The most recent spin cycle is about an alleged called boycott against LL Beans. This alleged boycott is because a Bean family member made a donation to the conservative presidential candidate. The boycott may have been called by GrabYourWallet.com. Here is their current/updated(?) statement on this issue.
L.L. Bean: Take Us Off ‘Grab Your Wallet’ Trump Boycott by Jason Claffey (Augusta Patch) – Note that LL Bean is neither listed as a place to boycott nor a place to shop on this site.
LL Bean, as a company, chooses to remain politically neutral. This alleged boycott was unfair and unnecessary.
Wow, I think. Each citizen enjoys the right to freedom of speech and freedom to choose where to take their wallet or not. LL Bean has been a legendary Maine legacy since 1912. And it is also headquartered in my declared hometown. All of my outdoor gear is sourced there – kayak, backpack, hiking pack, hiking boots, clothing, a backpack tent, the list goes on. There is a 2005 Subaru Forester – The LLBean edition in the garage. The list goes on. The only ‘outdoor’ gear not sourced there would be the 2008 Winnebago Destination Class A RV.
In addition to RV‘ing, we take Angus the LL Bean Moose with us on other travel adventures. These travels include England-Scotland-Wales, Hawaii-4x islands, Alaska, and many other to & fro places & spaces.
LLBean is more than just a place to shop. It’s flagship store and campus of stores is the center of the Freeport, Maine community. LL Bean sponsors many worthy community-centric events.
So, yes, I was a bit miffed about the kerfluffle, so grabbed my wallet and went shopping. As stated above, I have much of what I need so was unsure about what may or may not be bought. The flagship store is also running a sales incentive – spend $100 or more and take 25% off. Game On! Saving while spending is always a great thing. My purchases included a pair of trekking poles and a pathfinder LED cap.
As always, freedom of speech & choice will be honored & respected without the commitment to agree ordisagree.
Here are a few more shots taken in and around the LL Bean flagship store and campus.