Kith, Coke, and PWM for 2020

Hands holding a garment with labels for Coca-Cola, Kith, Pendleton

A New Collaboration

On August 15th, Kith and Coca Cola unveiled their fifth yearly collaboration, welcoming Pendleton as a new third partner, and reprising partnerships with Converse, Mitchell & Ness, and Golden Bear.

We have worked with Kith before, but this is our first time to work together as a third party on a collaboration. Pendleton’s capsule features our patterns on summer apparel for men and women. Three skate decks add to the fun.

The collection dropped this past Saturday online and at Kith Tokyo, Selfridges, and Hirshleifers, and was mostly sold out in an hour. There are some beautiful women’s pieces left!

A young woman sits in a chair wearing Kith Pendleton garments

Learn More

For more information about the entire collection, visit Kith’s blog: About the Kith x Coca Cola Collaboration

You can shop online here: Kith x Coca Cola Shop

Five Best Pendleton Gifts for Hosts

Saying Thank-You

They’ve opened their home to you for hospitality and celebration. What do you bring along to say thank you? A bottle of wine is welcome and traditional. Isn’t there a more lasting way to express your gratitude?

Here are our top five ideas for gifts for the host or hostess.

#5 National Park Coffee Mugs

Start the day with the Great Outdoors. These oversized mugs pay tribute to America’s Treasures with their designs based on labels for our popular National Park Series blankets.

Pendleton's oversized mugs, emblazoned with the labels and stripes of  Pendleton national Park blankets, are set out on a rustic set of steps made from weathered bricks.

 

#4 Oversized Spa Towels

Whether used at the beach or as a bath sheet at home, there is a towel to suit everyone’s personality here, including fun collabs with Disney, Harry Potter and Tommy Bahama.

Colorful Pendleton beach and spa towels are draped on the rungs of three wooden ladders, and one is in a basket on the tile floor.

 

#3 Pendleton x Yeti Yoga Mats

Namaste. Need we say more? Photo by Kristian Irey.

A young woman does a pose on a Pendleton x Yeti yoga mat, on a beach in front of a distant mountain range.

 

#2 Roll-Up Blanket

A year-round favorite for picnics, concerts and sporting events, our roll-up will be ready to go anywhere with your host, thanks to its built-in handle.

A Pendleton roll-up blanket in a black and red plaid with a black nylon backing and built-in handle with brown leather grip.

#1 – The 5th Avenue Throw

Luxury from our USA mills in 100% merino wool. Now, that’s how you say thank you!

A folded Pendleton 5th Avenue throw in a soft blue plaid.

If you need more ideas, visit www.pendleton-usa. And have a wonderful holiday!

 

Pendleton on the Runway with Andre Walker for Paris Fashion Week

Andre Walker

Pendleton recently had the opportunity to work with renowned designer Andre Walker on a collection for Paris Fashion Week. Andre has an outstanding track record with fashion press and retailers. Every time he launches a collection, the fashion world swoons.

Andre Walker smiles for the camera.

Andre, like Pendleton, is American. He is known for his freeform, hand-cut designs, described by the New York Times as, “His coats and jackets eel around the body, wrapping, tying or buttoning.” His designs have generated a tremendous amount of excitement since he staged his first show at a New York nightclub when he was just fifteen years old.

Andre worked with Willi Smith in the 80s. With his own label, he won the prestigious ANDAM fashion prize in 2000. He created outstanding work for Comme des Garcons under his And Re Walker label in the 2010s, and worked as a consultant for Kim Jones and Marc Jacobs at Louis Vuitton in the years since.

Andre and Pendleton

We met him Andre in person at our New York showroom during Press Week last spring, and then came home and hustled to get him various weights and colors of our USA-woven wool fabrics. We sent fabrics in a variety of weaves and textures, and Glacier National Park blankets.

Andre transformed our textiles into recreations of his androgynous one-sized designs. The 21 looks Walker showed were based on pieces he designed between 1982 and 1986. He reclaimed long-lost looks from friends and collectors the world over to use for patterning. The show was held on the steps of the Musée des Art Décoratifs in Paris, and generated fantastic press.

It was awesome to work with Andre. He is absolutely the sweetest person ever, so sincere and authentic with an amazing design sense.

Additional Mentions

See all the looks here: VOGUE RUNWAY

Learn more about Andre’s background here: NEW YORK TIMES 

We were so excited to make the Top Ten Moments of Paris Fashion Week here: New York Times

A terrific piece on process and design: i-D Magazine

One of our favorite pieces here: DOCUMENT JOURNAL

And another terrific article here: L’O

More shots here: WWD

All runway shots by Shoji Fujii

Twin Peaks and Pendleton

a collage of Pendleton garments as they appeared on the original Twin Peaks.

