Vans and Pendleton for 2021

Our first collaborative partner

Yes, it was Vans, and we’ll tell you a little more about that original collaboration in a bit. But the exciting news? One of our earliest collaborations with Vans has been reprised! It’s the return of Pendleton Original Surf Plaid–a pattern made famous when the Beach Boys wore these shirts on their Surfer Girl album–in two styles that pay homage to the legendary shoe company’s earliest days.

You can see the collection here: VANS X PENDLETON 2021

And you can read about the Beach Boys connection here: Beach Boys AKA the Pendletones

ANAHEIM FACTORY AUTHENTIC 44 DX IN ORIGINAL SURF PLAID

ANAHEIM FACTORY AUTHENTIC 44 DX

From Vans: The Anaheim Factory Authentic 44 DX pays tribute to our first Vans factory in Anaheim, California, by borrowing details from the original Authentic and offering modernized comfort with upgraded Ortholite® sockliners. This iconic lace-up shoe also includes throwback details like the original style number, higher glossed foxing tape, and cotton laces, and features classic Pendleton plaid uppers to complete the look.

ANAHEIM FACTORY SK8-HI 38 DX IN ORIGINAL SURFPLAID

ANAHEIM FACTORY SK8-HI 38 DX

From Vans: The Anaheim Factory Sk8-Hi 38 DX pays tribute to our first Vans factory in Anaheim, California by borrowing details from the original Sk8-Hi and offering modernized comfort with upgraded Ortholite® sockliners. This legendary high top shoe also includes throwback details like the original style number, higher glossed foxing tape, and cotton laces. Sturdy suede and classic Pendleton plaid uppers complete the iconic look.

Throwback to an even earlier collab

Back in the 1970s, when Pendleton had a store in the Disneyland Resort (which was just Disneyland back then) Vans and Pendleton offered Vans sneakers made with pendleton plaids. We have a pair of those in our archives, and until recently they were part of our heritage Hallway display. Here are a few views of those sneakers,

Vans x pendleton shoes from the 1970s in airtight display box, Pendleton Heritage hallway display

The second colorways of the 2021 sneakers are made in the same Royal Stewart tartan!

ANAHEIM FACTORY AUTHENTIC 44 DX IN RED STEWART TARTAN
ANAHEIM FACTORY SK8-HI 38 DX IN RED STEWART TARTAN

So whether you choose the Original Surf Plaid, or the Red Royal Stewart Tartan, you’re throwing it back. Way back.

Here are a few more views of the original sneakers, so you can appreciate all those retro details.

Side view of original Vans x Pendleton collaboration from the 1970s
Top view of original Vans x Pendleton collaboration from the 1970s
Back view of original Vans x Pendleton collaboration from the 1970s

To read more about our history with Disneyland, click here:

Pendleton and Disneyland: We Go Way Back

Rare Photos of the Pendleton Store at Disneyland

Happy 90th to Mickey Mouse!

When Pendleton Meets Packard, with a Disneyland Twist

And here’s the link to Vans, again: VANS X PENDLETON 2021

Happy 90th Birthday, Mickey! Here’s to 90 more.

Pendleton’s limited edition Disney blankets

Pendleton Mickey Mouse blanket on a bed.

In 1928, Mickey Mouse made his world debut in the short film “Steamboat Willie.” Pendleton is proud to present a limited-edition collection of USA-made blankets, and fun gifts that celebrate the 90th birthday of this beloved American icon.

Mickey’s Debut

A throw-sized Mickey Mouse, as we first saw him in “Steamboat Willie”.

The Mickey's Debut blanket, by Pendleton

Mickey Through the Years:

This blanket features the many faces of the world’s favorite character, Mickey Mouse.

The Mickey Through the Years blanket, by Pendleton

Towels, too!

These blankets are joined by two spa towels; Mickey through the Years, and Mickey’s Salute, introduced last year.

Beach and Spa towels by Pendleton, featuring Mickey Mouse

And Mugs

One of our favorite additions? This boxed set of four Mickey Mugs, adorned with the blanket designs. These are just as sturdy & beautiful as our beloved oversized mugs, but a bit smaller.

Pendleton Mickey Mouse mugs

These would make a fantastic gift as a set, or you can give one of each to your favorite fans of Mickey Mouse.

These new blankets and gifts join our blankets from last year, Mickey’s Salute (throw-sized) and Mickey’s Frontier (child-sized).

Mickey's Salute blanket, by Pendleton
Mickey's Frontier blanket (crib size) by Pendleton

But why Pendleton and why Disney, you might as? Well, we go waaaaay back.

