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Style Inspiration without Clothes

September 19, 2016

Style Inspiration Without Clothes

Most menswear editorials revolve around photos of well-dressed men, but some of my favorite sources for style inspiration have nothing…

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Bean Counter: Testing LL Bean’s Guarantee

July 25, 2016

Bean Counter: Testing LL Bean’s Guarantee

If you’ve been interested in men’s clothing for a while, you’ve probably heard of LL Bean’s guarantee. It’s not a…

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Mister Mort’s Favorite Summer Item

July 9, 2016

Mister Mort’s Favorite Summer Item

Street style photographer Mister Mort recently talked to The New York Times about his favorite thing this summer: LL Bean’s…

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It’s On Sale: Stuff Here and There

June 30, 2016

It’s On Sale: Stuff Here And There

There are some great end-of-season sales at the moment. Along with some big price drops at Mr. Porter (where the…

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Behind the Vaults at Levi’s Archive

May 2, 2016

Behind The Vaults At Levi’s Archive

Of all the company archives, Levi’s might be the most impressive. It’s not just about quantity – they have thousands…

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A Look at LL Bean’s 100 Year Old Archived History

March 28, 2016

A Look At LL Bean’s 100 Year Old Archived History

It takes a lot more than just history to be a heritage brand. Abercrombie & Fitch, for example, is an…

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A muslim woman in LL Bean’s Lewiston, Maine factory

March 24, 2016

A Muslim Woman In LL Bean’s Lewiston, Maine Factory

Pictured above: A muslim woman in LL Bean’s Lewiston, Maine factory trimming the bottom of one of America’s most iconic…

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The Mountain Parka for Lightweight Layering

January 11, 2016

The Mountain Parka For Lightweight Layering

Back in the 1970s, some American college students were transitioning away from the more polished navy-blazer-oxford-button-down look of the previous…

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Layering Cold Weather Textures

December 30, 2015

Layering Cold Weather Textures

Winter isn’t just a good time for layering – it’s also the best season for textures. In the spring and…

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Outerwear That Won’t Break the Bank, Part Two

September 24, 2015

Outerwear That Won’t Break The Bank, Part Two

It’s harder and harder to find well-made, well-priced clothes these days. Everything is either cheap crap from fast fashion brands,…

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Dealing With Salt Stains

February 16, 2015

Dealing With Salt Stains

The end of winter can be a real nightmare for leather shoes. When the snow is half-melted and slushy, it’s…

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Shoes for Rainy Days

December 15, 2014

Shoes For Rainy Days

We’ve been suffering through some pretty bad storms here in San Francisco. When the weather is this wet, you need…

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Items from Our Catalog

November 6, 2014

Items From Our Catalog

In the 1980s, at the height of the American catalog business, Alfred Gingold wrote two parody catalogs that looked much…

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It’s On Sale: Stuff at LL Bean

October 13, 2014

It’s On Sale: Stuff At LL Bean

LL Bean is having a 10% off sale that ends today. The discount doesn’t sound big, but this is as…

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Affordable Duffel Bags

June 2, 2014

Affordable Duffel Bags

Following Jesse’s link to the story on affordable tote bags, I thought I’d share some finds I’ve come across for…

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