Welcome to Settlemier’s Award Jackets and Logos. Established in 1990 by Gloria Settlemier in the basement of our family home, Settlemier's has grown to the complete varsity-style jacket and patchwork factory that can be found today in our 8,000 sqft. factory. Now operated by her son Aaron Settlemier (with a lot of assistance from Mom and sister Heidi!), Settlemier’s has been making the highest quality varsity-style products in Portland, Oregon for over 25 years.
Using only the best 24oz. virgin wool melton (milled in the Northwest by America’s most respected and traditional source), with cow-hide leathers, and 100% wool knit for our jacket trim (which is made in-house) all offered in vibrant colors, we pride ourselves on quality first and foremost.
It’s a tradition that goes back 3 generations from Aaron, to Gloria, to Gloria’s parents Dorothy and Dale Nelson— who established Nelson’ Jackets in the 1960’s here in NE Portland. As a result of America’s Great Depression, moving from her small South Dakota farmhouse in the 1940’s was a necessity for success for Dorothy Nelson. “Grandama" Dorthy had a knack for entrepreneurship and a DIY attitude that moved her from an entry-level position at Portland’s Jantzen Swimwear Company toward establishing her own successful jacket factory years later. To this day, Settlemier’s uses the very same jacket patterns and knitting machines (and at least one employee!) from the days of Nelson’s Jackets. Pride in what we make isn’t just in our blood, but in the shape and sounds that fills the Settlemier’s factory every day.
Here at Settlemier’s Jackets we work tirelessly to keep alive the American manufacturing spirit! By sticking with the tradition of the classic high school/collegiate letterman style, while keeping up with the fashion of today. By offering a wide range of options and customization to really make each jacket something special for it’s wearer. By cutting & sewing & knitting every jacket as well as making every chenille or embroidered patch here in-house with local labor. By being family owned and operated from the beginning.
With these tenants rooted in how we see the past and future of all that is “varsity,” we hope to be making the best lettermen-style jackets and patchwork— not only for the best student athletes and athletic providers all over the country, but also for the best established and up-and-coming fashion brands all across the world— for decade more to come.