Our Journey Through The Pendleton Mills

Shipping Area

Pendleton Shipping Department

Lucky us! This July, Juno and Jove was the first store to tour the extensive Pendleton Mills in Washuga, Washington, and we’re excited to bring you the deets.

As the oldest continuously operating textile mill in the United States, Pendleton has set the standard for quality, woolen fabrications for almost 150 years. Their company history is intriguing, playing instrumental roles in early U.S. Western expansion, Native American cultural influence, and the Arts and Crafts movement. Still family owned and operated, this stalwart of American manufacturing has recently connected with their newest generation of fans through the  sensational Portland Collection.

Upon beginning the tour, our attention is diverted to a massive warehouse that contains floor-to-ceiling bundles of wool. Some raw, some recycled, each stack has been carefully graded and sorted depending on the type of textile it will become.

The wool has already gone through a duster and series of baths that removed water, dirt and grease. Lanolin, which is actually the recovered grease, is a natural by-product of wool and is used in a plethora of products from cosmetics to pharmaceuticals.

Massive, stainless steel dye vats line along walls in the adjacent warehouse. Each stock dye kettle has a 2000 pound capacity, and temperature and pressure settings are carefully controlled by a sensitive computer to ensure exact duplication of the rich colors which are Pendleton’s signature.

As we enter into the next room, the carding process is in full swing. Dyed wools are being combed into a fine sheet that is then divided into roving, untwisted and soft, thin strands of wool not yet strong enough to weave. To create the subtle shading of heathered wools, many different colored fibers have been previously mixed and then combined during the carding process.

A short distance from this combing procedure line are the endless aisles of spinning machines. This technique involves the twisting of strands, which gives the yarn strength and length. After a bobbin has finished winding the thread, it is removed by hand and steamed to eliminate kinking.

Large, wheeled containers of brightly colored wound spools herald what wonders come next. Walking through rows and rows of mechanical weavers and looms is an awesome experience. The din of machinery is deafening, but the waves of fabric that fall in soft order is mesmerizing. Iconic Pendleton patterns emerge from the looms in a race of stitches. Checked for imperfections by some lovely ladies, they swiftly mend mechanical ooops by hand so that the fabric is able to continue its journey.

The multi-step finishing process includes the measured exposure of heat, moisture, friction and pressure to soften and tighten the fabric before it is ready for tailoring. We were so lucky to come across some of the limited edition patterns from the Portland Collection during this leg of our journey! Yards of the Painted Hills pattern awaited transport to the factory that assembled the Ochoco Pack. The most anticipated fringed Ram’s Horn scarves sat elegantly on the cutting machine. It was fun being one of the first to finger the soft, wooly weave!

Eyeing the beautiful jacquard weaves brought to mind this season’s Wallowa Cardigan, Canyonville Tote handbags, the Dolman Overcoat, Semicircle Skirts and Double Pocket Shirts that are part of our fabulous current offerings at JunoAndJove.com.  How special this trip has been to see how many steps these incredible fabrics go through before making their way to us and then onward to our customers.

Finally, we came to the hand edging and tailoring that was being done on some of the Pendleton robes; the classic blanket that was so integral to the late nineteenth century Native American. An assembly line sews the edges, then the emblematic navy and gold label before it is uniformly folded, tagged, bagged and boxed for future shipping. Watching it all just built up anticipation for future shipments we would receive of these wonderful, USA Made products! #MadeInUSA

Many thanks to Pendleton for their warm hospitality and to TCF for the tour…Juno and Jove is so proud to be the only store in the state of Florida to represent Pendleton’s, The Portland Collection!

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Wine Women and Shoes: An Interview with Our Featured Designer, Koch

Lush Silk fabrics are just one of Koch's signature hallmarks.

Lush Silk fabrics are just one of Koch’s signature hallmarks.

Launched in Spring 2010, Koch started with a simple concept – to highlight key accessories with handcrafted details and handprinted fabrics. Now the brand has been fully realized into a complete ready-to-wear collection. Designer Nicole Musselman continues to stay true to her desire to spotlight local artisans. All prints are developed exclusively for the line, and the collection is made, in its entirety, in the United States.

We recently met up with Nicole as she came to represent Juno and Jove in the Wine, Women and Shoes charity event at Sarasota’s Ritz Carlton. The energetic, bubbly blonde wears many hats including businesswoman extraordinaire, fashion designer and mother. Here, she raves about her innovative team, shares with us her deepest inspirations and dishes on her connection to our gulf coast community.

