Friday, July 9, 2010

First Look: L.L. Bean Signature F/W 2010

While we had a sneak peak at L.L. Bean Signature's F/W 2010 collection courtesy of a local news video about two months ago, I just got my hands on the full lookbook thanks to Laurie Brooks aka the best in the business.  If you thought S/S 2010 was impressive wait until you see all the gear on tap for the upcoming cold weather.  Alex Carleton really outdid himself with this one for sure.  The collection is pretty rugged, but with all the updates you have come to expect from L.L. Bean's young, but already making waves Signature line.  Highlights range from the snap front camp pants (you might recall these from Michael Bastian's previous collections) to the incredible footwear (featuring old and new silhouettes alike) to outwear (the high point of the collection in my eyes).  The catalog drops August 2nd with the entire collection hitting their webstore on the same day.  I'm over summer already - it's just too damn hot.


-L.A.S

48 comments:

  1. When I think LL Bean I definitely think of a white guy in the south talking like a rapper:

    "You guys know I hit you with that exclusive slick pimp shit whenever I can."

    Come on.

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  2. I want that duck sweater like it's my job. Size small in the bag.

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  3. Anon @12:14- It's good to know I'm not allowed to have fun on my own blog or Twitter anymore. Thanks for reminding me.

    You get the honorary "Can I live?" comment distinction of the day. Congrats and thanks for following/reading!

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  4. @neatstyle agreed. call me crazy but i'm digging the duck sweater.

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  5. aside from that first suit, this collection looks fantastic. love the sweaters. damn, my bank account might be taking a serious hit come august 2

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  6. dont show the tucked in boots to Mr Mort...
    slim wool/chamois shirts though, perfecto.

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  7. no camp mocs?? Im digging the snap front pants and that duck sweater!

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  8. BEST I've seen all year! I say YES to all of it esp http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_0FjPCtl8nPY/TDdHJaFnxlI/AAAAAAAAIno/u6WvH2cLJFQ/s1600/untitled9.bmp

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  9. A lot of really cool looks. Definitely gonna have to drop some cash at LLBS this fall.

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  10. Damn LL... Welcome back to my closet you SOB.

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  11. Wow. I don't think I ever saw L.L. Bean in this light. I think these are quite becoming.

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  12. Sometimes you guys boggle my mind. This stuff, with a couple exceptions, looks REALLY bad. Carleton's job is literally the easiest gig in the world and this is what we get on the back end?

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  13. Be careful Jonathan and Anon - L.A.S is a very sensitive fashion thug. Talk shit on LL Bean, McNairy or Rugby and get bitch slapped! Americana forever tell a friend bitch!

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  14. Anon @2:05- I would love to hear what we'd get on the back end if you had AC's job...

    P. Kicklighter- First off, if that is really your Christian name you parents deserve a pat on the back.

    Secondly, If you come here to TALK SHIT you should expect an e-bitch slap since that is pointless and counterproductive. But if you come here to relay some CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM you are totally fine. This blog encourages discourse and is an open forum/democracy as far as I am concerned.

    And finally, you really think this blog is solely about Americana? I disagree quite a bit...

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  15. The patch pocket tweed coat in photo #5 is on my shopping list. It has a solid British vibe, but with a modern American look. Bean is really going places with their Signature line. For so long they seemed lost between trying to capture the Baby Boomers who have moved on, trying to cut costs and trying to fight Gap, Lands End and others in their space. This line finally says "F You" we know who we are.

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  16. duck sweater, zip up cowichan, cargo pants, and blazer with "military" pocket all look fantastic.

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  17. I think the first NY hipster wearing that duck sweater will need to get slapped.
    That said, I think most of this is spot-on. I will have to save up for the black tweed coat. I am doubtful that those wonderful snap cargo pants will have a fit as shown in the picture. The "signature" pants I bought this spring got sent back to LL; baggy ass, too-wide legs.

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  18. PLEASE GOD I HOPE THEY CARRY TALL SIZES

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  19. Beautiful! I love this collection!

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  20. If I see you in the street with that "two ducks" sweater your getting camp moc'd in your ass!

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  21. I dig the shawl collar Norweigan cardigan. I swear I saw a vintage version of the tan coat in the last photo at the Long Beach Vintage show a few months ago.

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  22. so good, if people don't love this stuff, they're reading the wrong blog.

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  23. You would not see contrast angled plackets and pockets, solid brown and wine colored shirts with pointed collars, and purportedly "natural shoulder" tailored clothing with enormous shoulder pads and 80's era power suit low notches. That's for certain.

