The quality of materials seems to be superior overall. LEC works mainly with cotton or poly blends with a little bit of cotton or wool for advertising's sake. You'll pay for this difference in quality, obviously.
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.)
Absolutely. I noticed that, too, just glancing through their line. That's what I like about LEC: lots of great colors that pop! The quality of fabrics may not be first rate, but as functional clothes that look good, fit well and don't cost a mint, LEC has done wonders. Mainly in the shirts though, lol.
Wanted to add an endorsement for the LLB Sig. rigid denim. Got a pair for a bit over $50 with a coupon, and I'm quite happy with them so far. The fit is very much like the APC New Standard, and the denim's a bit lighter, but not lightweight by any means. Color is good, detailing subdued, and the pockets are deep enough to be usable. I wear a 31 in NS and got a 32 in these, fit's good.
I was thinking of heading up to Rogue's Gallery in the next couple of weeks ... Any recommendations for other shops I should stop by in the area? Food even?
For food Fore St is amazing sit down type atmosphere, menu changes daily. DuckFat is a great more relaxed type, gotta get the poutine and the charcuterie plate. Gorgeous Gelato is a great little place also.
For stores Portland Dry Goods and the Barbour Store are pretty nifty. Rabelais is a great cook-book book store, though they may have moved they were talking about it last time I was there.