Having just returned from a trip to Montana, where I happily picked up a Pendleton handbag
at Bob's Outdoor in downtown Livingston (not to be confused with Bob's Taxidermy, which is right up the road), imagine my surprise to find that Pendleton -- the Oregon family-owned woolen mill that's been around for 140 years -- is on trend for fall
. Carried this season by retail's litmus-test-for-hip Opening Ceremony
, the iconic brand seems to be making the reverse commute from country to town.
The Chinle Tote
, at right, retails for $128 and measures 17 3/4 by 16 3/4 by 5 1/2 inches with 10 inch leather handles. The virgin wool print evokes early 20th century Navajo rugs from the Chinle region. Its base is made from canvas, and the bag is fully lined.