The Pendleton Thomas Key Weekender Is Tougher Than You Look
From the Oregon Trail to the Mass Pike.
To name its premier weekend bag, Pendleton Woolen Mills looked to none other than its founder, Thomas Kay, who settled in Oregon in 1863 after an arduous four-month journey up the Pacific coast. Like the man, the Thomas Kay Weekender can withstand a hell of a lot. It’s overqualified to hold your toothbrush, scuffed flask and four t-shirts: The heavy wool-cotton weave, heavy plated clasps and inches-thick burnished leather strap are as hardy as the proportions are hefty. The lining is durable cotton-canvas (throw in pocket knives and cameras with abandon), and two interior leather pockets provide first-class accommodations for valuables.
The print is from Pendleton’s original stock of Indian trading blankets, and features the famous geometric intricacies Pendleton is known for in a palette that remains on-trend despite being a century old. And that’s what this bag has going for it: It’s of the moment and will be a hundred years down the line.[$649; Pendleton-usa.com]
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