March is such an interesting month. Not quite winter, not quite spring. As soon as I pull out some of my spring outfits after a series of warm days, it seems to snow. It’s that time of year when your entire wardrobe needs to be available – and layers are a great idea.
I was outside running in Central on Friday before meeting my friend Ashley for lunch. It was definitely a cold day! As I was literally running over to meet her, she called me. She said there was a man standing outside with one of the best vintage coats she’d ever seen. Ashley was definitely right!
Andrew was kind enough to talk fashion with us. This beautiful vintage coat has a great silhouette – there are so many great construction details: deeply notched lapel, the buckled leather trimmed tabs at the cuff, and matching brown leather buttons.
Ashley and I were just dying to know who the maker of the coat was. Andrew said it was vintage Pendleton! I learned a lot about Pendleton by reading The Vintage Traveler. Pendleton is a woolen mill based in Portland, Oregon. The company is family owned and operated, and is over 140 years old. Thomas Kay was an English weaver that came to America in the 1860s and eventually opened his own mill in Portland. You can read more about the company’s history here.
Andrew definitely layered his look to adjust to the drastic temperature change that day. He had on a hat, gloves, and a great wool sweater. Turns out, Andrew’s sweater was also Pendleton. This is a great label to search for if you’re into the vintage and secondhand market. You can, of course, purchase new Pendleton products. I have the boots they produced with Doc Martens!