Location: Unique Thrift Store, 218 W. 231st Street, Riverdale, NY. Finding an L.L. Bean field coat in a thrift store today was a first for me. Its saddle color and distinctive green corduroy collar and cuffs stood out among all of the other coats I had been perusing on the rack. This is the sort of coat you wear while hunting with your golden retriever.
This coat was a large/tall men’s version with a 100% cotton shell and a 100% cotton plaid lining. It was marked at $24.99. With Monday being a sale day, I could have gotten 25% off and walked away with this item for $18.75. (Retail = $99.00. The savings would have been $80.25). However, I already own a Bean field coat, which has held up well for years now. Moreover, the size was not quite right. A large large would have been fine, but the tall part of the size would have made it a bit too long for me. I’m a regular.
It is worth noting that this is an older field coat (perhaps 10 years old or more, I’d estimate). The label shows that it was made in Freeport, Maine, which is where Bean is located and where all of their goods were made until they were outsourced overseas. I think most of the field coats are now made in Thailand.
The following is the summary of the Bean field coat from the company’s website:
Often Imitated—Never Duplicated®
Our Original Field Coat has set the standard for quality and craftsmanship since 1924. Originally designed for hunting, it’s built to withstand the briars and branches of the thick Maine woods. Made of best-grade two-ply 10 oz. cotton canvas, washed to feel broken-in and treated to repel moisture and stains.
Underarm gussets and bi-swing shoulders let you move and reach with ease. Sewn-in lining: cotton in body, nylon in sleeves. Five pockets with enough room to carry a day’s essentials. Collar and cuffs are 100% cotton 16-whale corduroy. Imported. Machine wash and dry.
Fit Large back length 33″. Fits over a midweight sweater.
Bean does make another version of this coat for winter that includes a detachable PrimaLoft liner. The price point is a good bit higher at $149.00 to $159.00.