Behind the Scenes
- Tuesday, 3/4/14
The French sailor’s shirt began as a tribute. The original design boasted 21 blue and white stripes, one for each of Napoleon’s victories. Initially, only sailors stationed in the Brittany region wore the shirts but when they discovered that the stripes made it easier to spot men who had fallen overboard, the entire French Navy… More
- Thursday, 2/20/14
Every L.L.Bean T-shirt, water bottle, bike or boot that needs a pattern or logo comes through Brian Sailer and his four-person graphic department here in our Freeport, Maine, office. “If it has a graphic on it, my team has touched it in some shape or form,” says Brian. Sailer moved to Maine almost three years… More
- Tuesday, 2/11/14
In 1911, Leon Leonwood Bean returned from a hunting trip with cold, damp feet and a revolutionary idea. He decided to create a boot that was comfortable and durable enough for exploring the Maine woods. Satisfied with his design, he sent out mailers to local fishermen and hunters, with a disclosure that each pair had… More
- Tuesday, 1/21/14
We are honored to have been ranked #1 in customer satisfaction for the 2013 holiday season by two leading customer research firms, StellaService and ForeSee. L.L.Bean earned the highest possible rating in the Stella Monthly Benchmarks report, an objective evaluation of customer service performance across phone, email, shipping and returns. According to their report, our… More
- Thursday, 12/26/13
In 1912, our founder, Leon Leonwood Bean, die-hard Red Sox fan and outdoorsman, created a boot to help fellow adventurers enjoy even the harshest of weather. One hundred years and a Fenway Park partnership later, we’ve created something that fuses the design he loved with the team he couldn’t live without – a boot that… More
- Tuesday, 12/10/13
Wildlife artist John Ruthven loves to walk. And he loves his L.L.Bean Boots. He has walked in them at least 4 miles a day, covering a total of more than 75,000 miles, over the past 50 years. Along with a sketchpad and pencil, his trusty boots are the only items that always go with him… More
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