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Pendleton Wool Is Woven Into America’s History

Founded in 1863, Pendleton has been family-run business for six generations.  Since the company’s beginnings, it has produced almost all of its Indian blankets and clothing in the Pacific Northwest.

Although Pendleton first made blankets for trade with Native Americans, they have been producing wool shirts since 1924. For nearly a century, Pendleton has used the same size yarn to produce Umatilla wool that comes from the same sheep at Cunningham Ranch and other local farms in Oregon and Washington.

The Beach Boys (a.k.a. The Pendletones)

Pendleton gained widespread fame through surfers and California pop music.  When the Beach Boys first got together in 1961, the band was called the Pendletones.  Pendleton Woolen Mill sent the band a letter advising them they could not use the name. So the Beach Boys were born.  Later, in 1963, the band wore matching Pendleton shirts for the album cover for “Surfer Girl.”

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OP is a California surf and street-inspired brand of clothing, swimwear and accessories that has had “open season since 1972.”    Based in Irvine, California, the brand is popular with surfers and anyone looking for a California laid-back beach style.

In the U.S., OP sponsors music tours and surfing competitions.  The brand’s letters OP represent the words Ocean Pacific.

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Baja or Jerga Pullover

Spicoli Sporting a Baja in Fast Times at Ridgemont High

A Baja or Jerga pullover is a two or three-tone woven Mexican hooded pullover made of a mix of cotton, acrylic & polyester with a large pocket on the front.  Hippies, surfers, skateboarders, Rastafarians, extreme sports enthusiasts and metal rockers often wear them.

Bajas are a favorite of comedy film “dudes” named Jeff; namely Jeff Spicoli in Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Jeffrey Lebowski in The Big Lebowski.

Baja a.k.a. Jerga Pullover

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