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Pendleton for Eddie Bauer Collection — A Western Union

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The origins of the Pendleton brand can be traced back to 1909, when the three sons of Fannie Kay and C.P. Bishop opened a woolen mill in Pendleton, Oregon, and transformed it into a production hub and a retail operation, initially focusing on the production of Indian blankets and later expanding into men’s outerwear. The Bishop sons set out to revolutionize the look of men’s wool shirts, which had traditionally served only utilitarian purposes and had drab and unattractive color schemes, and infused a lively spirit to these garments via the clever use of colors and patterns. In 1949, when the company expanded into women’s wool garments, it soared in popularity, and eventually a full-fledged line of activewear (made with both wool and other materials) emerged. Nowadays, the Pendleton name is synonymous not only with outdoors-y fashion, but with a decidedly Western, Native American-influenced aesthetic.

Though the Eddie Bauer company has been collaborating with Pendleton since the 1920s, a very special collection has been unveiled this year. For Holiday 2011, Eddie Bauer has introduced the Pendleton for Eddie Bauer collection, which includes women’s and men’s apparel, accessories, bedding, and home décor items inspired by archival Pendleton pieces worn by Eddie himself and his wife Stine.

The collection includes such highlights as the Eddie Bauer Pendleton Tote Bag ($200 at EddieBauer.com), a square-ish, red wool tote with leather handles and leather trim along the base of the bag and trimming its top surface, as well as demarcating the two side pockets. Measuring 15″ in width and 15″ in height, the tote features a Native American-inspired print consisting of geometric shapes like diamonds, triangles, and arrow motifs in olive, tan, mustard, brown, and black hues, creating a final effect that references such classic Pendleton patterns as the Big Thunder and the Gatekeeper.

The Eddie Bauer Pendleton Jacket ($250 at EddieBauer.com) features a similar print and features snap buttons along the front; a sheepskin-lined, motorcycle-style collar secured by two snap buttons, leather-trimmed, diagonally cut pockets along the sides; and sleeves with snap button details.

Those who want to add a bit of Western flavor to their ensemble might love the Eddie Bauer Pendleton Cross-Body Bag ($130 at EddieBauer.com), available in either red or tan. Measuring 7 3/4″ in width and 8″ in height, this compact handbag features an adjustable leather strap, a top zipper closure, a leather-trimmed exterior slip pocket with a leather buckle accent, and two interior zip pockets.

For longer trips (Christmas out of town, perhaps?), customers can snap up the Eddie Bauer Pendleton Duffel Bag ($299 at EddieBauer.com), which offers plenty of room, measuring 23″ in length, 12″ in height, and 10.75″ in depth. This wool bag features a gradient olive green backdrop and an intricate cream, yellow ochre, and forest green pattern, with arrowheads, hexagons, cross, and diamond shapes. Featuring leather top handles attached to harness-style golden metal loops, a front pocket with a distressed leather top flap, and leather loops along the sides, this duffel will bring out your inner cowgirl.

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