Friday, December 30, 2016

Bygone L.L. Bean

US Made Sweater by Alps, Bought at the Freeport Store in 2008; Women's Interlock Turtleneck in Glen Green

21 comments:

  1. That looks incredibly cosy.

    I wish it was easier to find quality sweaters. I need to make a trip back to Freeport (a long way from the Cotswolds, granted, but absolutely worth it).

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  2. It's sad that the quality of LL Bean clothing has gone down over the years. We were an LL Bean family long before it was "fashionable" to wear LL Bean clothing. We bought it because it was practical and good value for the money. Unfortunately today, most LL Bean clothes are over-priced and made overseas. But, they are still better than Lands' End, which has gone downhill even more than Bean.

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    1. I can't say I've had the pleasure of experiencing "old quality" LL Bean, but even their newer stuff is far better quality than the mass-market apparel we get here in England. So sad what is becoming of ALL things, isn't it?

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    2. Agreed; perhaps Bean is satisfied to remain ahead of the curve, wherever that happens to be? I still have two Bean cotton sweaters, both less than two years old. They are comfortable but despite gentle wear and care, have holes from poor stitching or chronic pilling. I know that Bean will take them back, but I'd rather have quality over charity.

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    3. LAnd's End was destroyed the minute SEARS bought them.

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    4. Thank you for bringing back comments. I echo the sentiments of others here; they have been missed.

      Paul Connors

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    5. I also am saddened by Bean's decline in quality. For the UK readers, a UK example of a quality decline is Hunter Wellington Boots, which were high quality when made in the UK, but now are low-quality (and leaky) imports - despite being more expensive than ever. Sigh.

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    6. You're right about Hunter. I don't understand why they are still so popular. Very few people seem to care about quality today.

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  3. I bought that glen green L.L. Bean turtleneck after seeing it on TDP a few years ago. I liked it so much I bought a second (glad I did, as the color hasn't reappeared since) and I bought a Boat and Tote with that trim color as well. Some of the L.L. Bean things don't have the same old standards... still mostly better than most of what is out there. --EM

    P.S. Happy to see comments back here!

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  4. LL Bean is still better quality than many other places. Their customer service is wonderful.

    I, too, bought that turtle neck after seeing it on your blog.

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  5. I'm a 40+ years LLBean fan and have never experienced poor quality. I do wish they still offered classics green and pinks though . . . cheers!

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  6. My husband is now on his second Norwegian fisherman's sweater from L.L. Bean. His first one was the first Christmas gift I ever gave him (before we married). The second one he asked for a few years ago because he'd worn out the first sweater. It's his signature look!

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  7. All I want to say is I am so glad the comment feature is back!!

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  8. Me three! I learn a great deal from the comments : ))) So glad to see a comeback.

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  9. Thank you for a return to comments. I have missed them. Jane

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  10. I received my L.L. Bean Norwegian Fisherman's sweater thirty years ago for Christmas and it is still one of my favorite sweaters! Thank you for bringing back the comments. Happy New Year! LR

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  11. So glad to see the comments back! I, too, still shop with L.L. Bean, but only for what remains of their classic items, such as their flannels and oxford cloth shirts. Bean is one of the few places one can still find well-made classic items in smaller women's sizes. I've been stocking up, though, in case that ends. 'Gentle stockpiling,' as I learned from this blog. Happy New Year to all!

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  12. Have coveted the blue one since I was a child. Someday might spend the money...

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  13. I sure wish they would bring back the well-loved classics. Also, the quality is inconsistent. LLBean used to be a family favorite. There are still a few things I buy on a regular basis.

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  14. I have considered buying such a sweater for some time.

    ...Done !

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