Why We Like Prison Blues

With their catchy slogan, “Made to Do Hard Time,” Prison Blues boldly claims that their clothing can withstand the toughest workouts. We’ve been carrying several of their products for a few years now and our customers have been extremely pleased.

Prison Blues is located in Pendleton, Oregon. All of their Prison Blues brand clothing are made by inmates currently serving time at the Eastern Oregon Correctional Institute.

In 1989, the Prison Blues garment factory began carrying high-quality shirts, work jackets, jeans and other denim work apparel. Their main goal was to significantly reduce the burden of incarceration costs on taxpayers. Prison Blues gives inmates the ability to earn a prevailing industry wage while paying for their own incarceration costs and other payments. Never forgetting their roots, the denim jeans and denim apparel sold by Prison Blues is still worn by inmates throughout Oregon.

When you are getting a Prison Blues item, not only are you getting a high-quality item, but you are also helping inmates.

Prison Blues Yard Coat
Prison Blues Yard Coat
Prison Blues Work Jeans
Prison Blues Work Jeans
Prison Blues Western Jacket
Prison Blues Western Jacket

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Prison Blues Apparel

Tilley Fights the Summer Heat

If you need a hat for summer, but are worried that a fur felt is too much for the heat, you can always try a straw hat. Another alternative is to go with a Tilley.

Tilley started in 1980 when Alex Tilley needed a good hat for sailing and couldn’t find one. He decided to make one himself. Sparing no effort, he sought advice from a milliner, sailmaker and hat maker, and, as he says, “got it right”. Only afterwards, when he saw that he had an outstanding hat, did he decide to sell it through stores.

There are two summer hats from Tilley that you can enjoy. Both are light and comfortable, pack easily and provide good sun protection.

The Airflo is vented. It is made from Nylamtium® fabric, a strong water-and-mildew resistant nylon that provides lightweight protection from the sun. The polyester mesh incorporated in the crown is a distinctive feature and allows air circulation.

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Tilley’s Hemp Hat is more rugged, but will also provide proper sun protection.

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Tilley Hats

The Ruf Duck Apron

If you need an apron for any outdoor work, Ruf Duck’s will suit all your needs. It’s unique design places the straps on your shoulders rather than on the back of your neck. This way you can avoid “neck fatigue.”

There are no pockets to catch water or chemicals. Cleans and dries easily.

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Ruf Duck

Packing Marks in a Hat

We prepare our hats so that they are protected during shipping, but sometimes the parcel can be improperly handled. When this occurs, our felt hats may receive packing marks. These will appear as white marks on the brim, next to the crown. It is very easy to fix this problem. Often a brush will remove the marks. If not, the next alternative is to use a light dusting of steam.

 

When steaming a hat, it’s best to use a tea kettle. The spout at the top of the kettle makes a perfect channel for the steam. In fact, most hat steamers are just glorified tea kettles. If you don’t have a tea kettle, a pot of boiling water will also work. Just make sure that you keep your hands clear of the hot steam!

 

Follow the simple instructions below, and you’ll have your hat free of packing marks in less than 30 seconds.

 

There is also a video on YouTube that you can watch.

 

 

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Packing marks (over exaggerated)

 

 

 

steamer

A steamer. But a tea kettle works just as well.

 

 

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Applying steam. Note the distance. Do not put the steam directly on the hat. 6-8 inches is a good distance.

 

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The finished product. Total time, 15 seconds.