Again taking some cues from military styling, this plaid piece from the 1950’s fashions virgin wool into a smart, masculine-looking complement to slacks or more casual pants. The defined dropped waistband helps to establish this broad-shouldered shirt-style jacket as somewhere between everyday wear for business, but also is not a jacket that would be worn to chop down a tree. It says, “I have some free time, and I look good in plaid.” As with all vintage Pendleton, this garment is made with all-Oregon wool and crafted by Oregonian hands! Click here for more views and sizing information.
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.
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!
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!
The first word that came to mind upon seeing this blazer was “snazzy”, but we’ll leave it to you to find your own adjectives. What we can fairly and objectively state is that this wool Pendleton blazer combines the fine Oregon tradition of making high-quality garments out of wool, and that this is a very foresty, verdant yellowish-green that we’ll call “moss” with a check pattern in a darker shade of green. The finishing touch are the little gold-tone buttons with sheep’s head motifs! Click here for more sizing and views!
Another great street shot of one of the designers for Portland’s Church & State boutique. Sporting a fantastic Southwestern inspired Pendleton wool jacket. Perfect for chilly evenings out on the town.
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.