Originally Posted by porcelain monkey
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.
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.