|Here is something rarely copied from the L.L. Bean archives.|
I suspect that the various newspapers will run stories on Leon Gorman's record. I will be genuinely curious if any reporters decide to dig beyond the PR press releases and consider the changes that have happened to the American clothing industry during, and in part driven by, his tenure.
However, any facts contained in this comment section may help some overworked and underpaid reporter on a tight deadline.
While Shawn Gorman will no doubt receive a lot of advice, he could do worse than add Is L.L. Bean on the right track? to his reading list.
- Bangor Daily News (Repurposed press release?) : http://bangordailynews.com/2013/05/20/business/leon-gorman-l-l-beans-leader-for-45-years-steps-down-as-chairman/
|Some of our Bean's items from about 40 years ago. How many companies produced clothes in the 1970's that are still wearable today?|
Dave T asked in the comments section what kind of jacket was in the photo above. It is their Warden Jacket, and we all had one in my family. So I have added a few photographs.
Below is a photograph of my mother in the late 70s in Damariscotta in hers, along with her sailboat wrap around skirt and her Jacques Cohen espadrilles.
Below are two photographs of my father in his, in Kenya, along with his chukka boots from Barrie (which was adjacent to the J. Press store in New Haven).