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post #871 of 949
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Originally Posted by JosiahS View Post


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

Signature works too.

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).
post #872 of 949
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Originally Posted by VLSI View Post


Signature works too.

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).

Fit may actually be worse, but the quality on most items blows Canvas out of the water IMO. I'm 6'3", so I have to size up to a L to get the proper sleeve lengths for most shirts and then have the body taken in via my tailor.
post #873 of 949
Well they went and sold out of the Charcoal Heather Tweed Blazer in a 36. http://www.llbean.com/llbeansignature/llb/shop/65097?subrnd=1&parentCategory=505931&feat=505931-sigtn&cat4=505930&productId=1109240&attrValue_0=Charcoal%20Heather

Anyone have it and consider it too small for them, maybe wanna sell it off? Alternatively, any one able to report on the size? Chances are I'd like to wear a sweater with it. I have the twill blazer in a 36, and I don't think a sweater is gonna fit under that--any one have both and able to report on differences?
post #874 of 949
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Originally Posted by VLSI View Post


Signature works too.

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 think it's accurate to say, at least for me, that LEC fit is much better, fabric quality is equal; i have an LEC shirt that fits like BoO (well, almost).

but LEC is considerably cheaper given that you can find 30% off codes every week for Lands End.

BUT...LEC is more grandpa/suburban dad styling imo.
post #875 of 949
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Originally Posted by VLSI View Post

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).
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Originally Posted by Peter1 View Post


I think it's accurate to say, at least for me, that LEC fit is much better, fabric quality is equal; i have an LEC shirt that fits like BoO (well, almost).

but LEC is considerably cheaper given that you can find 30% off codes every week for Lands End.

BUT...LEC is more grandpa/suburban dad styling imo.

Fit is subjective, but for the skinny fashionheads who populate this site, it is safe to say LL Bean Signature is too boxy across the board. Whereas LEC actually does fit slim, LLBS's fit is somewhere between that and the blousy classic fit of regular LL Bean clothes. From what I've seen, LLBS's quality is higher in terms of materials, buttons, and stitching; the price is also accordingly higher.

The design is different too. If you like J.Crew (preppy with hints of Americana) then you will like LEC. If you like the outdoorsy look of Pendleton and uh, LL Bean, but with more polish, you'll like LLBS.
post #876 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'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.
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Originally Posted by VLSI View Post

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.
post #877 of 949
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Originally Posted by hastur View Post

I picked up the crepe sole mocs for $100 shipped and they're really really freakin' nice for the price. Honestly shocked they're this nice for only $100. I plan on wearing them without socks and I'm normally a 10 in nikes or sperrys, but sized down to a 9 1/2. Fit is really good, bit snug on my right foot (10) and perfect on my left (half size smaller, 9 1/2 on brannock device), but the right quickly stretched out to a comfortable fit with no slippage or anything of the sort. I think TTS or 1/2 size down could work for anyone.I definitely recommend these for anyone on the fence about them.edit; picture

+1 on this...not quite yuketen or quoddy, but damn close. Just picked a pair up myself. If you want but cant afford the big boys, find a coupon and with free shipping these babies will set you back about $100. Well worth it. Comfy, fit TTS and the leather is pretty nice. JT
post #878 of 949
New releases up on the site. Nothing strikes as me as desirable, even in a "I can't wait until this goes on sale!" kind of way. Curious to hear how others feel; I'm not one to take chances with outerwear.

http://www.llbean.com/llbeansignature/llb/shop/508733?page=new&subrnd=1&nav=sigsn-20
post #879 of 949
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Originally Posted by mmmmpay View Post

New releases up on the site. Nothing strikes as me as desirable, even in a "I can't wait until this goes on sale!" kind of way. Curious to hear how others feel; I'm not one to take chances with outerwear.
http://www.llbean.com/llbeansignature/llb/shop/508733?page=new&subrnd=1&nav=sigsn-20

The San Rocco boot looks nice but for $375, I'd rather have Merrells and $100 in my pocket. I'd like that Arrowsic parka if it were 5" shorter. the version with the stripes is a McNairy WWM ripoff. So overall, I agree with you.
post #880 of 949
Other than a new color for the chamois shirt (which is excellent), nothing much to see here. They need to step it up.
post #881 of 949
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Originally Posted by bl@ster View Post

Other than a new color for the chamois shirt (which is excellent), nothing much to see here. They need to step it up.

Agreed. I did order a chamois, but everything else isn't doing it for me.
post #882 of 949
A coupon is long overdue.
post #883 of 949
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Originally Posted by erockisalive View Post

Agreed. I did order a chamois, but everything else isn't doing it for me.

I just feel like LLBS has 20 versions of plaid shirts and 15 versions of straight-leg chino trousers. I still say the colors are too muddy. Old LLB gear was more vibrant -- think Norwegian sweaters, blackwatch tartans, bright red chamois shirts.

(Note to LLBS: If Alex Carleton brings back the straight-collar blackwatch tartan flannel in a slim fit WITH THE SAME QUALITY I will buy 10 of them.)
post #884 of 949
I revisited the L.L. Bean Signature line after being disappointed after my initial experience with them and I'm surprised this time. Either they've worked on the fit or maybe I tried out the wrong items. Nonetheless, bought some shirts and harrington canvas jacket on clearance and I'm very impressed with the fit and quality of the shirts. They fit very nice and the quality is much superior to Lands' End Canvas (I still like LEC as well!). So, if you guys haven't tried it after your initial experience, give it another shot and find out.

P.S. Some nice prices on the Signature shirts on L.L. Bean regular sales section. Limited sizes available.
post #885 of 949
MATINICUS ROCK CARDIGAN


^ Is this shit any itchy-er then your typical wool sweater/cardy?
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