11
Jan
L.L.Bean bison leather rubber mocc — I picked up “The Official Preppy Handbook” a while back and was rather amused at seeing a list of official “preppy” shoes. The L.L.Bean mocc was among them, but I’ve always found its look quite weird. 
This new mocc though is pretty cool looking. I like the darker tone of the bison leather and the red rubber chain tread sole (apparently, L.L.Bean found this color in their early archives) really sets off the shoe in a different way. 
It still has all the typical good stuff you’ll find from L.L.Bean’s boots: made in Maine, waterproof and weird sizing. It can be yours for $94.

L.L.Bean bison leather rubber mocc — I picked up “The Official Preppy Handbook” a while back and was rather amused at seeing a list of official “preppy” shoes. The L.L.Bean mocc was among them, but I’ve always found its look quite weird. 

This new mocc though is pretty cool looking. I like the darker tone of the bison leather and the red rubber chain tread sole (apparently, L.L.Bean found this color in their early archives) really sets off the shoe in a different way. 

It still has all the typical good stuff you’ll find from L.L.Bean’s boots: made in Maine, waterproof and weird sizing. It can be yours for $94.

05
Dec
11
Nov

It’s on sale: L.L.Bean — About a month ago I bought these two sweaters from L.L.Bean during their last sale, which is also going on right now: 10% off and free shipping with code NOV10.

I’m really pleased with both the Norwegian and the Irish fisherman sweaters. Both are made in their namesake countries and come to $125 on sale. The Norwegian sweater fits a bit more true-to-size than the Irish counterpart. I’m a size 38 chest and went with size small on both. The Norwegian has a good fit, although I wouldn’t call it a skinny fit. The Irish sweater is definitely baggier, however, I don’t mind it enough to return it (and there’s no size extra small anyway). 

I’ve been wearing them during the week while at home, over an OCBD and with jeans. Both of them look great under a Barbour waxed jacket and do a good job of retaining warmth. Some of my most-worn wardrobe items for the season. 

The sale applies to both L.L.Bean mainline and their Signature line, too, ending on Monday. 

08
Oct

It’s on sale: L.L.Bean — Both L.L.Bean mainline and L.L.Bean Signature are on sale with 10% off (and free shipping, as always) through the end of the day. They rarely have sales, so this is probably as cheap as their gear gets until stuff goes on end-of-season clearance. 

Some of my picks:

Norwegian sweater: A design that’s been considered a trad staple. For a while, L.L.Bean’s re-issue of these were being made in China, but they’ve since re-introduced them from Norway again. $125.10 on sale. 

Matinicus Rock chunky-knit cardigan: Made from Shetland wool and chunky knit. Every winter I wear my thick cardigan around the house almost daily and it’s a good way to stay warm. Plus, they’re comfortable in that “old grandpa clothes” sort of way. $116.10 on sale.

Bean Boots: The classic. Be warned: these sell out incredibly fast once winter really hits. If you’re thinking about getting yours, then get them early and on sale. I’ve had mine for several winters now and they’ve been a necessity for dealing with snow muddy slush. $89.10 on sale. 

Ragg-wool socks: These are amazing. I have one pair and they’re some of the thickest socks I’ve ever worn. If you only buy one pair of “keep your toes warm” socks for winter, I’d vouch for a pair of these. $17.05 on sale.

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Feb

I feel like slow clapping that 15% sale L.L. Bean has going on right now. That's so Macy's. Do they ever have bigger sales than that, or is this pretty much how high they ever go?

- Asked by thewackydeli

Other than end-of-season clearance, 15% is the largest sale price I’ve seen from L.L.Bean coupon codes. Usually they do 10%. Upside is that they have free shipping year-round, so I think they choose to offer free shipping all the time rather than random pockets of free shipping and discounts. 

06
Nov
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Oct

L.L.Bean Irish fisherman’s sweaters — I came across these last night while looking something up for a question someone had emailed me and I must say that I’m really struck by these chunky knit sweaters, which are available in crewneck, mockneck and cardigan styles in grey, natural and donegal tweed (pictured, because it’s my favorite) colors.

Now, these are what my brother would probably refer to as “old man clothing”, but I certainly see nothing wrong with that. Just look at how awesome these look and imagine how warm they would be to wear.

The price might be a bit steep for some at $130-$150, but they’re still made in Ireland.