    What I would do is comb the old catalogues and run things almost verbatim but substantially updating the fits, not just pulling an inch of each side and two or three from the bottom. Button down collars on great twill tattersalls and chamois shirts. 3/2 roll REAL natural shoulder harris tweed and shetland suits and footwear. LOTS of footwear. Shearling bean boots with wool plaid uppers that match back to linings in slim quilted barn jackets. Cordovan camp mocs.

    and that's just thinking about it for three minutes.

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  24. Everything except the mustard suit is pretty spot on. The duck sweater is killer, and I love the tweed blazer. Is it me, or did they rip the styling straight from J. Crew's catalog?

    Check out my new blog for college aged guys on a budget, I did a quick post on this collection.

    Thanks to Lawrence for posting this.

    www.MensStyle101.blogspot.com

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  25. After sifting through all these posts, I noticed something that no one pointed out: turtlenecks. WE'RE (they're) BACK, BABY! Finding a dope, non-mock turtleneck has been a bit of a hassle recently, and I can't say my wardrobe currently contains one. Red turtleneck + chambray = what I'm wearing this fall.

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  26. Please tell me that first pic is corduroy - I've been looking for an affordable mustard corduroy suit for ages, and if it's cut anything like the current cotton suits, it'll fit me well. Perfect for acting out those Wes Anderson fantasies.

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  27. That corduroy suit is awesome. So Paper Chase.

    I'm a little off put though by the button stance on the patch-pocket tweed... if it was a Norfolk back I might reconsider.

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  28. Any idea where I can find a look book for women for the LL Bean Signature F/W line?

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  29. I GUARANTEE that duck sweater will be an instant classic.

    Hope the fit this winter is a little more "tailored" for us slim guys.

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  30. wait is this stuff new?

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  31. This stuff looks like Patrick Ervell

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  32. Duck sweater. Period.

    All in all, I really like this - not too 'fashion forward'; It still looks like LL Bean.

    Great work, LAS.

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  33. Those blaze orange pants hurt my eyes....and I think I need them. I like how Anon up there thinks that he's really creative and has come up with great ideas. Archival research and lots of footwear?! 3/2 roll AND natural shoulders?! How has no one thought of any of that before????? Someone hire that anonymous man! Any idea how much this stuff is gonna cost? I'm all for LL Bean stepping it up style-wise, but not if they're gonna jack up the prices.

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  34. By the way, check this blogger's opinion on Signature.

    http://thedailyprep.blogspot.com/search/label/L.L.%20Bean

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  35. @LA Underhill - you can find the women's here: http://neaststyle.wordpress.com/2010/07/10/womens-l-l-bean-signature-fw-2010/

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  36. Memphis - that was my point man. Most of this stuff is no brainer but Carleton didn't do it. Instead, he overdesigned when it was unnecessary (the bias cut plackets and pockets) and lacked imagination where he could have had a lot of fun (endless footwear opportunities).

    As for my employment, I'm all set man and chances are you probably own something that my questioned creativity had a hand in.

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  37. My favorite look is the one above the duck sweater for the pop of color and good layering. The duck sweater is pretty solid too.

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  38. Daiki Suzuki should sign a contract with LL Bean and design their stuff. That would be heaven

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  39. Corduroy suit? Mine. The pants in the later photos (with the two thigh pockets) are a rip off from Woolrich WM.

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  40. There seems to be a consensus among the 40 and under crowd that Signature is (if I'm allowed an exclamation from the 70s) "the cat's ass."

    Oddly enough, there was a joke with the punch line, "Hey Jack, grease up the cat's ass - we got another cheap one." This is cheap stuff. Make no mistake.

    There's a retro cachet that Bean's trying to hit but if you ever experienced this stuff back in the 70s and 80s, you'd be hard pressed to call it quality and you'd be flat out confused by the aesthetic.

    The quality is not there. The soul is not there. And yet they're sitting on a treasure trove of archives. If LL Bean was an undertaker - people would stop dying.

    They're in a whore house with their pants down and they don't know what to do. (can I infuse this with anymore gramp's sayings? Probably)
    Why they don't just return to the quality they had and the simpleness of the tradition is lost on me. It probably has something to do with Leon's 33 1/2 % profit margin. He was happy with that. What a fool. Or was he?

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  41. when do you suppose they'll start making LLB Sig for tall people? i'm waiting on their jackets in long sizes.

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  42. Anon,

    I get what you're saying. Carleton might've gone overboard in trying to inject more style into the Signature stuff in order to make it stand out from the regular Bean offerings. Now you've got me curious about who you are and where you work. I also wanna see these archives you and tintin are talking about. My initial comment towards you was unnecessary and I apologize for that.

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  43. any leads on that big waxed canvas bag homeboy is holding?

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  44. If you live in the five boroughs and wear this collection you're screaming "wannabe".

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  45. This will work so well for the Wisconsin winter! Can't wait to get some of this stuff.

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  46. Looking forward to some tweed jackets.

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