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- American businessman (1872-1967)
L.L. Bean, the venerable Maine-based lifestyle brand founded in 1912 by Leon Leonwood Bean, has never chased trends: its clothes, gear, and home goods are timeless, practical, well made, and do what they promise to do — whether it’s keeping you dry or cool, making you more comfortable, or just making your life easier. The brand’s backpacks, jackets, totes, “wicked good” moccasins, and even dog beds are beloved, for good reason.
Bean’s heavenly flannel sheets and cozy slippers are already winter staples for most families, but the retailer has plenty of stuff that’s just as indispensable for warmer weather. That’s largely due to the thoughtful details you won’t find in cheaper brands: Raincoats have extra vents to keep you cool on rainy hikes, waterproof onesies have elastic wrist and ankle hems to keep babies dry, and beach blankets are weighted so they won’t fly away. It’s no wonder the brand continues to thrive. Here’s what’s worth your money as the weather warms up.
Part hiking backpack, part daily work tote, this multipurpose rucksack has a laptop sleeve, an electronics pocket, and a ventilating back panel, and its roomy main compartment holds a day's worth of supplies.
Spring is calling, and this not-too-preppy seersucker shirt is answering. It's pre-washed for extra softness and is made of cotton seersucker, which is preternaturally cool and breathable.
At first glance, this shirt looks basic. It's not. It's treated with bug repellent and provides sun protection equivalent to UPF 40+.
The last rain jacket you'll ever buy. Underarm vents keep you cool while storm flaps keep you dry, and zippers are specially designed to be easy to use, even with gloves on (lest you wear it while fishing).
Meant for dogs weighing up to 45 pounds, this deluxe sleeper has three bolstered sides for sleeping comfort plus a lowered entrance for easy entries and exits.
These soft-as-butter sheets come in nine colors and get even softer the more you wash them.
This waterproof onesie keeps kids snug and dry. It has zippers, not buttons, for easy diaper changes, and is machine-washable.
This hoodie is durable and the perfect transitional-season weight. It's also UPF 50+ rated, giving kids top-tier sun protection.
The blanket that will keep your family cozy for years to come. It's pill-resistant and machine washable, and is the perfect weight for all four seasons.
This portable wagon has oversize wheels, making it easy to pull over rocks and sand when you're hauling your brood to the beach, and is just as practical for trips to the food co-op.
This beach blanket is waterproof and weighted, so it stays flat even when it gets windy. A cleverly hidden folding board makes it easy to put away.
This classic tote stands on its own and has sturdy handles reinforced to hold up to 500 pounds. Get it monogrammed to make it even classier.
With its slimmer fit and ultra-soft fabric, this is an all-season flannel shirt that elevates its workhorse ancestors.
L.L. Bean Moccasins are a timeless favorite. They're made with authentic sheepskin and shearling and have traction on the bottom, so you can wear them all day, all the time, without slipping and sliding.
The famous moccasins in miniature. They're made with sheepskin and lamb fur, and have solid traction so kids can wear them outdoors.
This cozy down comforter is made with 280-thread-count cotton and ethically sourced down feathers; best of all, you can curl up with it in spring or summer.
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