ADDING thisfits replied:

You might want to check out Aran Crafts. Roughly the same price, made in Ireland, trimmer fit. Mockneck measures 2inches smaller in the chest than L.L. Bean. Disclosure: haven’t tried them myself.

Great tip.

10
Oct

Columbus Day sales ending tonight

There’s a bunch of sales going on that are ending tonight (probably around midnight EST) that are worth knowing about. So, in case you missed them, here’s a quick round-up:

  • Lands’ End: Various menswear items are marked down, including their tailored-fit suit jacket and trousers, which puts the price of a full suit at $170. Get free shipping with a $50 purchase using code FALLCOLORS and PIN number 8383.
  • L.L.Bean: Their sale is 10% off all merchandise — including sale and their Signature line. Also, they have free shipping. I’m fairly certain this needed to be activated through their promo e-mail though.
  • Ralph Lauren & Rugby: It’s been discussed before (and thisfits has some recommendations), but you can use RLGIVE2011 and MATCH2011 to get 25% off.
  • Yoox: Not a huge sale, but you get automatic free shipping with a $200 purchase and another 15% off using code vogueweekend@yoox.
  • Brooks Brothers: All of their sweaters are on sale for 25% off.
28
Sep

I'm in the market for some rain/snow boots. I live in North central Indiana, where the weather is very similar to Chicago. I'm leaning towards 8" Bean boots. Any suggestions? If I do get Bean boots, would you advise me to get the ones with a lining or not? If so which one (thinsulate, shearling, wool)?

- Asked by Anonymous

I’m a fan of L.L.Bean Boots, too. I have a pair and they worked wonders last winter. Whether or not you go waxed canvas or leather uppers is to you. I personally went with leather.

For linings, I decided against it. Linings are great for insulation, but so are really thick wool socks (which L.L.Bean also sells). If you go with insulation, just get your regular size. If you decide against it, then size down according to their instructions.

I personally only wore mine for commuting and the occasional shoving of snow, so I was able to get away without lining. If you’ve got a lot of hiking, hunting, walking, etc. planned in them, then maybe the lining wouldn’t be such a terrible idea.

16
Sep
llbeanpr:

Urban Hipster Alert!  Black-on-Black Bean Boot. 

You finally got what you wished for.

llbeanpr:

Urban Hipster Alert!  Black-on-Black Bean Boot. 

You finally got what you wished for.

01
Aug

Thoughts on L.L.Bean Signature fall-winter 2011

The new fall-winter L.L.Bean Signature collection has appeared online today and there’s a few items that look interesting, but also one glaring disappointment.

Negatives first: the suit jackets all still have functioning “surgeon” buttons on the sleeves. I hate to rehash how this makes alterations for sleeve length costly or impossible, but it’s something I was hoping LLBS would have dropped by now. So, I’m not going to go over these items at all.

Still, the one awesome development is the introduction of Goodyear-welted footwear. They have a pair of saddles and captoes, but the most intriguing offering is the captoe military boot. At under $200, it’s a somewhat cheaper alternative to perhaps other more expensive dress boot options. The only downside I can see is the leather sole might be troublesome in ice and rain:

The other thing I’m a fan of are their trouser options. There’s corduroy, whip cord and this wool pair in forest green. I feel like the corduroy and wool pairs, which are both on sale right now, aren’t terribly priced, but they might need tapering for some of you. The whip cord seems priced a bit high, especially when you’re comparing them to what places like Howard Yount offer for about $20 more.

As far as tops go, they do have the expected plaid shirting, but I think the sweaters are much more interesting. This 100-percent lambswool sweater is on sale right now for $40, and I might just pick one up:

14
Apr
Via L.L. Bean’s tumblr, a FW2011 preview for their women’s Signature line.
I don’t usually post womenswear here, but I do want to say that I want that plaid pattern for a men’s sport coat or trousers.

Via L.L. Bean’s tumblr, a FW2011 preview for their women’s Signature line.

I don’t usually post womenswear here, but I do want to say that I want that plaid pattern for a men’s sport coat or trousers.

02
Feb
Took a brief walk outside in the Chicago snow today. Car’s completely snowed in. Street’s unplowed. Still, my snow day was pretty freakin’ awesome.

Took a brief walk outside in the Chicago snow today. Car’s completely snowed in. Street’s unplowed. Still, my snow day was pretty freakin’ awesome.

About The Silentist

A menswear blog on finding your personal style, written by Kiyoshi Martinez.

I work at Khaki's of Carmel and live in the Monterey Bay area. Formerly from Chicago.

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