L.L. Bean's Ugly Duck Boots: Suddenly Hip, and Sold Out for WinterBy
L.L. Bean, the Freeport, Maine-based clothing and camping company, has been making its signature leather-and-rubber Bean “Duck” Boots by hand for the past 102 years. It sells about 100,000 pairs of them annually, mostly to “loggers and farmers—the kind of folks who’re outside a lot,” says Mac McKeever, L.L. Bean’s spokesperson. “People in cities, not so much.” Or, at least, that’s how it used to be. This winter, the boots are so popular among urbanites that the company can’t keep them in stock.
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