An Exciting Collaboration Collection
Lee joined forces for the first time with Pendleton Woolen Mills for an exciting collaboration collection. This lifestyle collection celebrates the two iconic American heritage brands with a finely crafted, limited edition capsule for men and women. The collection is available via selected retailers as Black & Blue in Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
About Black & Blue Store
In 2015, Black & Blue opened the doors of their unique retail concept in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. The concept of the store, mixing the American lifestyle, was an instant hit since day one. While the word black in the store name refers to their love for BBQs, blue is the link for their denim and workwear passion.
Around two years ago the owners split Black & Blue into separate retail experiences so they could make both the next steps with their concepts. The blue part of the Black & Blue store moved to the city center of Nijmegen, The Netherlands, while the black part with BBQs and workshops stayed on the original location.
The collection of the workwear and denim brands has grown during the years, but Lee had always an important role and place in the store, next to other like-minded brands. In the back of the store leather craftsman By Boaz is running his workspace where he creates special handmade leather pieces, on request, but he’s also making his small collections.
All the images in the article are from Black & Blue, showing the owner of the store, Barry van den Heuvel, together with Boaz Klein Haneveld of By Boaz, the Lee x Pendleton collaboration menswear styles.
Black & Blue
Lange Hezelstraat 92
Nijmegen, The Netherlands
The Special Limited-Edition Collection
The two heritage American brands are coming together in this special collection. Lee, the iconic apparel brand known for its timeless style, while Pendleton Woolen Mills is a family-owned lifestyle brand rooted in the Pacific Northwest. With this limited-edition drop, they reimagine essentials from the brands’ almost 300 years of combined apparel experience.
For the collection, original Lee styles such as the Lee 101 jeans, Union-Alls, and Storm Rider jacket have been remixed with exclusively designed Pendleton patterns. Each legacy pattern has been reimagined in new colorways with fabric produced in the US. Adding to the capsule’s uniqueness, the jeans are crafted and sewn in Greensboro, North Carolina. These styles feature some of the last remaining American selvedge denim from Cone Denim’s White Oak Mill, which closed by the of 2017. (You can read more about this here). The fabrics are woven on authentic vintage Draper shuttle looms that only produced 100 yards a day, the fabric is another thread in this capsule’s link to American textile history.
Next to the classic Lee styles, they include men’s and women’s jeans shirts, as well as a limited-edition woolen blanket made of an exclusive Pendleton stripe design.
Lee About The Collaboration
”Pendleton’s use of beautiful color and pattern has always been a source of inspiration. Working together is a dream come true,” said Betty Madden, vice-president of global design, Lee. “We’ve taken a fresh design approach and incorporated Cone Mills’ selvedge denim to make this collection heirloom quality with stunning craftsmanship. I’m thrilled with this collaboration.”
Pendleton About The Collection
“Working with Lee was a perfect pairing for Pendleton. Their authentic American heritage brand echoes Pendleton’s dedication to quality, design, and textile innovation,” said Peter Bishop, executive vice president of merchandise and design, Pendleton. “With so many years of combined craftsmanship and expertise, we’re excited to see this unique apparel and blanket collection come to life.”