Today’s Pendleton Archive Coats are modern revivals of one of our most iconic pieces; the Harding blanket coat.
Before there was an official women’s sportswear line, Pendleton produced coats sewn from wool fabric in several lengths and styles to meet the needs of snowshoers, skiiers, tobogganers, and movie stars like Anita Page, photographed in a similar coat in the 1930s.
The photo is black and white, we think this coat was sewn in our most historic and familiar Harding pattern coloration.
The Pendleton Archives
Our archives hold several blanket coats in the Harding pattern on our racks of vintage Pendleton garments, carefully cataloged and hung under white sheets to protect them from dust. Visitors wear white gloves when they handle these treasures, to protect fragile garments from the oils we all have on our hands.
The coat at the front of this “go-back” rack (waiting to be checked back in) is very similar to the coat worn by Anita Page. It’s a well-worn example, with mismatched buttons.
Here’s another beautiful Harding pattern coat we call “the airplane coat.”
This label gave it its name–see the airplane in the lower left of the label?
This car coat was sewn for passengers to wear in open cockpit airplanes. This is also a Harding pattern. The strap-and-button details are charming.
Here’s the rack where both of these coats live in the archives. The “out” cards mark the spots where other garments have been taken to our design area.
Today’s Pendleton Archive Coats
Our jackets have found homes over the years with collectors and museums. Today’s Archive Coats let you enjoy the generational quality of Pendleton for many years to come. You can see them here: