For anyone interested, LL Bean Sig updated their preview website to reflect some new totes. Not for me, but maybe for some of you manbag carriers. Some of the stuff in the slideshow looks aight, too. Perhaps as stated above, another J Crew alternative, but with a lifetime no questions asked guarantee.
I'd say it looks promising. I tend to think of LL Bean as more fall / winter wear, so if all they do is slim down the fitting of many classic Bean staples like flannels and wool pants it would be a step in the right direction. I do like the look of those cotton suits.