In 1909 Thomas L.Kay and his family moved to Pendleton in northeastern Oregon and took over the defunct Pendleton Woolen Mills and started there business there. Since then Pendleton has become renowned for their Native American inspired blanket designs and durable woollen shirts. Today the company is still privately owned by the family and operates across eight facilities in America.
Pendleton are the masters in making wool & creating plaid shirts. In fact, they are the first people to make a plaid shirt, back in 1924. Their Hawthorne Flannel Shirts come in traditional tartan patterns and are made in 5.2oz cotton flannel with Ultrasuede® elbow patches. This style is the Campbell Dress tartan, whose origins are thought to be both Celtic and Norman French. The Celtic source is from Dairmid O'Duine, called wry mouth, an Irish warrior chief.