Classic Acts: Pendleton’s Team-up with Portland Designers

Any vintage enthusiast can tell you — the appeal of the past has everything to do with loving what is seldom found today. It has to do with the quality of garments, the nostalgia they evoke when you wear them. It seems the long-standing wool textiles and apparel company Pendleton Woolen Mills has embraced such sartorial anthems, while also inviting in modern design, in their recent collaboration with Portland craftspeople Nathaniel Crissman, Rachel Turk, and John Blasioli. The Portland Collection is inspired by century-old pieces they tracked down in Pendleton’s impressive apparel archives, and we’ve got the pics to prove it.


Above: A mixt of Pendleton pieces from their archives, and the items they inspired

Designers Nathaniel, Rachel, and John looked to Pendleton classics dating back to the late 1800s and early 1900s for inspiration. Many of the designs are reflective of the early square designs of those eras since they predate looms that were able to create angular motifs, such as arrows. The result? A collection reflecting the company’s most iconic classics with modern twists. Check them out below!


Clockwise: the Pendleton Oregon Tale Dress, Adventure Capital Dress, Pathway to Go Scarf, Cabin Fervor Cardigan, and Adventure Capital Tote

Laura Vrcek

About Laura

With a passion for events, interviews, and her pet aloe plants, Laura strives to live in a world where writing poetry evokes celebrity status. When she's not planning her apartment's next face-lift, she's either befriending strangers or admiring maps. She has an MFA in Creative Writing, is a member of ModCloth's Charitable Giving Committee, and is an avid appreciator of funky hairstyles and too-hot sauces.

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2 Responses to Classic Acts: Pendleton’s Team-up with Portland Designers

  1. Et tu, tutu? 10/04/2012 at 4:32 pm #

    What fun and colourful prints! I love that cozy cardigan. :)

    -Lindsey

  2. Kitty 10/05/2012 at 2:49 am #

    I have a wonderful vintage wool jacket from Pendleton, I wore it here I absolutely love it it’s exciting to see some new items!

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