Portland, OR—Pendleton Woolen Mills, an iconic American lifestyle brand, has partnered with Ricardo Beverly Hills, one of the largest luggage companies in America, under a licensing agreement for the Pendleton brand.
The new Pendleton Luggage Collection will feature the company’s exclusive patterns printed on Ricardo’s softside and hardside luggage, with opportunities to incorporate Pendleton fabric in a variety of ways, from exteriors to interior pockets along with colorful luggage tags and other travel accessories. The collection is anticipated to debut fourth quarter of 2014 globally in select department stores, and specialty retailers, including online at Ricardo Beverly Hills and Pendleton-USA.
“We are delighted to team up with Ricardo Beverly Hills, known for its product excellence, quality and innovative designs,” said C.M. (Mort) Bishop, III, President of Pendleton Woolen Mills. “We look forward to extending our reach and providing consumers with an exciting new category for our heritage brand.”
The Pendleton Mill in Pendleton, Oregon, is the company’s original mill, and one of the longest-operating in the nation. The first product was its famed Native American-inspired blankets in 1909, with the introduction of men’s shirts in 1924 and women’s apparel in 1949. Today the product offerings include men’s and women’s apparel, blankets, accessories, home decor, gifts and furniture.
The company operates a second centennial mill located in Washougal, Washington.
Pendleton, a multichannel marketer, operates 54 retail stores, a direct-to-consumer catalog and website in addition to selling its lifestyle products to the wholesale trade. Pendleton has been featured on runways in Tokyo and Paris through relationships with upscale fashion brands such as Opening Ceremony, Comme des Garcons and YSL. The company’s iconic patterns have also been featured on countless athletic apparel, footwear and lifestyle brands, including Nike, adidas, Vans, Hurley and Levi’s.