Since I am currently going through my homesickness/Oregon withdrawal (which happens EVERY time I leave Oregon), I am still thinking about all of the wonderful products, places, and people that emerge from my home state.
One Oregon-based company that I love is Pendleton. Pendleton is known for its Native American motif blankets — the prints are vivacious and unique, and the wool is divine. The company was founded in 1909 in Seaside, Oregon and has been known nationally for its home goods. It also produces amazing (and stylish!) clothing options for men and women. I became a fan a little over 2 years ago (I went into labor the night I placed my first order, hence the reason why I remember exactly when I became a fan) when Pendleton did a collaboration with leading edgy retailer, Opening Ceremony, which helped them land a front cover on WWD!
My first purchase was a coat, one that I find incredibly beautiful and special. To me, it is a piece of art. I wear it a lot in the Fall and Winter, and everywhere I go, I get comments on it. I have even worn it to fashion events and have gotten a lot of compliments! It is perfect for throwing on everyday, or for a special occasion. I love that it is not black and that it is different than the mundane puffy black coats that permeate the streets of New York.
This Hannukah, my mother — also a Pendleton fan — gifted me a sophisticated and unique cape. It was actually a theme for the whole family. The younger generation of men received a shirt, the women a coat, and my father a vest (he looks quite dapper in a vest). We are all very thankful for our presents! A piece of Oregon in all of our closets!
I love all of the Pendleton products. Especially the ones in which they collaborated with Opening Ceremony — it brings more of a hipness and edge that potentially is missed in some of the classic shapes. They worked together for three seasons and produced some amazing pieces. Many men’s pieces are still available online. Although they do not have a current collection together, Opening Ceremony helped bring a freshness to the brand, giving it more ooomph, pizzazz, and indie spirit!
It’s worth taking a look at! It might not be for everyone — you definitely have to feel comfortable rocking out in bright colors — but it is high quality material and an Oregon business!
— AYN, aka the Josie Girl.