Factory Visit: Pendleton Woolen Mills

pendleton 001Magnus Carstensen of Cophenhagen, Denmark stopped by Pendleton Woolen Mills’ factory in Portland, Oregon, and shared these photos with Sweden’s Très Bien Shop.Pendleton 007

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Note the faded billboards for my beloved Stetson Hats, “The Hat of the West,” and for now defunct H Bar C California Ranchwear, named for pre-war era tailors Halpern and Christenfeld, makers of riding clothing.

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Pendleton, perhaps best known as the origin of the wool plaid shirt, has been outfitting everyone from brawniest outdoorsmen to the most mellifluous musicians for eighty-five years.

PendletonesThe Beach Boys, once known as The Pendletones, perhaps the best clothing-inspired band name

Look for Pendleton, arriving soon to Sweden’s Très Bien Shop, and in finer American outfitters year-round.

Additional images c/o A Restless Transplant and Flickr.


  1. plaidout
    June 27, 2009

    *The Pendletones, the best clothing-inspired band name this side of Max & The Cummerbunds.

  2. Walter Briski, Jr.
    June 27, 2009

    i love those shirts. we love the same stuff.

  3. Lesli Larson
    July 2, 2009

    Interesting by confusing report. First photos are of the Portland Outdoor store which is an outdoor clothing store in Portland, Oregon, that sells Pendleton (and Filson and Barbour and Red Wing and western saddles). The actual Pendleton factory is located in Pendleton (Eastern) Oregon.

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