What can I say about a young man and his plaid pleasure?! Perhaps it is because I dressed Michael in plaid when he was a baby! Perhaps it is because his Dad, Grandpa and three uncles all have worn plaid forever!
I memorialized his eclectic choice of attire for his first day of summer camp in 2008. It was only fitting to weave paper strips for the layout design. Shhh! What we didn’t photograph was his plaid boxers!
A few months ago Michael went to the Pendleton Wool store in Portland, Oregon. It did not surprise me when he came home sporting this beautiful blue and charcoal plaid wool shirt. My heart skipped a beat when I saw it. If you are my age or older, you might remember the Pendletones.
Does the name Brian Wilson ring a bell? How about Dennis, Carl, Mike and Al? These five young men changed their boy band name to The Beach Boys and took the music world by storm as the sang all about the California surf scene. On almost all of the covers of their earlier albums, they are wearing this same Pendleton plaid shirt! Pendletons, tees and khakis made up the surfers’ fashion trend.
“In 2002, Pendleton celebrated eight decades of Pendleton shirts by bringing back iconic shirts from each decade. To celebrate the 1960s, we brought back the Board Shirt in the same plaid seen on all those record covers. We officially named it the Blue Beach Boys Plaid.” 1
Spendy? Yes! Worth it! You bet!
1 You can read more about the Beach Boys and their Pendletons here: http://blog.pendleton-usa.com/2012/10/03/before-they-were-the-beach-boys-they-were-the-pendletones/