“Warranted To Be A Pendleton”
At Pendleton Woolen Mills, the phrase “Warranted To Be A Pendleton” stands for a level of quality and craftsmanship that consumers have trusted for 150 years. The phrase is a nod to a proud heritage, and is a promise going into the future that Pendleton products will continue to be made with the same unbending commitment to quality that has made them famous for more than a century.
For facts about Native Americans see Pendleton, Oregon history.
Pendleton oversees every part of the production process, starting with the purchase of 100% virgin wool from ranchers in Oregon’s Umatilla County. The highest levels of quality control go into processing the wool, dying it, weaving it into fabric, and then cutting and sewing. It’s that meticulous attention to detail that makes Pendleton clothing and blankets feel so good and last so long; they are Warranted To Be A Pendleton. So when you put on a classic Pendleton Shirt, or lay a Pendleton Blanket over your lap when you’re sitting by the campfire, you’ll know that they’ll last for years to come.
Preserving a Legacy
Pendleton Woolen Mills founder, Thomas Kay, was an English weaver who spent his first years in America working in East Coast textile mills. In 1863, he made the trek to Oregon by ship and burro, and soon became fundamental to the history of woolen mills in the state. With the help of his oldest daughter, the Pendleton Woolen Mills became a family endeavor. Patterns and skills were handed down, menswear and womenswear lines were added, World War II saw a need for blankets and woolen clothing for American soldiers, surfers in the 1950’s made the Pendleton wool shirt a fashion icon; all around them, the world changed. But generation after generation, Thomas Kay’s descendents continued to run Pendleton Woolen Mills with the same values and dedication that he insisted on from the very beginning. This timeless commitment to quality and detail has earned Pendleton a reputation on par with the greatest woolen mills in the world.
For the company’s Centennial Celebration, Pendleton created a beautiful video to illustrate their rich Oregon history; you can enjoy it here.
Those Legendary Pendleton Blankets
Pendleton Woolen Mills were one of the first companies to offer Native American designs and the vivid colors, styles and textures that are so loved today. Loyalty to the brand was evident with the Nez Perce nation near Pendleton, who used the blankets to keep warm, for apparel and for ceremonial use. The word of the unbelievable quality of the blankets spread, and the tribes that endorsed the brand include Navajo, Hopi and Zuni nations. The popularity of the blankets and their use of Pendleton pattern designers had enormous respect for Native American history and culture. Pendleton employees spent time with the Indian tribes of Oregon and the Southwest, to learn more about the Indian respect for quality and the reflection on Native American lifestyle that could be incorporated into the manufacturing process. Today Pendleton wool blankets are considered some of the finest blankets to be found and are still proudly made in Pendleton, Oregon the same state that founded Baker's Boots & Clothing.
Pendleton Woolen Mills are loyal to the heritage with styles like the Chief Joseph and the Lakota Way of Life blankets, they continue to honor Native American tribal traditions. The company proudly supports the American Indian College Fund through the sale of limited edition blankets, and partners with the Museum of the American Indian at the Smithsonian. Imagine yourself in a warm handmade Pendleton Mills made blanket this winter.