Northwest Fashionista: Pendleton

September fashion calls for clothes that keep us warm as well as stylishly layered. This fall season, the Northwest Fashionista is in luck. “The Portland Collection,” created by Pendleton Wool, is now available in Portland for the first time. That gives fashionistas the opportunity to reconnect with the roots of local fashion history.

“The Portland Collection” is a fresh perspective on Pendleton’s iconic textiles as seen through the eyes of three independent and talented Portland designers. Launched in 2011, the collection drew rave reviews from a contemporary, global audience.

Setting the standard for classic American style, Pendleton is recognized worldwide as a symbol of American heritage, authenticity and craftsmanship, and these fabulous fleece to wool fashions are created right in our own backyard with fabrics from the company’s mill in Washougal, WA.

Wool is the ultimate trendsetting fabric. However, some experience wool as too itchy. I recommend you wait to wear wool til temperatures dip to 50 degrees and below. Even on cold, wet, dreary Northwest days and nights, wool worn over cotton will be stylishly toasty and warm.

Fashionistas will also be happy to know that Pendleton Wool has opened a new store at the Portland Airport; now shopping for fall fashions or holiday gifts this autumn and winter should be a lot of fun with so many options out on Airport Way. 

This signature store represents an all-new design that showcases the rich heritage and deep roots in Oregon and Southwest Washington woven into the style of Portland’s DNA.

“We took an Industrial Chic approach to the design,” says Robin Crowell, retail division manager for Pendleton. “You’ll see replica mill-style lighting and various elements of a working mill interior, galvanized pipe, specially designed wool fabric for fitting room curtains, along with distinctive wallpaper and stained concrete floors throughout. All of these elements take on the sensibilities of the mill and translate it into a dynamic retail setting.”

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