L.L. bean is a representation of fashion for the everyday person and has been turning out designs for nearly a century. It was founded in Maine in 1912 by hunter and fisherman Leon Leonwood Bean. The classic rain boot is a staple item within the line that helped establish the original outdoor image of L.L. Bean. Since then, the label has incorporated a full line of clothing featuring everything from polo shirts, slim fitting button-ups, and flannels, to belts, duffle bags, and ties. The line is classic American with a modern twist and has recently undergone a major facelift. The L.L. Bean stores are one of the few places where you will find 18 year olds and 70 year olds buying the same clothes.
The label's new signature line, Carleton has updated several classic pieces and effortlessly finds the balance for the lumberjack guys and the man-about-town. It's polo shirts are made of a fine cotton and has bold wide stripes in colors such as navy and salmon. The shirts come in long sleeve but it would be great to have a few and cut the sleeves to make it a short sleeve polo. The new belts are leather and thin with a brass buckle brandishing the name L.L. Bean. The duffle bags are of a quality canvas and comes in a few different colors. It's perfect for either an overnight bag or a gym bag. Most of these items retail under $70 and are sold in outlet malls all over the States. www.llbean.com