JJ: Tell us about your team in Texas. Where do you work?

Nicole: We office in an area in Dallas, Texas called Bishop Arts which is an incredible, diverse community with a lot of artists.

I work with a great team of women at our offices…I feel so lucky to be surrounded by such smart, strong thinkers! They are an inspiration for our line. Alex, our production manager is a former model, young, creative and energetic. Holly manages all our purchasing and buying. She is a mother of two with impeccable taste and an incredible point of view. Kerry is our CFO and is also the mother of 4 and has an amazing mind. These are three of our key people!

JJ: A huge draw for our clients are the incredibly lush textiles Koch uses each season. Women particularly love your signature prints. What makes Koch different?

Nicole: All of our fabrics are carefully sourced and we love to mix textures. The signature of the line is its hand-printed fabrics, (which start with my drawings), and are then burned into wooden screens to be hand-printed in Dallas. We use a lot of local artisans and everything is made in the United States, either in Texas or Los Angeles.

JJ: Describe your creative process. What is inspiring you for the upcoming season?

Nicole: We have four collections a year. Two major ones, Fall and Spring and two smaller, Summer and Resort. I always start the collection with some sort of inspiration that comes from literature, travel, art or film. Our Spring collection was based on Hugh Holland’s book, “LOCALS ONLY,” which was shot in the 70′s and features skateboard photos in Los Angeles. We also used surf and skateboard graphics for inspiration of the prints. Currently, we are working on a collection that looks at Jack Kerouac’s books, book jackets, settings and characters.

JJ: Who is the Koch customer?

Nicole: The Koch woman to me is  someone who is strong, smart, sexy, independent and funny! Koch is clothing that is designed to move through life with people, making them feel chic, sexy and confident. Our clothing is classically casual, but can also move into nighttime. Clean, with a bit of  bohemian feel and some edginess.

JJ: How do you choose your vendors?

Nicole: What we all love about Juno and Jove is how professional and easy it is to work with everyone. I have met Olivia, and I absolutely love her.  She is such an intelligent, beautiful woman with a great eye and an ability to edit with such care. We also love that Juno and Jove recognizes the need to give back, appreciates that our line is made in the United States, and has a conscience when it comes to buying. We can also tell that the customer service is wonderful. All of these things make Juno and Jove a special place to shop and a special business for us to work with…we feel fortunate to be part of their store.

JJ: What are your favorite pieces from the line this season?

Nicole: My favorite pieces every season seem to be our sweaters. I love our cardigans and live in them over short dresses, with skirts, and with jeans. They always have intarsia (multicolored knitted patterns) on the back with something that represents the foundation of the collection.

Whitman Sweater

Intarsia sweaters can be found each every Koch collection. Fall ’12 included this covetable Joshua Tree in metallic copper thread.

JJ: Have you ever been to Sarasota?

Nicole: Actually, I am staying at my mother’s home on Casey Key! Although I live in Dallas, Texas and grew up in California my grandmother and grandfather moved to Casey Key in the 50′s and my mother has a home there, too. My father also made Sarasota his home until he died twelve years ago…so I have a longtime love of the area.

Koch and Juno and Jove

Koch designer, Nicole Musselman and Olivia Bono of Juno and Jove

Meet Drummond: Q&A With Our Top Shop Dog

 

The dashing “man-about-town” treats us with a sit down and roll over on life on the Juno And Jove team.

Q: First, what an AMAZING head (and body) of hair you have!

A: It’s my signature look…I’m going for something between Arctic Fox and Falcor, but you can only ever work with what you’re born with. To stay looking this clean and maintain my snuggle-factor I only groom with Vellus show products.

Q: Why Vellus?

A: I’m really not interested in smelling like a bowl of fruity oatmeal…Vellus is the only product that leaves me scent-sophisticated and practically glowing white. Seriously, one of my best friends is convinced I’m a mystical, magical creature from another dimension. I enjoy the compliment and I’m going with it.

Q: Is it true that you’ve been with Juno & Jove from the beginning?

A: Absolutely. I’ve participated in growing J&J from a glimmer of an idea in the (and my) Owner’s head into the consciously-courageous, retail company that it is today. I’ve nary missed a meeting in almost 6 years!

Q: What would you say your role is within the company?

