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Old 01-09-2008, 05:48 AM
 
Location: on a dirt road in Waitsfield,Vermont
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I bought an LL Bean Goretex parka for Christmas. It was made in Bangladesh.
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Due to their own experiences with cold weather, Bangladeshis are noted experts in the parka field.
Gortex is for rain not cold and I think those folks in Bangladesh are experts in that.

Seriously tho, if you guys know of a jeans manufacturer in the USA that makes price effective clothes I am sure Beans would love to know about it. Would you be willing to pay $75 for jeans?

On a side issue Cabela's is going to be building a huge store in Scarborough this spring and Beans will be starting their huge expansion in Freeport.

My wife will be finishing her 27th season at Beans next week, I worked for 5 years in the packing/shipping center. Great company to work for.
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Old 01-09-2008, 06:20 AM
 
Location: Chaos Central
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Pretty much all shoes, and most clothing items are made outside of the country. I worked at Bean for a few weeks over the Holiday shipping out orders. Most stuff was made in China.
Not sure if Bean was ever 100% made in Maine, but their products were originally designed for Mainers.
The official company history is here:
L.L.Bean: Company Information: Background

Just this summer I read an article about the history of shoe factories in Maine. Unfortunately I can't remember where I saw it, but there must be lots of info online. Dexter, Bass, all of them now sell non-US products. They've been driven out of business by overseas competition.

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Old 01-09-2008, 06:37 AM
 
Location: York Village, Maine
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Never really could afford too much at Bean's. But, thier boots are a MUST HAVE. Then, I am a Mainer from birth and will be back in a couple months now, but I do still have the boots and they are the best.
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Old 01-09-2008, 06:50 AM
 
Location: Maine
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I've been told of a woman who is still wearing a pair of boots from about 25 years ago - resoled once. Now that's a good pair of boots!
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Old 01-09-2008, 07:03 AM
 
Location: York Village, Maine
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I've been told of a woman who is still wearing a pair of boots from about 25 years ago - resoled once. Now that's a good pair of boots!
When I was back in Maine 4 years ago (2003) my mom was still wearing the ones she got when I was only 15. "That's 38 year old boots. But, the point is (besides I am much older than I feel) They are REALLY great boots and warmer than anything going.
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Old 01-09-2008, 07:07 AM
 
Location: Maine
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Wonder if they're made in Mexico. Do most people buy those with the rubber over the top of the foot? They remind me of a duck bill.
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Old 01-09-2008, 07:13 AM
 
Location: York Village, Maine
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Wonder if they're made in Mexico. Do most people buy those with the rubber over the top of the foot? They remind me of a duck bill.
That's what I have and we always called them "Ducks". Don't know if they still call them that or not. I have been gone too long. I will be so glad when April gets here and we are on our way home.
I will check if they are made in Mexico...I live in Florida now, so they are packed away.
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Old 01-09-2008, 07:16 AM
 
Location: York Village, Maine
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El, I just dug them out and checked. Mine say "Maine hunting shoe" on the back and on the bottom it says "MADE IN MAINE" YEAH!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 01-09-2008, 07:39 AM
 
Location: Carefree, AZ
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Gortex is for rain not cold and I think those folks in Bangladesh are experts in that.

Seriously tho, if you guys know of a jeans manufacturer in the USA that makes price effective clothes I am sure Beans would love to know about it. Would you be willing to pay $75 for jeans?

On a side issue Cabela's is going to be building a huge store in Scarborough this spring and Beans will be starting their huge expansion in Freeport.

My wife will be finishing her 27th season at Beans next week, I worked for 5 years in the packing/shipping center. Great company to work for.
My husband was trying to get on with Bean in the shipping department but didn't get the job. He worked for GORE for 11 years in Flagstaff in the shipping dept. We just thought not living in Maine yet was probably a factor.
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Old 01-09-2008, 09:05 AM
 
Location: on a dirt road in Waitsfield,Vermont
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I believe the LL Bean boots, I have several, are still made in the LL Bean factory up in Brunswick.

About 6 years ago many thought LL Bean had lost it way. Bean felt the comp was now the Land's End, Eddie Bauer's of the world so they started focusing more on clothes rather than what got them where they where....hunting and fishing. They even converted the Hunting and Fishing store(separate building) to kid's clothes. Fortunately after a couple of year smarter heads prevailed and they switched it back.

I believe starting this spring Beans will be embarking on a major expansion in the area where the current Outlet Store is.
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