America’s two most established brands are in a surprise collaboration. Lee, who comes to mind when it comes to denim, and Pendleton, famous for his woolly clothes and blankets, offers a one-ofa-kind collection.
With nearly 300 years of textile and garment-making experience between them, Lee and Pendleton Woolen Mills released Tuesday a men’s and women’s capsule collection that interprets their histories in contemporary style.
The collection reimagines staple pieces from both brands, including the Lee 101 Jeans, Storm Rider jacket, and Union-Alls, each produced using exclusively designed Pendleton patterns. We can describe this collection as a remix between two exclusive brands. Each legacy pattern from the family-owned lifestyle brand known for wool blankets, apparel, and accessories has been reimagined in new colorways with fabric produced in the U.S.
For example, the woolen fabrics of Pendleton appear on collars, pockets, and piping, and are used as shirting material. A limited-edition wool blanket is also part of the collection. Adding to the collection’s historic roots, the jeans feature some of the last remaining American selvage denim from Cone Denim’s White Oak Mill, which closed in 2017. Woven on vintage Draper shuttle looms that only produced 100 yards a day. The jeans are crafted and sewn in Greensboro, N.C., Lee’s hometown and where White Oak Mill once stood.
We must say that men’s and women’s jeans, shirts, jackets, and overalls are included in the range of course.
“Working with Lee was a perfect pairing for Pendleton. Their authentic American heritage brand echoes Pendleton’s dedication to quality, design, and textile innovation,” said Peter Bishop, executive vice president of merchandise and design, Pendleton. “With so many years of combined craftsmanship and expertise, we’re excited to see this unique apparel and blanket collection come to life.”
The collection is available on Lee and Pendleton’s websites and will come to select Pendleton retailers and independent boutiques later this month. If you are after a one-of-a-kind fashion collaboration and hunting down some new year gifts, we are happy to tell you that you are on the right track.