The original

Yes, there’s a new one, but this is the old one. It arrived with muted fanfare and a creepy score by Angelo Badalamenti. Twin Peaks, that is. With its overhung skies, tall trees and abundant Pendleton clothing, it briefly took the national psyche by storm. It also stormed right to the top of the Nielsen ratings. Remember those? Well, that’s okay. Nielsen ratings used to mean a little more than they do now.

Twin Peaks was a phenomenon. We all wandered around the day after an episode, confused and asking each other, who were these people? What happened to Laura Palmer? Was that really the blonde chick from Mod Squad? And exactly why was that lady carrying around that log?

the log lady wears a vintage Pendleton sweater and carries her log
We’d like to give you a little tour of Twin Peaks territory, especially the Pendleton aspects.

Audrey

Let’s start with Audrey, because Audrey was so…timeless. Oh Audrey, your nature was obvious. Your taste in men was terrible. But your taste in skirts was impeccable.

Audrey from Twin Peaks in a Pendleton reversible skirt.

Audrey from Twin Peaks in a Pendleton reversible skirt.

For reasons no one understood, even though the show was set in the late eighties, Audrey wore a 1950s bad girl ensemble of sweaters and reversible Pendleton skirts. No one complained. No one at all.

Audrey from Twin Peaks in a Pendleton reversible skirt.

Audrey, we were never sure why you were dancing. Or really sure why we were watching. But you always held our attention.

Audrey from Twin Peaks in a Pendleton reversible skirt.

Bad Boys

Not much happened in the diner, but it was clearly the heart of the town.

shelley_bobby_and_leo in the Diner, wearing plaid Pendleton.

One of our favorite shots. Leo, Shelly, Bobby. Leo’s bad attitude is just barely contained by his vintage Pendleton shirts.

Eric Dare as leo in a plaid Pendleton shirt.

Eric Dare as leo in a plaid Pendleton shirt.

Bobby was bad, and the shirt, well, it was badder, man. His hair is a little extreme, but the Pendleton shirt is on point.

Bobby on Twin Peaks in a Pendleton shirt.

Again, the nineties never arrived in Twin Peaks. The bad boys were Brando-esque, and the bad girls seemed more tired than wild.

Bad boys on Twin Peaks.

An actor in a vintage Pendleton Topster.

This dude was scary. Even in a Topsman, he was scary.

Good Guys

But the good guys liked plaid, too. Agent Dale Cooper was straight arrow upon his arrival, but soon he was blending in with the locals in his fine Pendleton shirt. And he was impressed by the local coffee, as we recall.

Sheriff and Agent Cooper in their offices.

We were contacted by the costumers for the new show about this particular jacket, worn by Sheriff Harry S. Truman. It was a vintage Pendleton, and they were hoping we had one in our archives. Sadly, we did not.

Sheriff and Agent Cooper in their offices.

Steal His Shirt

Men, mystery, and wool shirts. But even in Twin Peaks, men’s shirts were not safe from girls who insisted on stealing them.

Audrey in a men's plaid shirt talks to an agent.

Lara-Flynn-Boyle-in-Twin-Peaks-1990.

Mr. David Lynch, the twisted mind behind the show, rocking his own plaid.

David Lynch
Yes, Twin Peaks was a place of Pacific Northwest mystery. To be honest, it wasn’t really the Pacific Northwest that most of us have ever lived in. There was more to life in Twin Peaks than we could ever understand. We still don’t quite understand it.

But when we hear that music, we will always think of plaid shirts, tall trees, misty skies and a damn good cup of Joe.

Made in the USA label

Thanks to Miss Arrow for the collage; read her post here.

Jessica Enjoys Pendleton Athleisure Wear

Yoga and Motion

To show you our athleisure in action, here is Jessica Lindsey of Edge Movement Arts, posing near the St. Johns Bridge in Portland, Oregon. Along with the beautiful photos, Jessica talks about her path and her approach to teaching yoga. 

Jessica Lindsey of Edge Movement Arts, posing near the St. Johns Bridge in Portland, Oregon in Pendleton athleisure wear.

Jessica’s Journey

I went through my initial yoga instructor certification and started teaching in 2008.  I had been practicing various forms yoga since 1999.  I initially started doing yoga after I tore my ACL in a dance performance and needed a gentle way to heal my body after I had surgery to repair it.  Yoga allowed me to slowly ease into finding movement and range of motion after months of limited mobility, muscle atrophy, and an abundance of scar tissue post-surgery.

Jessica Lindsey of Edge Movement Arts, posing near the St. Johns Bridge in Portland, Oregon in Pendleton athleisure wear.

