Welcome a New Westerley

The Westerley cardigan by Pendleton - AKA the Dude's cardigan in "The Big Lebowski."

It’s a Westerley!

Our Westerley cardigan has been a hit since we introduced it in the 80s, and reintroduced it in the “aughts”. Which color do you like best, the tan original or the newer charcoal version?

The Westerley cardigan in charcoal, black and white.

These aren’t even close to the only ways we’ve made this sweater over the years. If you’d like to see some of those color combos, and if you’d like to know more about the history of this classic sweater (which involves “The Big Lebowski” and a lot of parties) please check out these posts:

The history of the Westerley: Read it here

Westerley for Women

The Westerley for Women is a hit, too. We lengthened it, added pockets, and used a two-way zipper for an adjustable fit. It’s a beauty, yes?

A woman walks on the beach wearing a Westerley cardigan by Pendleton.

Also available in the charcoal version, because of course!

The Westerley for women in a charcoal, black and white version.

Of course, you can choose the version that works best for you. And maybe when it’s time to mark the next anniversary of the release of “The Big Lebowski,” you can join us for a party as fun as this one:

Dudecon celebrates 20 years of “The Big Lebowski”: Read here

Keep abiding, all. See the sweaters here: Westerley

Dude, Your Dog Needs a Sweater

Love, Dogs, and Sweaters

We love The Big Lebowski, and we love dogs. This post is just a little sharing of that love.

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We notice you have a lot in common with your dog.

A woman holds a small dog, both are wearing Westerle sweaters

Like, say, your attitude.

A man holds a white dog, they both are wearing Westerley sweaters

Or your style.

Man holds a small chihuahua, they both are wearing Westerley sweaters

Maybe it’s your eyes.

A couple sits on a Pendleton blanket with their Dalmation dog, all wearing Westerley sweaters

Or your spectacular taste in sweaters. It doesn’t just tie the room together. It ties the whole family together. Around here, we call it “The Big Lebarkski.”

This post was partly to make you smile, and partly to continue the celebration of his Dudeness, and twenty years, two decades, the big Two-Oh of The Big Lebowski. So carry on, all you dudes. And take the dog with you.

A longhaired Chihuahua wears a Westerley sweater

Only available in XS at our website, but we’re working on it, Man.

 

Thanks for the photos, Dudes (top to bottom):

@emie_lee

@cindy.j.lee

@brianjward

@littledarlingdream

@Torif713

@alisnwundrlnd

Happy Birthday to The Big Lebowski – wearing the Westerley sweater for 20 years, Dude

The Big Lebowski” turns twenty this year, and Dude, we still love it.

The Big Lebowski

Two decades ago, this Coen brothers film was released to low to middling success, but quietly grew into a cult favorite. No one can pinpoint the exact reason why. Was it Donny’s clueless questions? Walter’s chin-strap beard? The German nihilists? The dream sequence scored by Kenny Rogers and the First Edition?

A movie poster for "The Big Lebowski."

Well, it was probably a grand confluence of all of these important factors, plus the masterful turn taken by Jeff Bridges as The Dude. He staggers in and out of trouble, wearing alternately sweats, shorts, pajama pants, a bathrobe, a purple t-shirt and a battered Westerley cardigan.

Jeff Bridges as Jeff Lebowski, AKA "The Dude," sits at the bolwing alley bar with a white Russian in front of him.

Jeff Bridges wore his own clothes for this role, and though there were two sweaters hand-knitted as back-ups, he preferred wearing his personal Pendleton Westerley.

Original History

You may know it as The Dude’s cardigan or the Big Lebowski sweater, but we debuted the Westerley cardigan in 1974 as part of our High Grade Westernwear line.

The Westerley drew inspiration from beautiful Cowichan sweaters that are hand-knit by Pacific Northwest tribes. Our version was machine-knitted by Winona Knitting Mills of Minnesota, a two-facility company owned by the Woodworth family. Winona Mills was one of the very few USA knitting mills who offered a 2gg knit, a term meaning only two knit stitches per inch. A 2gg sweater is heavy enough to work as outerwear. As the long-time leader of our menswear division expressed it, “You could wear it in a monsoon, and you’d stay warm.”

The vintage Westerley was knit in 3gg, and it was almost as impressive as the 2gg for thickness and warmth. The Westerley was one cozy sweater. We offered it in the western, outdoor and casual lines for over ten years. Over its run of production, the zip front, ring zipper pull and shawl collar stayed the same, as did the Greek key-inspired pattern. Archival visits show that the Westerley’s color variations are surprisingly wide.

A collage of six photos of vintage Westerley cardignas in a variety of color combinations.

The sweater went out of production in the 1980s, but found the limelight in the early 2000s, thanks to an obscure movie that didn’t stay obscure.

The First Revivals

Pendleton’s first run at reproducing the “Big Lebowski sweater” came in the Fall of 2011. The Dude Cardigan was not an exact replica. It had the weight and coloration of the original Westerley, with a slightly different knit pattern and a leather zipper pull. This homage sweater generated an enormous amount of publicity, especially because the sweater worn by Jeff Bridges in the movie was going to auction that same year. The provenance of the auction sweater came into question and it was withdrawn from auction. Pendleton’s version sold out almost immediately.

A man in a "Dude" sweater, the first remake of the Westerley. A collage of two photos--one is an ad run by Pendleton in the 1980s that features the tan, red and black version of the Westerley. Next to it is a Pendleton promo photo of a man wearing a remake of this version, leaning against a fence.

In Fall 2013, we brought back the sweater in the original 3gg knit under the Westerley name. We went to the archives, and settled on two versions: a cream with red and black pattern, and a desert brown version with navy and gold pattern.

We offered the Westerley in another archival coloration in charcoal and blue early in the fall of 2014.  These were all great Westerleys. They were beautifully made and selling well to fans of traditional menswear. We stand behind these Westerleys! But this was not the sweater the Achievers wanted, and the Achievers would not be denied.

The Original Westerley Returns

We went back to the archives and studied the movie to capture the coloration as best we could for the version known as The Original Westerley.

The Pendleton Westerley cardigan in tan and brown.

This is 100% lambswool in 3gg knit, and it’s ready to take you through your next monsoon, or maybe to your next Lebowskifest. We restored the original stitch pattern to the placket, and attached a small bowling pin keychain. We think it really pulls the sweater together.

A man sits in a rocking chair on the porch of an oder home, holding a book and wearing a Pendleton Westerley cardigan sweater.

The Dude abides. And so does his sweater. Come see us in our stores, or order online before they’re gone. And on 3/6/2018, the actual date of the movie’s release, the sweater is 20% off. We never do this! So get yours now–here.

Shop the Westerley Sweater

Jeff Bridges relaxes in his kitchen, wearing pajama pants, purple T-shirt, moccasins and his Westerley sweater and holding a phone receiver in his hand.

Because some things just get better with age.

 

 

 

GQ: “Jeff Bridges will be “The Dude’ Now and Forever” (thanks to his sweater)

The Dude Himself

This week,  GQ.com is featuring everyone’s favorite Dude, Jeff Bridges.  He’s wearing a banquet of sweaters, a feast of sweaters, or maybe it’s a flock of sweaters.

Of course the standout is the Westerley Cardigan.

Jeff Bridges in his kitchen, from GQ.com

Photo courtesy GQ.com

We think you should go read this. But that’s just our opinion. And if you are reading this blog post between 9/22/201 and 9/25/2017, you can save 25% off the Westerley with the code “FAMILY”.