Pendleton and Disneyland

The history of Pendleton Woolen Mills and Disneyland began when Walt Disney extended a personal invitation to be retail partners in the Park. Walt was a fan of Pendleton’s “fleece to fashion” vertical manufacturing, which at the time included ownership of our own flocks and scouring facilities. He saw a fit for us in Frontierland as part of his vision of America’s Wild West.

Happy guests at the wooden stockade gate to Frontierland in Disneyland, circa 1960

We were more than excited to be part of Disneyland. Pendleton established a ‘Dry Goods Emporium’ that opened for business right along with the rest of the park on July 17, 1955.

Disneyland guests outside the Pendleton Woolen Mills Dry Goods Emporium in Frontierland.

The store was a rustic wonderland of Pendleton’s woolen products, along with belts, wallets, hats, and other Western-themed merchandise.

Pendleton's Frontierland store in the late 1960s.

Much of the clothing sold in Disneyland had its own special labeling that featured the spires of Cinderella’s castle.

A collage of Pendleton labels that feature the spires of Cinderella's castle and these words: Pendleton WOolen Mills Disneyland (r)alt Disney Productions Frontierland exhibit." This is a special label for products sold at the Pendleton DIsneyland store.

It seems that a new plaid Pendleton shirt was part of the vacation for many young men in America, and the store set a record for sales of Turnabout reversible skirts in the late fifties. Our Disneyland store was phenomenally successful. We had a unique way to share the bounty of the Disneyland store’s sales. Visitors were asked for their zipcodes, and credit for the purchase was awarded to their nearest Pendleton store back home.

Stationery letterhead for Pendleton WOolen Mills that features a drawing of the Pendleton store in Frontierland.

It’s said that the family that plays together stays together. Well, what does a family who plaids together do? Whatever it is, this family from 1963 is doing it in Pendleton style.

An ad from 1965 featuring a family of four, all wearing the same blue Pendleton plaid.
A 1965 Pendleton ad featruring various family members dressed alike in Pendleton plaids.

1963 was the year that Clarence M. Bishop took his own Gold Ticket tour of Disneyland. The Bishop family is a hardworking bunch, and when they vacation, they tend to gravitate towards places where they can ride or fish. But Mr. Bishop had a great time in Anaheim, according to all reports.

A photo of the 1965 "Gold Pass" issued to Clarence M. Bishop and party of five to Disneyland, signed by Walt Disney himself.
A line of models in the 1980s, posed in front of the Pendleton store in Frontierland. They are all wearing Pendleton clothing, and holding hands, with Mickey Mouse in the center of the line.

(Please note, these are models, not members of the Bishop family, no matter what the ad campaign says)

A black and white photo collage that was used in advertising the Pendleton store in Frontierland in the 1980s, showing the Old West interior and racks of merchandise.

We’re glad that a trip to the old store remains a favorite memory of so many of Disneyland’s long-time guests. We have been asked, “What happened?” by Disney guests who remember our store with nostalgia. The partnership dissolved amicably when the Disneyland Resort shifted their merchandising focus to more Disney-oriented goods. The store closed in April of 1990.

A side-by-side collage of two shots of the building that housed the Pendleton store in Frontierland - one from the 1950s, when it was still Pendleton's, and one that shows its conversion to "Bonanza Outfitters."

In our Heritage Hallway, you can find a framed letter from Walt Disney about the partnership, and a small bronze of Jiminy Cricket. The letter came to invite us to the official press and television premiere on July 17th, 1955.

A 1955 letter from Walt Disney to Clarence Morton Bishop.

The bronze was a gift to us from Disney. Jiminy stands on a matchbox wearing a medallion that says, simply, “30.”

A small bronze statue of Jiminy Circket, given to Pendleton Woolen Mills to mark 30 years of association.

The statue’s inscription reads: “PENDLETON WOOLEN MILLS in commemoration and appreciation of 30 years of association with DISNEYLAND 1955-1985”

A closeup of the plaque affixed to the base of the Jiminy Cricket bronze that reads "Pendleton Woolen Mills in commemoration and appreciation of 30 eyars of association with Disneyland 1955 - 1985"

We’re proud of our history with Disneyland, and want to say thanks to all the guests who have made us part of their visit.

Into the Archives: Rare Photos of the Pendleton Disneyland Store

A photo from the Pendleton archives of the Pendleton store in Disneyland: Front window

Archival Treasures

The Pendleton archives hold a lot of history, some of it dating back to our founder’s opening of his own mill in 1863. Some of the most delightful history comes from our association with Disney, which stretches back to the opening of Disneyland in 1955. So here is a peek at these very special archival materials.

