American clothing and outdoor equipment manufacturer LL Bean, is based in America. The company was established in Freeport, Maine in 1912 by Leon Leonwood Bean. It is still headquartered there today. LL Bean is a well-known name in the world boots. It's the original product that launched it all. Bean started as a small business with one product. It was the Maine Hunting Shoe or duck boots. Today, LL Bean employs over 5,000 people and has 55 retail outlets. They also sell their boots and other products around the world. They have come a long ways since their first days in Freeport. But is LL Bean still manufacturing its products in America? We did the digging to find out. Below is our verdict.
Is LL Bean made in the USA?
Partially. LL Bean still makes 425 products in America that can be found in their online shop. However, these 425 products are only a fraction of its entire product line (more than 5,000 product SKUs), so their American-made products make up less than 10% of their total portfolio.
This is not surprising considering the rapid growth of the brand within the apparel industry that has seen many large companies export their production.
LL Bean makes American-made products, including their famous duck boots. Home goods (blankets, chairs, tables, etc.) At 47%, American-made products make up the largest portion. Their American-made product line includes 21% in footwear. Their American-made products are mainly produced in Brunswick, Maine. They also work with other factories in New York, North Carolina and other states.
However, a large portion of their product offerings are made abroad. LL Bean has factories in China Vietnam, India, El Salvador and Mexico.
You can still shop at LL Bean if you want. You can filter your search by product type or other features by visiting this page.