L.L.Bean, Inc. is a leading multichannel merchant of quality outdoor gear and apparel. Founded in 1912 by Leon Leonwood Bean, the company began as a one-room operation selling a single product, the Maine Hunting Shoe. Still family owned, Shawn Gorman, great grandson of Leon Leonwood Bean, was named Chairman of the Board of Directors in 2013.
A pioneer in mail order and then online sales in America, the outdoor clothing brand offers direct sales to over 200 countries through its global website, it also operates 40 retail stores in 17 states across the United States, along with 27 stores in Japan. However, until now it has not had any physical presence in the UK.