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post #856 of 949
These guys need to drop a coupon code sooner rather then later.
post #857 of 949
I've been meaning to ask this for a while, and I guess if you post on this thread you are a fan of LLBS, but how would you grade this line a couple of years in? I have a few things that I really like - Waxed cotton duck boots, some polos, but there is much more that I want to like and just don't. Maybe I need to see more of it in person, but it just does not look that compelling on the web site to me. I would give the overall line a B.

Thoughts?
post #858 of 949
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Originally Posted by porcelain monkey View Post

I've been meaning to ask this for a while, and I guess if you post on this thread you are a fan of LLBS, but how would you grade this line a couple of years in? I have a few things that I really like - Waxed cotton duck boots, some polos, but there is much more that I want to like and just don't. Maybe I need to see more of it in person, but it just does not look that compelling on the web site to me. I would give the overall line a B.

Thoughts?

I'd give it a B+. What I like about LLBS is that the line has a clear aesthetic. Unlike J.Crew, LE Canvas, and Club Monaco, which all look EXACTLY the same these days, LLBS is more distinct. It's sticking to its outdoorsy LL Bean roots -- duck boots, wool sweaters with ducks on them, cotton canvas pants. Even when they do branch into new areas like suits, they're in casual fabrics like tweed and linen. It all fits. I like most of what I see, and the quality is very good.

There are a few things holding it back, though. The prices are a tad high for cheapskates like me. The fits aren't slim compared to, say, the 3 companies listed above. I'd also like to see some more risk-taking with this line. It might be hard since LL Bean is targeting a wide audience, but there aren't many items that make me say, Wow, I have to have that.
post #859 of 949
^ the duck boots are a must have for me
post #860 of 949
has anyone bought the black slim fit denim jeans and if so, how have they faded?

I have the raw's and love them and was wondering how they compare (ie. same weight denim? how much less stiff than the raws? how have they faded with washings or wear?)
post #861 of 949
do you have fit pics of the raws? How did you size? 1 or 2 down?


I hear they have a cut similar to APC NS's.
post #862 of 949
wish some of their stuff was slimmer. I own the duck boots and they are nice. And the canvas jacket is a little shorter than I wanted but I still like it. Just ordered that large duffle too.
post #863 of 949
TACO - I bought TTS and they fit me great (a little tight in the seat and upper thigh.. but jeans always stretch with wear and I'm assuming these will, too)

the cut is fantastic, as is the denim, which is why I'm wondering if the black is the same weight denim and how it will fade
post #864 of 949
Some new arrivals were just added to the site this morning it seems.
post #865 of 949
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Originally Posted by porcelain monkey View Post

I've been meaning to ask this for a while, and I guess if you post on this thread you are a fan of LLBS, but how would you grade this line a couple of years in? I have a few things that I really like - Waxed cotton duck boots, some polos, but there is much more that I want to like and just don't. Maybe I need to see more of it in person, but it just does not look that compelling on the web site to me. I would give the overall line a B.

Thoughts?

I'd say a B, B-. I was expecting better design, frankly. I have the updated chamois shirt, waxed duck boots and black suede chukkas. All basics that llbs tweaked a little, for the better.

But I haven't been remotely tempted by woven shirts or trousers -- all the colors look so dull.

I guess what I was expecting was more of a WWM lite. I still think llb could kill it if they made more things in the US and trumpeted that fact.
post #866 of 949
I like the look of most of the stuff, and I like the wool shirt jacket I have from them, but honestly the fit just doesn't work. might grab some duck boots for winter at some point though.
post #867 of 949
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Originally Posted by porcelain monkey View Post

I've been meaning to ask this for a while, and I guess if you post on this thread you are a fan of LLBS, but how would you grade this line a couple of years in? I have a few things that I really like - Waxed cotton duck boots, some polos, but there is much more that I want to like and just don't. Maybe I need to see more of it in person, but it just does not look that compelling on the web site to me. I would give the overall line a B.

Thoughts?

Personally, I'm a huge fan of the line, but it could be because I'm a very outdoorsy guy by nature. Have grown up camping and fishing all my life, so I feel like their stuff very suited towards my tastes. Sure, the fit is pretty horrible, but by sizing up and using a good tailor, I can get the correct sleeve lengths and have everything fit well around my chest and waist.

In particular, I'm loving their footwear (moccasins, boat shoes, duck boots and the new dressier stuff), madras shirts, rugby shirts, suiting/sportcoats, and oxford shirts. So far, nothing has stood out to me in the sweater department (even though I highly doubt anything would fit anyway), or in their outerwear.It does seem that they're throwing out some off-the-wall stuff in the fall/winter lines, so I'll give them credit for that. Quality seems to be very high in some pieces and at least decent in most.

My only real complaints are the pricing and the quick manner in which items disappear from the website (even though they're usually still available for purchase over the phone if you can describe the item to the SA). If they offered a few more 20-30% off sales and kept some of the items around longer until I could afford them, I'd probably be buying even more.

EDIT: They really do need to decide what their audience is with this line. It seems like with the fit, they're trying to stay in this worthless middle range where it's either way too big for the younger, more-fit style-conscious crowd or way too small for the old, bumbling, obese crowd.
post #868 of 949
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Originally Posted by Peter1 View Post


I'd say a B, B-. I was expecting better design, frankly. I have the updated chamois shirt, waxed duck boots and black suede chukkas. All basics that llbs tweaked a little, for the better.

But I haven't been remotely tempted by woven shirts or trousers -- all the colors look so dull.

I guess what I was expecting was more of a WWM lite. I still think llb could kill it if they made more things in the US and trumpeted that fact.

I think I was expecting Rogues Gallery lite, and for the most part this aint it. Actually I just looked at the site and some of the new arrivals look pretty good, so maybe there is hope.
post #869 of 949
$20 off a $50 order going on right now when you check out with paypal. Found this over at Slickdeals:

http://slickdeals.net/forums/showthread.php?t=3320814

Use the link in the first post. If you need a filler item (a lot of stuff is $49.99), check out the fly fishing lures section.
post #870 of 949
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Originally Posted by fiestaplatypus View Post

$20 off a $50 order going on right now when you check out with paypal. Found this over at Slickdeals:

http://slickdeals.net/forums/showthread.php?t=3320814

Use the link in the first post. If you need a filler item (a lot of stuff is $49.99), check out the fly fishing lures section.

Just LLB or does the Signature line work for this too?
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