifs in shades of indigo deepen to charcoal.

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The collection is available through Levi’s: SHOP HERE

Check out some of the press for this collection!

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Tanner Goods and Pendleton: A Match Made in Oregon

Today’s post is brought to you by Tanner Goods, an Oregon company that specializes in fine leather goods (and more). We are proud to collaborate with them, and to share their enthusiasm for our first collaboration. Read on!

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Where the Mountains Meet the Sea: UGG and Pendleton Collaborate in 2015

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Wool, meet wool. If there were ever a natural partnership, it’s this one. Our 2014 collaboration with UGG Australia was an immediate hit and a nearly immediate sell-through, so we’re excited to bring you another collaboration for this holiday season.

We talked about the shared heritage of UGG and Pendleton in a post last year, which you can read here: 2014 UGGs & PWM. Both companies have roots in Southern California’s surf culture, a point nicely illustrated by this display at the UGG Australia HQ..

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Our new pattern, exclusive to this collection, reflects this shared history. Inspired by the place where the mountains meet the sea, this banded design has mountain peaks and rolling waves in natural hues. Here it is on the loom at our USA mill.

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There’s something for everyone; scuffs, mocs, lace-ups, slip-ons, and the classic UGG in short and tall. There’s an exciting lace-up Adirondack waterproof boot that’s going wild on Pinterest for us. There’s even a baby bootie. JUST LOOK AT IT!!

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(Sorry, but that’s one cute little bootie.)

We’re rounding out the offering with vests for both men and women, and assortment of well-crafted bags.

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Most of the footwear and bags and both the vests are available at Pendleton.usa.com, including this beautifully constructed women’s vest.

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Exclusive to Uggaustralia.com are two pieces for the home; a fleece-backed throw and an oversized pillow. We have to show them to you, even though we aren’t carrying them; they are simply beautiful.

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We’re garnering some nice recognition in the press, with more to come. You can read about us in GQ and Town & Country. Last year’s collection went fast, so don’t wait to make your choice. You don’t want this one to run away from you!

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A WoodenBoat Adventure: Crater Lake and the Rogue River with Greg Hatten

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Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States, and its water is the darkest azure blue I have ever seen anywhere.” So begins Greg’s trip to experience the waterways (but not the lake) of Crater Lake National Park. After you read our post, with its own exclusive photos from Greg’s trip, be sure to read his detailed account (link below).

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Greg’s adventures are on his blog here, and they started with a trip to the headwaters of one of his favorite rivers in the West, The Rogue. Mighty rivers start in high places, and the Rogue is no exception. As Greg explains, “The Rogue River gets its start in Crater Lake National Park.  It explodes out of Boundary Spring, then sprints down the valley in a race with the Umpqua River to reach the Pacific Ocean. I hiked the trail up the river toward the headwaters, where it’s so narrow you can jump from one side to the other.”

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Greg’s trip was nearly a no-go, because he arrived at the launch to discover that a flipped boat hadobstructed the river. But the river took care of the obstruction. “It took the current less than a day to twist the frame and break the back of the metal boat, sending it to the bottom of the river. I couldn’t help but wonder what it would do to my little wooden boat in that spot if I made the slightest mistake.

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Greg and his mates carried on, witnessing a trainwreck at the Slim Picken’s rapid, where an ‘unflippable’ catamarn wiped out. Below, Greg investigates Slim Pickens in his woodenboat, where the fast river “caused problems for the group in front of us, stranding one raft on the rocks and flipping another upside down, ejecting passengers and gear into the fast moving water.”

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Here’s a short video of Greg threading the needle at Slim Pickens. Not easy!

You can see another video of his run through Mule Creek, complete with sound effects, at Greg’s blog post.

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But it wasn’t all a vicious struggle to make it downriver. Greg camped with our blankets and bedroll, and enjoyed his share of fishing, grilling and good conversation under the stars. After a day on the Rogue River, could there be a better place to lay your head than a Crater Lake National Park Blanket ?

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it looks like Greg had some Pendleton Whisky to keep him warm, too.

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This is your last Greg Hatten WoodenBoat adventure until January, so enjoy the thrills while you can. And start planning your own adventures for 2016, when our National Park Service celebrates a century of managing and preserving America’s Treasures. These are your parks. Go enjoy them!

