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Old 01-08-2008, 07:12 PM
 
Location: Maine
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Well, I'm suprised! Dh just told me that the jeans I ordered him from Bean for Christmas were made in Mexico. I was a little disappointed.

They are great jeans, wonderful style and fit, but how crazy is that? And here I thought they were a Maine original. I don't know why I'm surprised that even a Maine institution such as Bean is outsourcing out of country. Don't most of the big ones these days?
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Old 01-08-2008, 07:30 PM
 
Location: on a dirt road in Waitsfield,Vermont
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Bean makes alot of their stuff in Maine in a factory in Brunswick but as you found out, not everything. It's been this way for years.
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Old 01-08-2008, 07:40 PM
 
Location: Arlington Virginia
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... I don't know why I'm surprised that even a Maine institution such as Bean is outsourcing out of country. Don't most of the big ones these days?
That's a coincedince, I just finished sewing on a couple of buttons. And when going in the sewing box, I saw the extra yarn sample that came with one of my wonderful Woolrich sweaters that I got at their factory store in Woolrich Pennsylvania in the early 90's. And I wondered if their products were still made there or made in China like so many other things. Sadly, a web search reveals that yes, Woolrich clothes are made in China.

Kinda like "Rockport" shoes, and so many other things. So sad...
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Old 01-08-2008, 08:59 PM
 
Location: Northern Maine
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I bought an LL Bean Goretex parka for Christmas. It was made in Bangladesh.
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Old 01-08-2008, 09:10 PM
 
Location: Log "cabin" west of Bangor
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I bought an LL Bean Goretex parka for Christmas. It was made in Bangladesh.
Shearling slipper mocs- China.
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Old 01-08-2008, 09:27 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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For years I have seen the Bean catalogs. I thought they were just another of the mail-order hosues.

It had not occured to me that Bean clothing was thought of as made in Maine.

I have been in the outlet in Ellsworth.

Was their products at one time made in Maine?

Or is 'Maine-ness' just their gimmick?
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Old 01-08-2008, 09:37 PM
 
Location: Maryland not Murlin
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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.
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Old 01-08-2008, 09:38 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Not sure if Bean was ever 100% made in Maine, but their products were originally designed for Mainers.
At those prices?
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Old 01-08-2008, 11:33 PM
 
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I bought an LL Bean Goretex parka for Christmas. It was made in Bangladesh.

Due to their own experiences with cold weather, Bangladeshis are noted experts in the parka field.
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Old 01-09-2008, 05:19 AM
 
Location: God's Country, Maine
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L L Bean gets their stuff wherever they can, just like everyone else. Welcome to the 21st century economy!

Most Mainers don't shop at Beans for anything more than pack boots and the occasional gift.
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