We were sent a personal invitation:

letter-from-walt

It’s hard to imagine a time when Disneyland wasn’t a household name worldwide, isn’t it? But we have another letter from our company president, Mort Bishop, referring to an “attached brochure” that explains the Disneyland park. And the letter makes it quite clear that the Pendleton location’s primary function was an exhibit, rather than a store.

So courtesy of photos in our archives, let us take you on a tour of the Pendleton Dry Goods Emporium, as it was called on opening day.

Archival Photos

Excited visitors entered Frontierland for a taste of the Old West.

A photo from the Pendleton archives of the Pendleton store in Disneyland: entrance near the Frontierland gate

And there we were, complete with comfortable benches for whittlers (spittoons are notably absent).

A photo from the Pendleton archives of the Pendleton store in Disneyland: Storefront, the Pendleton Dry Goods Emporium

We proudly displayed the World’s largest Champion Buckle in our window. This was before wrestling belts eclipsed western buckles, of course.

A photo from the Pendleton archives of the Pendleton store in Disneyland: Side window display featuring the Wold's Biggest Cowboy Buckle

Inside the Store

Western wear was a staple of the store. And cowboys were shopping!

A photo from the Pendleton archives of the Pendleton store in Disneyland: Interior, blanket counter

We didn’t just offer western clothing, of course. Pendleton’s famed Turnabout Reversible Skirt and the women’s 49’er Jacket were big hits here.

A photo from the Pendleton archives of the Pendleton store in Disneyland: Women's clothes with reversible skirts

We also sold blankets, boots, hats…

A photo from the Pendleton archives of the Pendleton store in Disneyland: Blanket counter and shirt shelves, with stairway to second floor

…and Levi’s jeans! Pendleton and Levi’s have an association that goes way back. We were both part of the original surfer’s uniform in the Southern California surf scene of the early 1960s. And we’ve done at least four collaborations in the 2000s.

A photo from the Pendleton archives of the Pendleton store in Disneyland: Display with Topster jacket and Levi's

So many Disneyland guest remember visits to the Pendleton Dry Goods Emporium as part of family vacations.

A photo from the Pendleton archives of the Pendleton store in Disneyland: A woman and two gentlemen shopping.

A Special Label

Some of the merchandise at this store carried a special label featuring the iconic Sleeping Beauty’s Castle.

A close view of the special label for Pendleton goods at Disneyland

You can read more about our Disney connection: Pendleton and Disneyland: We Go Way back!

 

Pendleton and Disneyland: We Go Way Back!

A line of models posed in front of the Pendleton store in Frontierland wearing Pendleton clothing (Mickey in the center)

The history of Pendleton Woolen Mills and Disneyland

It all began when Walt Disney extended a personal invitation to be retail partners in the Park. Walt was a fan of Pendleton’s “fleece to fashion” vertical manufacturing, which at the time included ownership of our own flocks and scouring facilities. He saw a fit for us in Frontierland as part of his vision of America’s Wild West.

Happy guests at the wooden stockade gate to Frontierland in Disneyland, circa 1960
A brochure for Frontierland at Disneyland.

The Dry Goods Emporium

We were more than excited to be part of Disneyland. Pendleton established a ‘Dry Goods Emporium’ that opened for business right along with the rest of the park on July 17, 1955.

Disneyland guests outside the Pendleton Woolen Mills Dry Goods Emporium in Frontierland. Photo by daveland.com, used with permission

The store was a rustic wonderland of Pendleton’s woolen products, along with belts, wallets, hats, and other Western-themed merchandise.

Pendleton's Frontierland store in the late 1960s.

Much of the clothing sold in Disneyland had its own special labeling that featured the spires of Cinderella’s castle.

A collage of Pendleton labels that feature the spires of Cinderella's castle and these words: Pendleton WOolen Mills Disneyland (r)alt Disney Productions Frontierland exhibit." This is a special label for products sold at the Pendleton DIsneyland store.

It seems that a new plaid Pendleton shirt was part of the vacation for many young men in America, and the store set a record for sales of Turnabout reversible skirts in the late fifties. Our Disneyland store was phenomenally successful. We had a unique way to share the bounty of the Disneyland store’s sales. Visitors were asked for their zipcodes, and credit for the purchase was awarded to their nearest Pendleton store back home.

Stationery letterhead for Pendleton Woolen Mills that features a drawing of the Pendleton store in Frontierland.

More advertising

It’s said that the family that plays together stays together. Well, what does a family who plaids together do? Whatever it is, this family from 1963 is doing it in Pendleton style.

