\I'll confess to not being as well versed in the offerings of these companies as others here. I'm 29 and I'm still buying the ~$20 must-iron OCBDs that I bought from LE in high school, but I'm sure there are many items that have been discontinued over the years. I appreciate what you're saying, but I would never expect giant companies like LE or LLB to operate like Russell Moccasin and never change anything over 100 years.
They were the really cheap ones from the front of the latest spring catalogue, $29.99 or somehting.
I can't say that I sympathize with the critical tone. It's not like LE or LLB are scrapping their regular offerings
That price sounds right and that is the new model - must be them. I didn't realize the cloth weight was the same as Bills. Anyway, Bean bolts their clothing together as good (or better) than anyone. Folks might lament the demise of their favourite model from 1984, but the fact is that you can spend a lot more and get less than with Bean.Cardinals5 said:DD - does this look like the model your Dad purchased?
They're the 1912 Chinos, Natural Fit, in 8.5 oz cloth (Bills Originals are also 8.5oz), straight-leg, flat front. These look promising for $29.50.
Okay, I just purchased a pair of the above 1912 Chinos (only long lengths available, which is fine since I'll add a beefy cuff) and I'll write a review when I receive them. If they're nearly as good as Bills this would be a great price.
Those may have been "prior" items but they probably weren't "popular" items. If customers had been buying said items in great quantities, Bean - which is after all a commercial business operation - would have kept those items in their catalogue. Poor sales will kill a product faster than anything. It's not 1984 anymore. Tastes change, even if they don't around here, and companies have to change with them. Unless you'd like to pay Alden prices (and price increases) for your Bean gear?Mazama said:As 127.72 MHz correctly notes LOTS of prior offerings have been purged from the LL Bean catalog.
The heritage tote looks pretty good. I wonder if its made in the USA. At that price I'd certainly hope so. (Just followed the link: 'Imported'--this seems to defeat the purpose of exploiting the Americana trend *sigh*).
Like most anything else you'll be able to raid the offerings for a few good pieces