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Growing up with Bean as a surname, people who thought they were funny often asked me if I knew L.L. Well, I don't. But I do know that the company, founded in 1912, has achieved a reputation as a retailer of quality clothing and outdoor supplies at reasonable prices. For over 100 years, L.L. Bean has been the go-to place for khakis, flannels, outerwear and boots, as well as camping, hunting and fishing equipment. The company's catalog has long been a mainstay for sportsmen, and now all products can be easily purchased on its website, too. Indoor enthusiasts love their cozy down bedding, real Maine maple syrup and furniture selection. And let's face it, those monogrammed tote bags are the height of preppy chicness.