L.L. Bean was founded in 1912 by Leon Leonwood Bean who was an avid fisherman and hunter. He began the business out of the basement of his brother’s apparel shop with an innovative boot, the Maine Hunting Shoe. The company continued to expand their inventory and by 1934, L.L. Bean had 13,000 square foot factory. The majority of their sales were from the catalog orders, and in 1937, their sales surpassed $1 million and today, they have over 22 retail stores throughout the United States.
L.L. Bean values their customers by providing free shipping and they also value their employees and the environment. They have many awards including, named the best place to work in Maine, Appalachian Trail Conservancy's Leaders in Conservation Award, ranked number 1 Bloomberg BusinessWeek Customer Service Champs, ranked number 1 outdoor outfitter plus many Stella Service Awards.
What makes L.L.Bean unique?
L.L. Bean offers free shipping all of the time on all orders without a minimum order. They are still located where they began, in Freeport, Maine in a store that has been open every day since 1951.