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“You open the door of the store and you get a waft of wool smell — it’s just like smelling leather, ” says Mort Bishop III. “You smell quality.”
Pendleton competes with Talbots and J. Crew for the attention of the 45- to 55-year-old shopper with a taste for quality fabrics. Balancing reliable products and innovative designs is the challenge Pendleton Woolen Mills faces every year. Bishop anticipates the market six months in advance, what he calls, “writing the next chapter.”
In the next chapter, he sees collaborations as key to creating innovative new designs — and staying in business. A collaboration with the high-fashion New York-based company Opening Ceremony landed a Pendleton jacket on the May cover of American fashion bible Women’s Wear Daily. And it started, of all places, in Japan. There, American styles have been tweaked to fit Japanese frames and sensibilities, inspiring a new line of clothing called Pendleton Meets Opening Cermony, which uses Pendleton wool and Native American patterns in clothing with urban styling. Two other collaborations, one with clothing company Hurley and one with the Japanese high-fashion label Comme des Garçons, also combine Pendleton fabric with new cuts and styles. These lines launch this fall.
As Pendleton celebrates its centennial anniversary this year, Oregon turns 150. It was a custom Pendleton blanket that Gov. Ted Kulongoski gave to President Barack Obama to celebrate the state’s anniversary, a blanket picturing Mt. Hood that was made from a new wool derived from environmentally friendly processes and dyes.
Thursday, May 29, 2014
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Friday, July 18, 2014
BY JASON NORRIS | OB GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
Back in May, we shared a common Wall Street quote about investing, “Sell in May and go away.” Fast forward to July and the most common question we have been getting from clients is, “When is the market pullback going to occur?”
Thursday, June 05, 2014
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Thursday, May 29, 2014
BY LEE VAN DER VOO
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Tuesday, July 08, 2014
BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR
The New Yorker recently published a sharply worded critique of “disruptive innovation,” one of the most widely cited theories in the business world today. The article raises questions about the descriptive value of disruption and innovation — whether the terms are mere buzzwords or actually explain today's extraordinarily complex and fast changing business environment.
Update: We caught up with Portland's Thomas Thurston, who shared his data driven take on the disruption controversy.
Thursday, July 03, 2014
BY TED AUSTIN & MIKE BAELE | GUEST CONTRIBUTORS
The Office of Economic Analysis announced that Oregon is currently enjoying the strongest job growth since 2006. While this resurgence has been welcome, the lingering effects of the 2008 “Great Recession” continues to affect Oregon businesses, especially with regard to estate planning and business succession.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
BY TOM COX | OB BLOGGER
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