6.12.10

Hudson's Bay Co

I worked for Hudson's Bay company several years.  When I first started at the age of eighteen I worked retail at the company headquarter store in Toronto.  Eventually I worked as a visual merchandiser setting up new stores.  The Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) is the oldest commercial corporation in North America and one of the oldest in the world.  The company was founded in 1670.  Originally it catered largely to the aboriginal people and it’s primary trade was fur.
The Hudson Bay blanket is fundamentally Canadian.  My grandparents had one and for our engagement my grandmother bought us one.  I love to use it during the winter.
The four colors on the ‘point blankets’ are Green, Red, Yellow and Indigo.  Traditionally the colors represent: Green is taken to mean new life, red often stands for battle or hunt, yellow relates to harvest and sunshine and blue water. The blankets are produced in England by John Atkinson and Sons.

The blanked has been repurposed to make many different things like coats, shoes, hats, scarves and even home accessories:



Do you have one? Wish you did?
I want a jacket!

36 comments:

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Thanks for giving us more insight on Hudson Bay Company. How amazing that it's been around for more than 300 years!

p.s. We followed the first part of the formula pre-karaoke but my friends had too much fun at the outdoor bar to get to karaoke. We have to try again another time!

Signe said...

Meh, can't see these images, will come back later - maybe it will work then :)

Lady Grey said...

I never knew that about the colour. What a sweet post.
oxo

Krystal said...

I want one but I would be such a poser. I can't see the pics which is weird, but I see it on your bed in the other post!

shari @ little blue deer said...

They are amazing! I would love to own one! XX!

design traveller said...

hi, what happend to the photos?

Lenore @ Lather. Write. Repeat. said...

Love love love the Bay!!! The blanket is a true classic up here!

XO
Lenore

Susan Erickson said...

It certainly is iconic. I slept with many a Hudson's Bay blanket in my youth. I don't know why but my parents had three or four of them. Nice warm, scratchy wool.....

Grace said...

Interesting. But I cannot see the photos either - just little red x's!

Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

Okay- the images are up for good!!
Thank you for letting me know or I would not have even bothered to check- They were there when I did my post preview last night- Not sure if it is blogger or my comp- (I just used my laptop to upload-) has that happened to anyone else- any advice on what it means when the photos have little red x or blue question marks-
xoxox Ren

Em said...

I love Hudson Bay Co. blankets! (Isn't there a belief or legend that white is the warmest color, too?)

My grandparents had one and I don't and now it's on my list. :)

Bossy Betty said...

I had never heard of this company! Great stuff! Can I borrow your jacket when you get it?

Clair said...

Love the colors and the jacket and the shoes-yes I like it all. Great to know a bit about the history. This company has staying power.
Clair

jeanette from everton terrace said...

I have a vintage J.C. Penney kind of knockoff of this blanket, looks exactly the same and it's also on our bed. I want that jacket, oh it is just fantastic. GREAT engagement present by the way.

Noodles and Waffles said...

The jacket is amazing. Love it.

Ninjagaiden78 said...

Those are really dope designs. I like the color scheme.

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Mo Pie, Please said...

Oh I wish I had one! I love it as a blanket but I also love it as an ottomon and a coat!

and flowers pick themselves said...

oooh how fabulous! i LOVE the colors!

xo Alison

dotblogg said...

I love the sitting sofa:)I'd like to have it:)
I've seen the bathrobes with these stripes but I've never heard that there's a whole philosophy about this motif:)

hugs
Just

Diana Mieczan said...

Ohh I also would love to have that blanket and the sweet jacket:)
So pretty! Hugs and kisses, darling

Café Bellini said...

I want the blanket!

Jen said...

I want the flats! I want the flats! Oh yeah, and that ottoman ;-)

Kristin Hjellegjerde said...

I don´t have one, but sure I wish I did.
Love both the jacket and the blanket. What a great story by the way:)

The Many Colours of Happiness said...

I love the jacket!!! And the shoes!!!
I'd never heard of them before, but now I want one :)

Jude said...

I do not have one and wish I did! I love the long history of this company and that you took the time to share that story - made me smile on this too-long Monday, thank you!

la petite coquine said...

What a wonderful blanket and company history. I love the way they've re-purposed the fabric to make all those amazing things-I would run off with that coat in a heartbeat!

msihua said...

I like the last picture of the whole thing! All the furniture, clothes.. makes me want to go to the beach!

Libbie said...

I'd even be happy with the blanket! I imagine it is quite cozy!!! Just popped over from I Love my House! & glad I did!

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

I had no idea! And I always go to the Bay when I'm in Canada. Thx for the info :)

George said...

I'm Totally Diggin' That Jacket. Maaayyy Have To Purchase It For My GeeEff For Crimkas.

Oh, I Took A Look-see At Your Spike. Ahhhhdorable. If You Lived Closer You Could Bet There Would Be Some Pretty Extreme Puppy Play Dates Going On.

Jesse {GoodGirlGoneGlad} said...

What a great coat!

Tori Caylin said...

I cannot even handle how much I LOVE that Jacket! Thanks for sharing info. about Hudson's Bay, I was oblivious to it.

bklyn76 said...

wow, i never knew what the colours stood for. when i was younger i thought the bay colours were so ugly, but as i get older, they are definitely growing on me. the blanket seems retro-chic now! ;)

a new girl in vienna said...

i'd love a blanket!

Faiza said...

i've always wanted a blanket too! and now that i know what the colours mean, i want one even more!

Diana said...

AAHH! A dream job! You lucky ducky!

I love Hudson's Bay stripes! It's pretty much the main reason I feel happy about being Canadian. I love all their stripey stuff! I have a couple blankets, sweaters and a scarf, but I'm with you on the jacket.

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