1970’s women’s “Young Pendleton” virgin wool shirt-jac


From Pendleton’s misses’ line introduced in the 70’s, this shirt jacket pairs the timeless colors  of black, red, cream, and yellow with a multi-directional plaid in a decidedly feminine silhouette.  Features 70’s style “swallow’s tail” collar,  black buttons, and loops for a belt.   Made of all-virgin wool from all-Oregon sheep in the eastern part of this fair state!  Click here for more details and sizing information.

1950’s men’s Pendleton plaid robe

Great for cold-weather lounging and even greater if you enjoy warm russets and olive tones instead of the standard holiday jewel tones, this 1950’s Pendleton robe for men is ready to help you relax in plummeting nighttime temperatures.   Constructed of 100% virgin Pendleton wool right here in Oregon, this robe comes from the wool of sheep who know the chilly nights of eastern Oregon’s high desert!  Click here for more views and sizing details.

1970’s “Young Pendleton” plaid skirt

How did the 1970’s interpret the plaid wool Pendleton skirt?  They made it longer, not pleated, and decidedly A-line.  This piece is an example of the “Young Pendleton” line, made in virgin wool, in several demure colors:  tan-cream, varying shades of blue, varying shades of maroon, and even a little purple for good measure.   Buttons down the front with maroon buttons.  Could be worn with a cowl-neck sweater, a rich-fabric blazer with a romantic blouse, or many other ways, and would go surprisingly well with that must-have mid- to late-70’s accessory:  The knee-high boot!   Click here for sizing and details.




1960’s men’s wool Pendleton coat

Face the elements with confidence in this smart 1960’s men’s coat in a fetching warm curry brown color.  This wool coat is fastened with one small collar button and four larger  buttons in brown and features jaunty, dynamic visual design such as slash pockets and slightly curving lines.  Fully lined in satiny quilted fabric.  Another quality piece from Oregon’s own Pendleton company, with wool from Oregon sheep, with a style that translates to anywhere!  Click here for more views and sizing information.


1960’s Pendleton men’s shirt-jac

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!




Pendleton plaid wool skirt

It’s very hard to look at such a classic plaid skirt and not think of the Audrey Horne character in the classic show Twin Peaks.  Although Audrey’s skirts were more often wine-colored, almost all the women of Twin Peaks wore some configuration of plaids and tartans; it was an expression of the Pacific Northwest and the woods and people who made their living by logging…although none of the characters were lumberjacks!  Whatever the meaning of the show’s distinctive wardrobe, the plaid skirt reminds fans of this show of Audrey, dreamily dancing in the diner, trying to catch the eye of Agent Cooper, and just being all-around mysterious.  Like so many people in Twin Peaks, she was full of secrets.  This skirt, however, is very straightforward:  Full of timeless style.

Saddle shoes not included.

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The Truth Behind Vintage Pendleton

All year long, but particularly now and all through the blustery Fall and Winter, we are up to our armpits in Pendleton orders. We have seen every single colorway plaid, button and cut style imaginable. When I first came on the Monster Vintage good ship, I was told that since the company has been pumping these out, in many of the same patterns, for over 100 years, rendering them impossible to decade-date. With a lovely new hire on board who questioned this, I was prompted to call the Pendleton headquarters and get to the bottom of the vintage wool mystery.

Turns out to be factual – the nice representative I spoke with on the phone confirmed the difficulty in pin-pointing Pendletons. The company has been using many of the same patterns for the last 150 years. That’s a long time. Especially when your production numbers reach into the hundreds of thousands each year. So, alas, we continue to title all these woolen beauties as simply, “vintage”.

Below, a few of their most popular models, which include the Board shirts and Sir Pendleton lines. Following, as is my method of operation, are a few selections from our site. And boss man just got back from an epic picking journey – all I saw were brief flashes of wool plaid but rest assured there will be lots of new (vintage) picks to purchase on the website soon. Very soon.

Modern Pendleton Round-Up

Pendleton wool garments have been keeping urban cowboys warm for the last hundred years. Made using 100% virgin wool and spun right here in Oregon, their checkered plaid button-ups have become an essential closet item for anyone living in a seasonal climate. And since Fall is upon us, we have already begun filling orders for fantastic vintage Pendleton products from all over the world. Turns out that lots of young’uns, from Japan’s trendy Harajuku neighborhood to cool kids in Australia and all over Europe, are in love with Pendleton too. It’s one giant lumberjack plaid tree house out there.

Pendleton’s standard fare of oxfords and blankets were doing just fine, but earlier this year, the company decided to reach out to the young consumer market even more. They collaborated with Opening Ceremony and created a line of very modern but simple garments, that incorporated the easily identifiable American plaids and Native American prints. Below are some images from their Spring 2010 look book.

We currently have lots of great Pendleton for sale. If you already own a shirt, look into some of their rarer vintage pieces, like full zipper work jackets, pants and blankets. Stay warm in wool this Winter!

Ponchos & Plaid

Another visual installment courtesy of Fashionisto. Ponchos and plaid. So trendy but so good. Lucky for you vintage-loving mens (and womens), we have some choice items in stock right now so that you too, can successfully stage a solo photo-shoot complete with a denigrated neighborhood setting, rocks, graffiti and train tracks!