We’ve bemoaned, many a time on these pages, L.L. Bean’s squandering of its once proud legacy. L.L. Bean was one of the pioneers in the creation of a uniquely American look, but virtually everything it sells is now produced overseas, in largely unsavory locations beset by labor, environmental and human rights abuses.
This is why, when we encounter vintage made in the USA L.L. Bean clothing in thrift stores, our hearts quiver with nostalgia. A few days back, we picked up this chamois cloth shirt. It will be perfect for Frannie as she braves Virginia autumn and winter, ideal for layering over an oxford or turtleneck.
As the Official Preppy Handbook once opined: “The casual wardrobe should include some L.L. Bean chamois shirts–the cotton flannel that gets better with each washing.” While we can no longer endorse this position, given that the shirts are no longer manufactured domestically, we can heartily recommend picking up one of the old made in the USA models if you happen upon one.