It was a slow process and I thought I was just doing it for the physical benefits at the time, but after each session I would feel so grounded and calm, like all the troubles of life and the world where somehow less significant or important.  That is what really convinced me that yoga was something that I needed to have in my life long-term. Yoga changed me physically – longer, leaner, and more flexible use of my muscles, but it was the changes in how I experienced the world in a more joyful and positive way that feel the most significant now.

Jessica Lindsey of Edge Movement Arts, posing near the St. Johns Bridge in Portland, Oregon in Pendleton athleisure wear.

When I returned to my dance career I found that I had so much more awareness of what it meant to exist and be in my body, how to express with my body. As I went down the path of training to be a competitive ballroom dancer (or as we call it in the ballroom world, a “Dancesport Athlete”) I found yoga’s ability to create calm, centered energy helped to balance out the fire of being a competitive athlete.

Jessica Lindsey of Edge Movement Arts, posing near the St. Johns Bridge in Portland, Oregon in Pendleton athleisure wear.

Dance is my expressing outwardly to the world – doing part, yoga is  my receiving, letting go and simply being part!  Or to put it more simply…. Dance is Doing, Yoga is Being!

Jessica Lindsey of Edge Movement Arts, posing near the St. Johns Bridge in Portland, Oregon in Pendleton athleisure wear.

I draw from many different bodies of knowledge to influence what I offer to my students.  Sometimes a classic “yoga asana” or pose is in order, other times I draw from the Chinese energy meridian system, from fascial and kinesiological stretching techniques, and other times from my knowledge from years working in veterinary surgery and the biomechanics of mammalian injury and recovery.

Jessica Lindsey of Edge Movement Arts, posing near the St. Johns Bridge in Portland, Oregon in Pendleton athleisure wear.

Jessica Lindsey of Edge Movement Arts, posing near the St. Johns Bridge in Portland, Oregon in Pendleton athleisure wear.

I am a body knowledge geek.  I can spend hours researched the interconnected relationships of why stretching your foot will make your shoulder feel better, or why that tender spot on your thigh could mean that your liver is out of balance.  The body is this beautiful puzzle and each person’s life experiences have shaped every inch of the person I see standing before me in a group class or a private session.

Jessica Lindsey of Edge Movement Arts, posing near the St. Johns Bridge in Portland, Oregon in Pendleton athleisure wear.

I recognize that no two people are the same and that no single variation of a pose is going to work for everyone.  How could it? No one else has lived the life you have lived in the exact beautiful, crazy, messy way that you have.  I honor that, see that, and try to the best of my ability to create an environment and a practice that lets my students own their personal freedom to choose what is right for them.

Jessica Lindsey of Edge Movement Arts, posing near the St. Johns Bridge in Portland, Oregon in Pendleton athleisure wear.

The most important aspects of how I decided what to wear when doing yoga are in no particular order:

Do I look good in it? By that I mean that when I look in the mirror I feel it is flattering  and makes me feel good about myself.

Does it move well with me? there is nothing worse then a pair of yoga pants that feel like they are falling down or do not give me full range of motion. So really good stretch and cut are important.

Is the fabric comfortable and breathable and odor-resistant? Since I am physically active all day long in my professional life, it is so important that my clothing feels nice to exist in, and that it stays fresh all day long.

Jessica Lindsey of Edge Movement Arts, posing in Portland, Oregon in Pendleton athleisure wear.

Great yoga clothing needs to be multipurpose. My favorite items are those that look good, feel good, and fit well not only during my practice, but when I greet new clients, and then go have a meal with friends.

Pendleton Woolen Mills store to open in Eugene, Oregon–in May!

Artist rendering of the Inn at the 5th, with surrounding shops. Pendleton Woolen Mills store to open in Eugene in May

Pendleton Woolen Mills plans to open a store next month in the 5th Street Public Market in downtown Eugene. It will be in the space next to the front door of Inn at the 5th, the market’s boutique hotel.

(source)

See you there!

National Tartan Day–It’s Here!

Four men wearing kilts walk down a city street.

What is a tartan?

Thursday, April 6th is National Tartan Day. Some of our readers live, breathe, eat and sleep tartans. They are steeped in their clan histories. They know the difference between the ancient, dress, hunting and standard versions of their clan’s tartan. But other readers aren’t quite sure of what exactly makes a tartan a tartan. How does a tartan differ from any other plaid?

All tartans are plaids, but not all plaids are tartans. A tartan looks like a plaid, but it is so much more than that.  A tartan is a statement of identity. Tartans were originally regional designs, worn as “plaids,” pieces of fabric worn slung over the shoulder. Scotland’s warriors wore their plaids with pride to announce their family affiliations and political loyalties.

