For decades, my family has ordered from them, everything from their classic sheerling lined rubber toed leather boots, to monogramed bookbags, to doggy beds.
However, lately, we've watched their selection of natural goods, fur and shearling to be specific, dwindle to near non-existant, with this year's christmas catalog only offering two selections of real fur products. One shearling slipper, and one rabbit bomber hat.
I called them and asked if they had any real fur, and the woman on the phone informed me that it was not socially acceptable, and that they only offered rabbit with the mad bomber hat because the animal could be raised domestically, eaten and then the fur used. When I said that's what happens with wild caught fur, she explained that I was uninformed and needed to change my outlook on the fur industry.
I was stunned, hurt, almost like I had lost a friend. L.L. Bean, like Eddie Bauer, where I had bought so many of my warm hunting clothes, my father had bought his, and my grandfather had bought his, has suddenly turned against the very people who gave them their start.
I encourange all of you to call, write, what have you to L.L. Bean and ask for REAL AMERICAN WILD FUR to be included in their catalog offerings, or we will NOT Be purchasing from them in the future. This is how PETA gets them to drop their selection of wild fur, by bombarding them with emails and threats of dropping their patronage. But truth be known, they never purchase from L.L. Bean. Let's show them that our great numbers, of ACTUAL PATRONS, can be lost because they do not understand nor appreciate what wild fur really offers.
Pity the Olsen Twins are being bombarded for their excellent fashion taste at this same time...
PO Box 1205
Albany, NY 12201-1205
On their website, you CAN email them through a form. http://www.llbean.com/customerService/c ... popup.html
VP Email address: email@example.com
The sad sad thing is that their own Hunting and Fishing Department hotline had NO IDEA that this was the kind of stuff being said on their main number, and were completely abashed by it. They are really good people at the Hunting and Fishing department, and can you imagine being part of a department where the main number calls you unethical and cruel? VOICE YOUR OPINIONS! Go get 'em!