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.
I'm another LL Bean Signature apostle. I love the line and the stuff fits in with my style perfectly. But then again, I always really liked the mainline LL Bean stuff as well... I guess I'm just an old man at heart! A couple months ago I decided to give the LLBS dress pants a try (after previously only having some casual wares) and was really impressed with the quality. IMO, the waist fits TTS and they offer free inseem alterations measured out in quarter inch increments which is great for online purchasing once you get it zeroed in. I liked that 1 pair of pants so much (it was the tropical wool), I've since bought another of those, two pair of flannel pants, a pair of the cords, and a pair of the whip cords which I'm wearing right now... they all fit great. The dress pants aren't as refined as my Brooks Brothers dress pants but the slightly rougher nature of them works great for somebody like me who spends about 50% of his time in an office and the rest out at various job-sites.
I agree that the price for the LLBS line is a bit high and they are indeed stingy with coupons but the stuff that I have that was from when they first launched is still in great shape after more than a years worth of wearing and washing (especially a couple pair of shorts and madras shirts). My only real complaint is that I wish they put some of the same utilitarian thought into their Signature garments as they do their mainline stuff. I have the "1947 Field Coat" and wish that it were available with the full Thinsulate or PrimaLoft liners. Other than that, I love the coat. Also, I have a couple mainline Chamois shirts and a couple of the LLBS ones and the LLBS ones are noticeably lighter so they must be using a slightly lower weight material for it. The only reason I don't stick with the mainline shirts or jackets is that the cut is so much trimmer with the Signature stuff.
Originally Posted by VLSI
I'm sure it's been asked, but how does LLBS compare to LEC? LLBS seems so expensive, and i can get LEC for next to nothing on sale + coupons (just have limited options at that point).
I personally think that the quality of LL Bean Signature is far and away better than the Lands End Canvas in both the materials and the construction. As far as fit goes though, the LLBS stuff fits me fine, but I'd probably be considered a fatso by most on this site... it takes a lot of pizzas and hamburgers to get my body! I can see how some folks prefer the fit of the LEC items though as the few items that I've tried (all various shirts) were cut much slimmer than the LLBS equivalents.