Here’s a great, fun entry from our “Pendleton on Parade” series! Pendleton interprets Mod fashion!
When you hear the name “Pendleton”, do you automatically think of plaid shirts and sturdy wool jackets? You’d be right, but you wouldn’t be thinking of the mod beauty that is this structured, red wool tunic dress. Blending the sturdiness of Pendleton wool with the simplicity of Mod styling, this mini-length tunic could be worn on its own or with tights or leggings. This 60’s piece still includes its original skinny belt in navy blue, fastened by a brass-toned buckle. Click here for more views and sizing:
Pendleton trivia: The founder of the Pendleton line was an English weaver named Thomas Kay, who found the then-new state of Oregon to be ideal to set up his operations in the 1860’s. 100 years later, people falling in love with the Mod style, which was very popular in Britain, found the Pendleton company producing the latest fashions. It seems poetic somehow!
In deep autumn colors, both blue-toned grays and brickish reds with some curried gold thrown in, this unlined shirt-jac is a structured, yet jaunty with its angled and straight-set snap pockets. Great for casual occasions where you want a rich autumnal palette of hues to distract you from the cloudy weather…and stand out against the crunchy, leafy landscape. Made of all virgin wool and using quality craftsmanship, this is yet another testament to the Pendleton – and Oregon – contribution to twentieth century fashion! Click here for views and sizing.
Pendleton fact: Early Pendleton shirts were not made in fashionable colors. They were for function only and, as such, they were not made in hues other than neutrals like gray. By the time this item was made, they had obviously realized the appeal of non-drab tones!
This is part of our spotlight on Oregon-made apparel, also known as Pendleton on Parade!
Although Pendleton wool comes from sheep in the more rural high desert of eastern Oregon, this green boucle coat is urban-ready! Made in a medium-light yellowed green, it is the color of pea soup…perfect to keep away the chill or the thick fog. Subtle nubby texture, warm-toned cream wood-grain buttons, and golden acetate lining bring sixties flair to you! Click here for more views and sizing information.
Fun fact: The Pendleton company first introduced women’s apparel in 1949. By the time this coat was produced, it would have been a fairly “new” item. As established as the Pendleton label is now for women’s jackets, shirts, and skirts, this is hard to imagine!
Sturdy, robust broad black leather belt with functional snap-closure pockets in leather and triple-buckle closure. The decoration is a simple but attractive configuration of silver grommets and red faux rubies. Great for fans of the two-wheeled open road experience! Click here for more views and details.
For rich, mysterious fabrics, you can’t do much better than the liquid loveliness of velvet. This 1970’s women’s blazer-style jacket is crafted in a deep chocolatey brown crushed velvet. Two recessed-center brown buttons close the jacket in the front, and there is slight gathering at the shoulder. While this piece is clearly styled in the seventies look, it still manages to look timeless. Very fluid and supple fabric, just perfect for cold-weather wardrobes! Click here for more views and sizing information.
The early to mid 1980’s saw a huge popularity with these fitted, gathered parachute pants: The provenance of boomboxes and moonwalking and breakdancing. These parachute pants were made by Bugle Boy in a sheeny gray nylon with lots of gathers and zip-closure pockets for maximum style. Click here for sizing and more views!
Made by Moroci of New York, which retailed in Nieman Marcus. This blogger would be lying if she did not mention that she immediately thought of Prince when she laid eyes on this regal purple coat Sure, Prince wore more brocades and ruffles, but it’s all about that color: For centuries, it has been the color of royalty. This particular piece is in a shade of imperial purple, or “the purple in the rainbow”, neither very red or very blue. More interesting still is the fabric. It’s slightly fuzzy. It’s mohair! The trim is a black imitation snakeskin and the coat will hit at least at mid-calf. You can have a real field day building an ensemble around this. As Prince would say, “Go crazy!”
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Attention comic book and superhero fans! Is your Spider Sense tingling? That may be because we have here a 1970’s Spider-Man sleeping bag in brown with images in white, yellow, green, and of course red and blue. See Spider-Man fight villains! See Peter Parker changing out of his street clothes to reveal the telltale costume! There’s no sign of Mary Jane Watson, but this sleeping bag would have been marketed to a demographic with little appreciation of the love story developed in the movie franchise. Click here for more views and dimensions!
Before the “Wazzup” and croaking frogs commercials during the Superbowl, Budweiser was a highly visible brand because of its simple red, white, and blue design. Thousands upon thousands of teenage and young adult males had Budweiser paraphernalia of some kind hanging in their basement bedrooms. This is a memento from that time. Great for the beer memorabilia collector in your life! Click here for more views and dimensions.
We tip our hats to this classic Western-style hat in brown wool, made by the American Cowboys label. This particular model is called the Bronco and is of a medium-light brown with a thin brown band around the base of the crown and has a 3 1/2″ brim. The crown is in the ubiquitous “Montana Peak” style. The inside of the crown is lined in a wine-colored fabric with the company logo in gold. This is a dress hat, which is very important to fans of Western wear! You don’t want to be confusing your work hat with your fancy occasion hat. Fun fact: Custom dictates that you lift or tip your hat for strangers, but you completely take the hat off for friends. We’d be much obliged if you clicked here for more views and sizing information!