Playing up the rich history and heritage of a brand is one of the biggest driving forces in menswear, so much so that the new guys in the field are cleverly creating history without history. Brand new leather jackets purposefully frayed and shown next to black and white pictures of iconic movie stars, logos evoking craftsmanship, dubious connections to mills long since closed. But while the movement has captured the imaginations of urban lumberjacks from Williamsburg to St. Paul, if you truly want the real thing and appreciate the originals, look no further than America’s first iconic outdoor retailer, L.L. Bean, founded in 1912. In 2010 they launched their Signature collection with talented designer Alex Carleton at the helm, combining their vast archives with an updated, modern fit more in line with today’s marketplace. For the fall and winter season, the collection has never been stronger, with each piece inspiring us to grab the fishing pole, dog leash, or rifle, and head outdoors.

Here are the best items from the collection: Quilted Hunting Vest, $79. The deep pockets are designed for carrying shotgun shells and give this vest a heartier look. Maine Hunting Shoe, $119. First introduced in 1912, the lower 6″ profile adds a go-anywhere versatility. Matinicus Rock Sweater, $89. Named after the rugged granite lighthouse 18 miles off the Maine coast, made of Shetland wool with a birds eye pattern. And finally, the Waxed Canvas Backpack, $225. Rugged and durable with leather details, made with the same canvas used on your beloved Bean boots.

The United States Lighthouse Service erected a pair of wooden light towers and a cobblestone keeper’s residence on Matinicus Rock in 1827:


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