A: Let’s just say I’ve had my copy of the executive restroom keys for awhile. As the head of development for Pet Products, I choose and test all of our products for safety, durability and quality. I’m also the company mascot and in-store host so occasionally I model for ads and press. While I do sit in on buying meetings, I leave the decision making process to my Owner…she’s much more discerning when it comes to our clothing selection…admittedly, I’m a sucker for anything that ends up on the floor or in a laundry basket!

Q: How about a lightning round?

A: Aaak! I don’t do well around lightning!

Q: Sorry, I meant a quick-fire question and answer session.

A: (deep sigh of relief) Oh yes, that’s fine…for a second there you had all the hairs on the back of my back on end!

Q: Favorite song?

A: Hey Ya! by OutKast for as long as I can remember, but Flamenco really gets me going…I think it’s all the clapping.

Q: Favorite Food?

A: I’m quite partial to the Megabunni flavor at Sunni Bunni, but I am a SUCKER for some freshly applied coconut oil.

Q: If you were a human celebrity who would you be?

A: Some hot comedian…or maybe just Keanu Reeves.

Q: What inspires you most?

A: It’s a tie between doorbells and squirrels.

Q: New favorite thing?

A: The squirrel shaped Cheerful Pet toy I was gifted last week…it’s divine!

 

 

Taylor’s Closet: One of Our Favorite Charities

Taylor's Closet FounderOne of Juno & Jove’s favorite charities is Taylor’s Closet, founded by 21-year-old Lindsay Giambattista, which helps build self-esteem in girls who have been abused. We recently caught up with Lindsay G. and asked her all about the charity and what it means to be a finalist in the Seventeen Magazine Pretty Amazing Contest.

How did it all start?

In December of 2005, a 14-year-old girl from Fort Lauderdale had an idea to give some less fortunate girls a little hope and a little love by allowing them to shop for clothes – cool ones, the latest fashions – for free!

Before I knew it, I had more than 50 bags of new and like-new clothing stacked up, floor-to-ceiling, in my room. That year, we put together a make-shift “store” aboard a yacht in the local Christmas boat parade where 20 or so young girls in foster care could come in and feel something special. That effort blossomed into an actual store, which now serves girls all over South Florida as a model for affiliated efforts around the country.

Tell us about Taylor’s Closet.

What happens in Taylor’s Closet is remarkable. Girls who have been abused, injured or who are just basically suffering from a lifetime of hopelessness come into our store and find out that someone cares – that all these beautiful new, designer clothes are there for them – completely free.

And then something happens to them. Walls start to drop. Attitudes become softer. Conversations take place. Love happens. Hope happens. You almost have to see it to believe the transformation.

Taylor’s Closet provides love and hope to girls in need through a shopping experience. Each girl can come to our store once a month and leaves with three pieces of brand new designer clothing, valued at $150. But even more she leaves feeling loved and valued.

Tell us more about the growth of Taylor’s Closet since its inception.

Taylor’s Closet opened its first store in 2006. It was a 500 square foot store that was housed with gently used clothing. In 2008, a 4200 square foot store was donated to us and after, a $250,000 renovation. The renovation project became a community project here in South Florida. Everything was donated. Today we are able to see 80 girls a month in our shopping programs and we will mentor 30 girls through our Awaken Mentoring Program.

Tell us about you.

Well, I’m a 21-year-old student who also runs a non-profit! I absolutely love fashion; it’s what makes me tick. But, I also have a love for anything related to art and design. Painting, restoring furniture, photography. Anyone who knows me will tell you, I’m a big hugger and I absolutely love food – it’s my favorite way to connect with people. I could bond with the Mona Lisa if we shared a meal together.

Tell us about the weekly workshops you offer the girls.

Model

“At-risk” can mean all kinds of things. It can mean your parents have thrown you out of the house to live on the streets. It could mean you don’t have parents at all. It could mean addictive behaviors. It often means abuse – emotional, physical & sexual. It could mean foster care or pre-foster care. It could mean you’ve lost your home and family to tragedy in another country. It could mean you just don’t have anywhere else to turn.

To us the words “at risk” mean something a little different. To us those words are a call to reach into these girls’ lives and extend – in a genuine way – a hand to demonstrate the love of God. We started doing something that had been in our hearts since Taylor’s Closet was first born. We asked a handful of girls if they would like to “do family” with us. For a period of time, we would commit ourselves to teaching and nurturing – not out of books – but out of our lives.

We teach, we learn. We get to see deeper into their lives as they see deeper into ours. We get to call out the hidden dreams in each of them. And then we move to activate them. That’s why we call it Awaken.

