Sheer happiness, yes?
Plaid Tidings from all of us to all of you.
We’re excited about alpaca at Pendleton this year, because we have some truly stunning items that use this gorgeous fiber (see these and more here: Pendleton Alpaca) The sure-footed Alpaca originated in the Andes, where it grazes gently, without damaging root systems. Its fine, lustrous fleece evolved to meet the challenge of high mountains and cold temperatures. The result is a soft, sustainable luxury fiber that’s warmer than lambswool. Durable, lightweight and hypoallergenic alpaca fiber will keep its strength and luster for generations.
So that got us thinking–this is Oregon, which is basically Alpaca Central. Couldn’t we get up close and personal with one of these adorable camelids?
It turns out we can.
Jean-Pierre the Alpaca and Napolean the Alpaca will visit the Pendleton Park Avenue West store on Sunday, December 2 from 1pm to 3pm. These friendly, well-groomed therapy animals love attention. So stop by to say hello to this adorable duo. They will be happy to pose for photos, and we will even have a Pendleton photo booth for you!
Directions to Portland Park Avenue West here: (click on the map to get directions)
Circa 1915 – A bunting-draped storefront celebrates the Fourth of July.
We’re excited about the Grand Re-Opening of our Seaside, Oregon Pendleton store this June–June 15th to be exact. But did you know that Pendleton Woolen Mills opened its first retail operation in Seaside, Oregon, in June of 1910?
This fall, we commissioned a series of short films to commemorate some of the talented Oregon makers who were part of our Pendleton Park Avenue West store design. And here they are! We hope you enjoy learning the stories behind the creators. Their skills and artistry are something else.
We are excited about our new Pendleton store in Eugene, Oregon.
Here is our official first customer:
It’s a beautiful space, filled with a curated selection of apparel for men and women, and of course a wide selection of our gorgeous made-in-the-USA Pendleton wool blankets.
We can’t wait to roll up this garage window when the weather gets brighter.
Come see us at:
You can follow our store on Facebook here: Pendleton Eugene
Pendleton Woolen Mills store to open in Eugene in May | Local | Eugene, Oregon
Every year, Pendleton hosts a Tartan Party in each of our stores. These are spirited, fun events. We celebrate with fantastic discounts, free shipping of gifts across the USA, and refreshments. We send home a commemorative plaid ornament with everyone we can.
Some of our customers are modern descendants of a specific clan or sept, and they wear their tartans with pride. And some of our fans just know a great plaid when they see one. Some customers wonder what the difference is between a tartan and a plaid.
Well, all tartans are plaids, but not all plaids are tartans.
Tartans were originally regional designs, worn as “plaids,” pieces of fabric worn slung over the shoulder. Scotland’s warriors wore their plaids with pride. The Dress Act of 1746 was passed to bring the warrior class under control, and their plaids were banned. That’s right, tartans were illegal; inflammatory and subversive.
When the Dress Act was repealed in 1782, tartans were no longer worn as ordinary Highland dress. They were adopted as the official national dress of Scotland. Tartan grew from regional plaid to warrior garb to a badge of kinship. This may explain the passion of modern tartan researchers and enthusiasts. These patterns are a visual illustration of the bond between personal and political freedom.
We’re not tartan experts at Pendleton, just fabric experts. When we use these designs in blankets, jackets, shirts, skirts or coffee cups, we do it with respect. Our designers refer to rare reference books stored under archival conditions in our design department…and please don’t ask to see them because they will not hold up to visitors, so we have to say no. We also use modern tartans, like Canada’s Maple Leaf, and our own Pendleton Hunting Tartan, registered with the Scottish Tartan Society in 1999.
We do different things with different tartans every year, but Black Watch Tartan is almost always present in our women’s, men’s and home lines.
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 also one of our perennial bestsellers.
You see tartans all the time, but believe us, there’s more to these plaids than you might know. So put on your plaid and come see us for the Tartan Party, going on December 5th through 8th in Pendleton Retail Stores and Outlets.