An ad from 1965 featuring a family of four, all wearing the same blue Pendleton plaid.
A 1965 Pendleton ad featruring various family members dressed alike in Pendleton plaids.

1963 was the year that Clarence M. Bishop took his own Gold Ticket tour of Disneyland. The Bishop family is a hardworking bunch, and when they vacation, they tend to gravitate towards places where they can ride or fish. But Mr. Bishop had a great time in Anaheim, according to all reports.

A photo of the 1965 "Gold Pass" issued to Clarence M. Bishop and party of five to Disneyland, signed by Walt Disney himself.

A black and white photo collage advertising the Pendleton store in Frontierland in the 1980s, showing the Old West interior

Today, and the Heritage Hallway

We’re glad that a trip to the old store remains a favorite memory of so many of Disneyland’s long-time guests. We have been asked, “What happened?” by Disney guests who remember our store with nostalgia. The partnership dissolved amicably when the Disneyland Resort shifted their merchandising focus to more Disney-oriented goods. The store closed in April of 1990. Today, the Bonanza Emporium does carry some Pendleton merchandise, as does Ramone’s House of Body Art.

A side-by-side collage of two shots of the building that housed the Pendleton store in Frontierland - one from the 1950s, when it was still Pendleton's, and one that shows its conversion to "Bonanza Outfitters."

In our Heritage Hallway, you can find a framed letter from Walt Disney about the partnership, and a small bronze of Jiminy Cricket. The letter came to invite us to the official press and television premiere on July 17th, 1955.

A 1955 letter from Walt Disney to Clarence Morton Bishop.

The bronze was a gift to us from Disney.

A side view of a small bronze statue of Jiminy Cricket, gifted to Pendleton by Walt Disney.

Jiminy stands on a matchbox wearing a medallion that says, simply, “30.”

A small bronze statue of Jiminy Circket, given to Pendleton Woolen Mills to mark 30 years of association.

The statue’s inscription reads: “PENDLETON WOOLEN MILLS in commemoration and appreciation of 30 years of association with DISNEYLAND 1955-1985”

Jiminy_inscription

We’re proud of our history with Disneyland, and want to say thanks to all the guests who have made us part of their visit.

When Pendleton meets Packard: A Disneyland Mystery

A Packard with History

When Ty Bennet sent us photos of this pristine Packard, we were impressed AND intrigued.

1948 Packard 8 Station Wagon Woodie Woody

According to Ty, we were looking at the following: 1948 Packard 8 Station Wagon Woodie Woody. Restored. Excellent condition. Lexington Green Metallic paint. Powerful and Smooth Straight 8 engine.

1948 Packard 8 Station Wagon Woodie Woody

Here’s a photo of that engine…

1948 Packard 8 Station Wagon Woodie Woody - engine shot

More from Ty: High Speed rear gear for modern touring. Plaid “Highlander” style interior. Real Wood Northern Birch rails over maple panels. Burl wood grained dashboard and door trim. Radial wide white wall tires. Ready for Summer touring.

1948 Packard 8 Station Wagon Woodie Woody, rear view

This car has beautiful lines and trim.

1948 Packard 8 Station Wagon Woodie Woody, rear view

But here’s a little more visual information on the interior of the car. 

Does that upholstery fabric ring a bell? Door panels, too.

1948 Packard 8 Station Wagon Woodie Woody, doors open

Rear interior–even the ashtray is covered in the tartan.

1948 Packard 8 Station Wagon Woodie Woody, interior

Yes, that is very definitely a Pendleton fabric, a traditional tartan. And look at the label!

Pendleton DIsneyland label

A History Mystery

We’ve worked with truck and car companies on co-branded interiors in the past, but we don’t have any information on this particular car. This car is labeled with the special Disney label we used on clothing in our Frontierland Dry Goods Emporium. We don’t know if the fabric was purchased there, or if the car was upholstered as part of a display. Perhaps some fans might have information or memories?

Our president, Mort Bishop III, explained, “I am not aware of this project forWalt Disney. However with our Pendleton exhibit and store in Frontierland we worked closely with Walt Disney…Pendleton was one of the three original lessees in the park when it opened. It would not surprise me if we provided fabric to him for a Packard.”

1948 Packard 8 Station Wagon Woodie Woody, dashboard and steering wheel

Birch over Maple wood panels and dash; it’s made like a boat inside–what craftsmanship.

1948 Packard 8 Station Wagon Woodie Woody, interior of rear compartment

Ty sold the car to a private party at auction. Someone has a nice touring vehicle for all seasons.

1948 Packard 8 Station Wagon Woodie Woody, parked in the snow
1948 Packard 8 Station Wagon Woodie Woody, parked in the snow