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Skinhead two tone setup at @libertyfairs. #freedomhall #libertyfairs

Skinhead two tone setup at @libertyfairs. #freedomhall #libertyfairs

Sure Target, I’ll take some Band of Outsiders cookie cutters for ten dollars.

Sure Target, I’ll take some Band of Outsiders cookie cutters for ten dollars.

Late post: Schott stall at the Pop-Up Flea. This jacket was great: a Hudson Bay blanket pattern x Moto jacket.

Late post: Schott stall at the Pop-Up Flea. This jacket was great: a Hudson Bay blanket pattern x Moto jacket.

574s.

574s.

Focus on: LL Bean Signature Matinicus Rock Crewneck



I love what LL Bean Signature is doing, for the most part. LL Bean is a historic corporation known for their classic northeast outdoors clothes. Think preppy families who love hiking and live in Massachusetts or further north. LL Bean Signature, LL Bean’s more modern imprint does a good job of capturing the feel of pre-1990s LL Bean. The signature line is also a good example of what the main line is not: LL Bean’s usual range of clothing is mass-produced in China and cut wider and fuller (read: for more robust Americans). In the 1970s a LL Bean catalog was a window to a WASP-y northeast outdoors preppy paradise. Now, the LL Bean catalog you get in the mail is more like for everywhere USA’s idea of the outdoors.

With that aesthetic as a contrast, what LL Bean Signature is doing well becomes even more pronounced. Many of their pieces are “heritage” pieces, ones apparently taken directly from LL Bean’s long and historic back catalog and set up with a slimmer, more modern fit. Others seem inspired by that heritage or mix contemporary trends in menswear with their interpretation of that LL Bean history. Some pieces look great. Others, however, don’t, some because of the problem that plagues LL Bean’s regular line: dad-clothes-itis. See: these pants, or, these.

This post is a visual look at one of the items that LL Bean has done well, the Matinicus Rock Crewneck. The other colors apparently come a little dull but this grey patten is vibrant, if grey can be that vibrant. If one sizes down, or at least does so conservatively, these tend to fit close to the body. This sweater is thick and the wool is substantial. It feels and looks ready to go outside in the snow with no coat on. My only quibble is with the neck hem which is rather pronounced and makes smaller heads look even smaller.

LL Bean also made a cardigan version which looks great, perhaps even better than the crewneck.

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While in upstate New York recently for a wedding, we stopped by Wooden Bull Antiques outside Cooperstown. The antique store is located in a giant old barn on sprawling farmland. The parking lot is the front grass yard and hardy antiques are arrayed around the yard itself. Inside the barn every nook and cranny is stuffed with antiques. The roof rises above your head, the walls lined with rows of chairs nailed to the walls in row upon row. Strung between the major floors are more exotic items: a Leonardo DaVinci-style plane and a Wild West wagon.

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During a recent summer weekend we headed up to a wedding in Cooperstown, New York. Cooperstown, as most know, is the home of the Baseball Hall of Fame, but it also contains the Fenimore Art Museum and the adjacent Farmer’s Museum. One large exhibit at the Farmer’s Museum is their Empire State Carousel, a hand carved carousel ride dedicated to the glory of New York, the Empire State.

Pictured in my photoset is the beautiful wood ceiling of the carousel, a painting of Sam Patch of Rochester, and the upper exterior of the carousel. On this exterior are famous New Yorkers and plaques with the names of New York towns. Also pictured is one of the 25 animal seats, the Long Island Duck. Apparently the carousel was manufactured over the course of 20 years in Islip Long Island. The Duck itself is inscribed with the iconic Robert Moses lighthouse, which is also reproduced in our logo, and a map of Long Island, fixed with a blue stone where Islip is.

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A nice item: Gant crewneck.

A nice item: Gant crewneck.