Gorge meets glitz in licensing agreement
Pendleton Woolen Mills has partnered with luggage company Ricardo Beverly Hills, 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. The bags will 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 look forward to extending our reach and providing consumers with an exciting new category for our heritage brand," said C.M. (Mort) Bishop, III, President of Pendleton Woolen Mills.
"This powerful relationship provides us with an exceptional opportunity to introduce Pendleton's world-class, intricate patterns in our unique and innovative fashion/designer luggage," said Paul Sarazin, President of Ricardo Beverly Hills.
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 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 operates 54 retail stores, a direct-to-consumer catalog and website in addition to selling its lifestyle products to the wholesale trade. With six generations of family ownership, since 1863, the company celebrated 150 years of weaving fabric in the Pacific Northwest in 2013.
Ricardo Beverly Hills was founded in 1978 by Richard "Ricardo" Gibbs, who was a travel products salesman for 40 years prior to launching Ricardo Beverly Hills. Identifying a need for great looking luggage with superior performance, Richard founded Ricardo Beverly Hills in his home.