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Read Greg’s post here: Crater Lake

See Pendleton’s Crater Lake National Park blanket here: Crater Lake Blanket

See Pendleton’s National Park drinkware here: Mugs

See Pendleton’s elbow-patch Trail Shirts here: Trail Shirts

See Pendleton’s National Park bedrolls here: Roll-Up Blankets

See Pendleton’s National Park Towels here: Towels

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Rose City ‘Til I Die: Oregon Team, Oregon Blanket, Oregon Pride!

Pendleton Woolen Mills is proud to honor the Portland Timbers with a limited-edition blanket. The edition of 1,975 reflects the Timbers’ beginnings in 1975 as part of the North American Soccer League. Now part of Major League Soccer, the Timbers are cheered on by the Timbers Army, a European-style rooting section that sets the standard for team support in the MLS.

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The blanket’s designer, Laura Jost, used her bird’s eye view from the Timbers Army section as inspiration for a stylized representation of the beautiful game. The goalkeepers hang back as two teams converge on the heart of the Rose City, while flags wave, drums pound, colored smoke is released for each goal, and Timber Joey brandishes his chainsaw. Above it all, chant leaders lead the Timbers Army in their battle cry: Rose City ‘Til I Die.

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This hometown blanket will be available for preorder through our Pendleton Home Store and on our site starting today, October 8th. The actual blankets will arrive in plenty of time to be wrapped for gift-giving.

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This is your blanket for your team, with a design chosen by Timbers fans. A portion of sales will support Fields for All, a nonprofit alliance between the Timbers, Pendleton Woolen Mills and many more, devoted to creating safe, healthy playing surfaces for underserved communities. You can read about the unveiling of a field here: Fields for All Unveiling in Gresham, Oregon.

We asked Laura Jost, the blanket’s designer, to tell us a little about herself, and to describe her inspiration for this beautiful blanket.

Laura, can you tell us a little about yourself?

I was born in Portland and lived all over rural Oregon. My birthday is 9/18, usually very close to Pendleton Round-Up, so my cake usually had a frosting cowgirl or the like. I still love riding horses and the kids love that I am excellent at catching frogs. I moved back to Portland in 1995.

What drew you to the idea of designing a Pendleton blanket?

Pendleton is a brand that is very near to my heart. I drive past the mill and/or stop in every time I visit my parents. My mother instilled my love of Pendleton wools. I received my first blanket in grade school and I still have it: the Glacier National Park blanket. There is Pendleton wool in most rooms of my home; the kids each have a blanket, the throws and pillows in my living room, the blanket on our bed, our beach towels. They are works of art to me.

What’s your design background?

I don’t have a formal design background, but I was raised learning to sew, knit, and garden and I was always artistic: drawing, writing, painting, singing, dancing. I am technically a stay-at-home mom, though I don’t do much staying at home. I volunteer in various capacities at school, and I’m a freelance writer, regularly published in NW Kids Magazine. I love to work with fabric, customizing and sewing clothing for my family. I’m what most people call a jack-of-all-trades.

And now we come to the Portland Timbers. Tell us what the Timbers mean to you.

I have always been drawn to rooting for the “good guys” and that’s exactly what the Timbers feel like for me. The stadium experience just reinforces my love for the game. My husband teases me because I cheer for the players like I’m their mother. I love the camaraderie in the Army. I love the cheering to the very end, cheering even for the misses/good tries. I love the emotional high-fives and hugs when we score. I love watching the Timbers’ kids with their fathers out on the field at the end of the game. I love the celebration in it all. I love waking up the next morning a little hoarse. I just love it!

 When I saw the contest, I was at home sick for several days and did the preliminary layout and drawing to keep my mind busy while I was recovering. I wanted it to look like a Timbers match: the wild flags in the air, the sound of the drums, the colored goal smoke, the field, the players, the Army, the heart of the city and the love I have for Portland: even the little rosettes came to represent the chant leaders and Joey.

 When I looked at it, I saw a wild night of cheering on the home team at the top of your lungs, but it could never compare to innate beauty of a Pendleton, so my entry became just another paper on the counter. I almost didn’t send it in, but my son saw the drawing on the table just before the deadline and gasped, “Mommy, it’s so beautiful!” So, I had to send it in.

 I never thought in a million years I’d hear back from anyone! The fan voting was excruciating. I spent the last day hiding out with the kids as much as possible and when I saw the final numbers, I just couldn’t believe it. It’s still a little hard for me to believe. When I think about seeing a blanket in person, my stomach jumps!

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Ours too, Laura, ours too.

Remember, order soon. We expect the edition to sell out quickly, so please don’t wait. Order here: Timbers Blanket

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