The Dress Act of 1746 was enacted to prohibit the wearing of the plaid, as part of colonial suppression of the Highlands: That from and after the first day of August, One thousand, seven hundred and forty-six, no man or boy within that part of Britain called Scotland, other than such as shall be employed as Officers and Soldiers in His Majesty’s Forces, shall, on any pretext whatever, wear or put on the clothes commonly called Highland clothes (that is to say) the Plaid, Philabeg, or little Kilt, Trowse, Shoulder-belts, or any part whatever of what peculiarly belongs to the Highland Garb; and that no tartan or party-coloured plaid of stuff shall be used for Great Coats or upper coats, and if any such person shall presume after the said first day of August, to wear or put on the aforesaid garment or any part of them, every such person so offending … For the first offence,shall be liable to be imprisoned for 6 months, and on the second offence, to be transported to any of His Majesty’s plantations beyond the seas, there to remain for the space of seven years.

That’s right, tartans were illegal; inflammatory and subversive. If you’re not a history buff, but you watch Outlander, you already know this.

Jamie and Claire from "Outlander"

Photo courtesy Sony Pictures TelevisionLeft Bank PicturesStarz

In 1782, the Dress Act was repealed through the following proclamation: Listen Men. This is bringing before all the Sons of the Gael, the King and Parliament of Britain have forever abolished the act against the Highland Dress; which came down to the Clans from the beginning of the world to the year 1746. This must bring great joy to every Highland Heart. You are no longer bound down to the unmanly dress of the Lowlander. This is declaring to every Man, young and old, simple and gentle, that they may after this put on and wear the Truis, the Little Kilt, the Coat, and the Striped Hose, as also the Belted Plaid, without fear of the Law of the Realm or the spite of the enemies.

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.  These patterns are a visual illustration of the bond between personal and political freedom.

Pendleton and Tartan

We’re not tartan experts at Pendleton, just fabric experts. When we we use these designs, we do it with respect for the history of the design we’re using. Our designers refer to rare reference books stored under archival conditions in our design department (please don’t ask to see them because they will not hold up to visitors, 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.

Tartans have been part of the Pendleton offering since our earliest days, beginning with our motor robes. We call them that because we originally wove them to cover the laps of motorists in the earliest days of the automobile.

Pendleton throw with Leather Stamp Logo

We’ve been making tartan shirts, Topsters, motoring caps and robes for men since the 1920s. Women have always been part of the Pendleton tartan action, as well. Today, tartans have taken fashion by storm, because these patterns are timeless, we return to them.

tartan fashions - scarf, pants, jacket, dress

Black Watch

If you’re wanting to add tartan, but you’re not sure where to start, try Black Watch tartan, the tartan designed to look black from a distance (pictured is a vintage Pendleton shirt).

A Pendleton wool shirt in Blackwatch Plaid

This is also known at the Government or 42nd tartan, developed to wear by the Black Watch, one of the early Highland Independent Companies. From a distance, the pattern reads black. It’s the stealth tartan. Around here, we call it Highland Camo, and though it’s one of our perennial bestsellers, it’s a challenge to photograph for a catalog. But we do, as you can see if you pay us a visit at pendleton-usa.com. We have tartan items galore for women, men, and home.

We hope your National Tartan Day is a good one, and remember: Wear Your Plaid With Pride.

See Pendleton tartan items here: Pendleton and Tartan

Pendleton in Adidas Originals ad

Screen shot of Gonz on a skateboard from Adidas ad

Screenshot of Snoop Dogg in a Pendleton shirt from an Adidas ad

A Surprise to Us

When our friends at Greenspan’s posted the shot below a few months ago, we only knew that Mark Gonzales and Snoop Dogg were wearing our shirts. Love those old school Adidas Originals.

oggreenspans

The Full Commercial

We didn’t know it was for this commercial seen on the Grammys last night; edgy, interesting and powerful. If you  missed the show–after all, only 26 million people did–you can watch now!

Window Shopping with ROOTS Canada

ROOTS and Pendleton

Friends in Canada sent us these photos of the ROOTS flagship store windows, featuring our collaboration with ROOTS and Horween Leather of Chicago.

Roots window 4

Roots window 2

The Pattern

You might recognize the pattern used from our Crossroads blanket:

Cross_Roads_bedding on a bed

This archival pattern (read about our rediscovery of it here)  looks fantastic with Horween’s premium leather (they have an interesting site, go check it out).

Roots window 1

Roots window 5

Roots window 3

Sometimes Canada is just too far away, isn’t it? Well, don’t worry. They ship to the USA.

Shop here: ROOTS x Pendleton x Horween