May 28, 2011

Urban Native Girl Does Pendleton Panache

Filed under: Arts & Entertainment,News Alerts — Tags: , — Lisa Charleyboy @ 10:07 pm

In 1809, Pendleton Woolen Mills in Pendleton, Oregon, began mass-producing Indian trading blankets. They studied the color and design of local and Southwest Native American designs in order to replicate them for mass use. At the end of World War II, Pendleton was the only American woolen mill still in business. Although Pendelton Woolen Mills is non-Native owned, it has a rich history of supplying amazing designs consistently throughout the years. Two hundred years after the company’s founding, Pendleton designs are more popular than ever, and a fixture of street fashion.

Pendleton Denim Jacket

Dynamic Denim

There are few items as versatile as a denim jacket. When you add a Pendleton yoke to it, you get that fantastic fusion of fashion and function. While this jacket could look very much at home on any hipster throughout Turtle Island, it could also look real fine on a rancher doing his thing out in the wild. I could just see John Eagle (Glen Gould) from the Showcase series Cashing In rocking one of these while riding his steed. The design is a tribute to the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation, to honor their efforts with the Deschutes river restoration.

Denim Jacket with Jacquard Yoke @ Pendleton Woolen Mills. $138 USD.

Photo Credit: Hypebeast.com

Pendleton Vans skate shoes

Jam on It

Last month at the Gathering of Nations, you would have been hard pressed to walk for more than 5 minutes in the Indian Traders Market without finding someone clutching a Vans shoebox. To say that the Pendleton Vans were a hot item would be a gross understatement. Peeps from all over Indian Country are buying them, and every purchase supports the Native non-profit organization Nibwaakaawin, the organizer behind the All Nations Skate Project, so you can feel positively wholesome about this hot addition to your sneaker collection.

“Chukkas” @ Nibwaakaawin. $75 USD.
“Slip Ons” @ Nibwaakaawin. $70 USD.

Photo Credits: OffTheWallSite.net

Sho Sho Esquiro Pendleton

Yo Quiero Esquiro

Another booth at Gathering of Nations that attracted a lot of attention was that of Vancouver-based, Dene fashion designer Sho Sho Esquiro. Her unique designs usually combine Pendleton with a contemporary, urban twist. I particularly love the half-corset shown above that’s combined with an ostrich embossed leather. She also delves into men’s fashions with oversized hoodies, perfect for that Native rapper fresh to the scene. Custom orders are her thing, so be sure to connect with her for more deets. E-mail Esquiro_deisgnz@hotmail.com.

Pendleton Half-Corset w/ Ostrich Style Leather @ Sho Sho Esquiro Clothing. $75 CAD.

ICTMN style maven Lisa Charleyboy is Urban Native Girl.

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June 13, 2011

‘Tis the Season

Summer’s here, and there’s more to it than beach bumming and barbecues. Yes, I’m talking about wedding season. Love it or loathe it, you’ll be sucked into it, and you need to be prepared. Wedding gift rules on spending are not set in stone, so trust yourself to be the judge of just how generous you’re feeling. Here are a few ideas to let your creativity shine beyond the bone china.

Totems are Trendy

Totem bowls and mugs

We’re not going to get into an appropriation debate here—let’s appreciate the fact that the totem aesthetic has become so popular it’s now deemed fit for kitchenware. Rob Southcott, a Toronto based industrial designer, has created three beautiful works of white totem representations for the modern couple with a sense of humor. The real beauty in these items is that they won’t break the bank if you’re on a budget. These bowls and cups are stackable.

Bowls, $87 CAD, @ NextModernHome.com

Cups, $74 CAD, @ NextModernHome.com

The Spice of Life

Totem salt and pepper shakers
Salt and pepper shakers may seen like an ordinary object, but some renditions out there provide not only stunning table ornaments, they also spawn fun dinner conversation. The totem matching set, also by Rob Southcott, could round out the clean, white, modern aesthetic of kitchenware you‘ve already purchased. While the recycled glass totem versions are more true to Pacific Northwest style design and are designed by BC artist Mark Garfield. And they’re eco-friendly for the more socially conscious couple.

Totem set, $35 @ NeatoShop.com

Recycled Glass Set, $114/pair, @ PacificNorthwestShop.com

Pendleton Blanket

Pendleton Pride

For the couple who love to keep it traditional, a Pendleton blanket might just put have you covered. This version is the “Tree of Life” pattern, which is a traditional Navajo rug design dating back to the 1840s. A tree usually springs from a wedding basket in Native American tradition and the birds represents the children from the marriage. Nothing says abundance like the gift of family.

Tree of Life blanket, $208 @ Pendleton-USA.com

Oh Deer

Wooden and resin deer wall sculptures
Traditional modern couples might not want to have actual animals on the wall, but may enjoy the campy kitsch of a modern deer sculpture. For a more contemporary style, try the handcrafted woodcarving to give the couple that cozy cottage feeling every day. The white resin version is definitely a “get the look for less” nod, while still bringing an urban flair to any residence. These stylish additions are ideal for the younger pair who enjoy simple, clean lines in their home.

Noble Deer Modern Trophy Head Wall Sculpture. $590 @ Nova68.com

Deer Trophy Wall Sculpture, $98 @ UrbanOutfitters.com

ICTMN style maven Lisa Charleyboy is Urban Native Girl.

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