  • Art Classes
  • Sewing Classes
  • Cooking Classes
  • Life Skills Training

What are some of Taylor’s Closet’s biggest achievements?

Tell us about your employees/volunteers?

We currently have six paid staff members and four staff members that volunteer their time. We are all very close and often hang out outside of work. We eat lunch everyday together as a staff. We also take a weekend trip out of town each quarter to bond and get away.

In addition we have over 200 volunteer hours a month. We could never see all the girls we see if it weren’t for our volunteers. We love them and appreciate them so much.

How do you choose the girls?Taylor's Closet Model

We work with about 30 local agencies here in South Florida who specialize in working with teenage girls.  Each girl must be referred by an agency to shop at Taylor’s Closet. Each girl has an appointment to shop with us and is assigned a specific stylist (volunteer) to shop with her.

What’s one of the most memorable experiences you’ve had with a client?

Wow, there are so many stories I could tell. I think my most favorite story is when a sweet girl shopped in our store whose mother had just passed in the Haiti earthquake, leaving her in foster care. It was about two weeks after the quake, and her spirit was so fragile. I knew she felt so much loss and pain. I started shopping with her and just making sure she felt so loved. She slowly started getting more comfortable with me, but there was still no smile or even emotion. I hung up all her clothing in her dressing room, and decided it was time for her to try on her pieces. She came out of the dressing room with a beautiful pink sundress on and walked over to the full length mirror. I said she looked absolutely beautiful. On her face erupted an ear-to-ear smile. She started to twirl around in her dress, looking at herself in the mirror. You could just tell for one moment she felt absolutely no pain – she felt gorgeous. She was actually the first girl who ever shopped in our new store. I still see her in the store every once and a while. I’ll never forget her.

ModelWhere do you see Taylor’s Closet in five years?

I have so many ideas for reaching more girls through Taylor’s Closet in the next five years, but my vision is to build upon and perfect our mentoring program like we have with our shopping. We sort of become sisters, moms, and grandmothers to them. In five years, I hope to have a separate location outfitted specifically for the mentoring program where we can open our doors to mentor girls every day – hosting top notch classes for them while giving them a safe place filled with incredible design and loving people. A sort of high-end, but still super-adorable community center. (I don’t like that term, but it gets the point across).

How did you hear about the Seventeen Magazine contest?

I decided to do a Google search for educational scholarships for young entrepreneurs, and the Seventeen Magazine Pretty Amazing Contest popped up! I decided it was at least worth the try! I was so honored to hear they loved what I do enough to make me a finalist

 

 

Effects of the BP Oil Spill Two Years Later: A Way To Take Action

April 20, 2010 was a tragic day for the Gulf Coast of Mexico. The oil spilling over the BP Deepwater Horizon oil rig devastated much aquatic life and is a continual cause of adversity to our dolphins, sea turtles and other marine life, over two years later. For a timeline of the events of one of the largest oil spills in the history of the petroleum industry, visit TreeHugger.

To this day, over 600 dolphins have fallen victim to the effects of oil and in this year alone, over 100 have washed up in Louisiana, according to the Herald-Tribune. Another factor is the Loop Current, which connects the Gulf to the Caribbean Sea, the East Coast of the United States and the Atlantic Ocean, making it a critical piece of the fragile ecosystem of the earth.

Again Juno & Jove continues in their quest to help clean up our gulf by supporting Mote Marine Laboratory for the second annual year. Juno & Jove will donate 20 percent of the proceeds of their exclusive day dress by The Podoll’s to the Oil Spill Research and Restoration Fund.  Mote’s research on the waters, coastlines and the wildlife of the Gulf is critical for maintaining a balanced and healthy planet.

Dress Designed by The Podoll's

The Striped Winged Shirt dress is the easy, slip-on dress for hot summer days on the cape or coast. Light and gauzy in hues of sky blue, sand and cream, it’s easy to pair with warm brown, grey or nude tones. The mandarin collar and henley button down neckline makes a perfect frame for a cherished collection of charms and pendants. Most importantly, the drawstring waistline and signature Podoll winged sleeve is flattering for all body types. Made in San Francisco, California by The Podoll’s of 100% natural cotton, this dress is available exclusively in store or online at JunoAndJove.com.

