L. L. Bean
The Man and His CompanyAuthor Jim Witherell ISBN 9780884483298 Binding Trade Paper Publisher Tilbury House Publishers Publication Date July 27, 2011 Size 152 x 229 mm
Because his feet got wet and sore on a hunting trip, L. L. Bean developed his famous boot and founded the mail-order company that would change the sleepy town of Freeport, Maine, into a huge outdoor mall. The story begins with the Bean family, young Leon Leonwood Bean's love of the outdoors, his first forays into sales (soap, men's clothing), and then his development of "the boot" and the beginnings of an outdoors outfitting company that ran on a card file system and resisted change. The story of L.L. Bean, Inc.'s phenomenal growth under grandson Leon Gorman is replete with Preppies, MBAs, infighting, and even parodies of a company that would eventually get its own Zip Code.