Mote and other educational institutions held the Beyond the Horizon workshop, where prominent issues and solutions were discussed. Restoration efforts by Mote Marine Laboratory include:

  • Risk assessment to determine goals and actions for managing the Gulf
  • Ongoing scientific study of the physical and ecological connections between the sunken shorelines and the barrier islands
  • Establish criteria that will determine how marine protected areas within the Gulf should be used
  • Future plans for regulation, enforcement and monitoring

Environmental disasters impact our planet long after the media attention fades. Ongoing efforts to return communities to their natural state are imperative to future generations!

Treehugger Spots Designers Who Upcycle À la Mode

Boston based designer creates gown from children's books

Photo Credit: Ryan Novelline via www.Treehugger.com

And just for the fun of it, Treehugger has eyeballed some designing artists who definitely deserve a nod for innovation. We suspect that Ryan Jude Novelline’s fairytale gown was done with Lady Gaga’s inner child in mind.

Li Xiaofeng's Unique Jacket Design

Photo Credit: Miko He via www.Treehugger.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Or if Helena Bonham Carter opted for one of these dresses, would Tim Burton escort her in Li Xiaofang’s broken plate armored jacket?

Bustier made from repurposed wood chips

Stefanie Nieuwenhuyse via Behance, via www.Treehugger.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you agree that Rooney Mara could totally carry off Stefanie Nieuwenhuyse’s stunning bustier created with laser cut wooden chips?

 

Fashion at the Oscars: Sustainable Glamour

PET dress made of recycled water bottles

Photo Credit: Getty via Telegraph.co.uk

Mention the Grammys, Emmys, Tonys, Golden Globes or Academy Awards and those of us with a crush on couture clear our Sunday night calendars so we can indulge in the media frenzy that is the red carpet parade. The stars and their stylists never fail to delight, and most of us take for granted the enchanting selection of fabrics and materials used in the production of the glamour gowns. Very few ever have need to draw attention to alternative, sustainable textiles. In anticipation of the upcoming shows, we want to commend those championing eco-sensitive style from the top of their 5-inch heels.

Livia Firth, has become synonymous with eco-fashion as she leads by example. By petitioning to bring responsible luxury through her Green Carpet Challenge, Livia has succeeded in getting some of the most exclusive designing houses, such as Chanel, Armani and Gucci, to consider more environmentally conscious practices in their creations. Most recently, Livia wore a PET dress (made of recycled water bottles) that Armani designed for her appearance at the Golden Globes! See more of the designers who have signed Livia’s petition in the UK’s Vogue.

Even if one considers such extravagances to be frivolity, the people who make the dresses and the ones who wear them set trends that can change cultural tastes instantly. We would hope that those with a public voice use it to draw attention to alternative perspectives.

Introducing Olga Olsson Swimwear

Marilyn Swimsuit by Olga Olsson in CoralSoft as butter, these bathing suits glide on for a day at the beach and off for a night of skinny dipping! Designed in Britain, but made in the swimsuit mecca of Brazil, Olga Olsson’s graceful sportswear has global appeal.

 

 

 

 

Spotlight on a Love-Hate Relationship: CB I Hate Perfume

Earth friendly fragrance

Our perfumer profiling continues with the genius of Christopher Brosius, a true innovator in every ‘scents’.  The title of his “CB: I Hate Perfume” line would intrigue any aesthete of fragrance, but the name belies his love affair with perfumery.  Christopher has undertaken the challenge of capturing life experiences in pure liquid form, inspiring the wearer and their surrounds to undertake a journey of the senses.

Imagine the salty sea air and the nostalgia of some freshly slathered Coppertone “At The Beach”, or the enticing crispness of a shaded garden “Under The Arbor” as you nose hints of moss, grape leaves, weathered wood and the earth.  “Mr. Hulot’s Holiday” is the olfactory suggestion of a Mediterranean excursion with a blend of driftwood, suitcases and the waters of the sea. “In The Library” he blends leather bindings, cloth and wood polish to elicit a whiff in your mind.  Imagine then what memories of cool fall days “Burning Leaves” will stir.  How such combinations could be complimentary to the wearer has been solved by Christopher, defying what defines an assigned air of attraction to a man or woman.

JunoAndJove.com is quite pleased to represent CB I Hate Perfume…we consider it a unique refinement to distill and wear life’s adventures.

Perfume is the weather of our inner world bringing life to a personal landscape.”  - Christopher Brosius

New Pair of Shoes: Need a Reason?

If you ever need a reason to buy a new pair of shoes: