L.L.Bean Partners with Flowfold to Introduce Made in USA Backpack

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Starting August 2017, customers will be able to purchase the Made in America backpack at L.L.Bean

Portland, ME - August 29, 2017

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Flowfold, a outdoor retail brand focused on minimalist gear for everyday adventures, is proud to announce a partnership with L.L.Bean to increase their Made in America product offerings. The two Maine companies have come together to offer L.L.Bean customers a Made in America backpack, which will be the only domestic option currently available at L.L.Bean. Sharing a passion for quality craftsmanship and performance materials, Flowfold and L.L.Bean continue to expand on their line of American made products available at L.L.Bean’s flagship store in Freeport, Maine and online at www.llbean.com.

L.L.Bean, known for their iconic Boat and Tote and The Original L.L.Bean Boot, is no stranger to domestic manufacturing with the Bean Boot being made in Maine since 1912. Flowfold, founded in Maine 98 years later, has been making their products domestically since they were established in 2010. The addition of the new Flowfold Denizen Tote Backpack to the L.L. Bean offering is a signal that the appetite for high quality, Made in America products is still growing.

“To us, domestic manufacturing is about quality and environmental responsibility.” James Morin, COO of Flowfold says. “We can ensure excellence in quality and attention to detail when our products are made locally while also reducing our carbon footprint by not transporting finished goods across the world.” Made in USA is part of Flowfold’s brand ethos, something that L.L.Bean understands well.

“Flowfold is an exciting young company that shares many of the core values we believe in here at L.L.Bean” Curt Nichols, Corporate Merchandise Manager at L.L.Bean says. “While L.L.Bean is a global company, Made in the USA has been part of our heritage for over 100 years. We’re one of the last multi-channel U.S. Merchants to still own and operate a U.S. manufacturing facility and are excited to support other domestic manufacturers like Flowfold.”

The Tote Backpack will be available starting in August and sell for $119. They will come in 3 different colors including an exclusive L.L.Bean Olive Green option.

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About Flowfold

Flowfold builds minimalist gear for everyday adventures. Drawing on the legacy of Maine craftsmanship, Flowfold pairs carefully refined techniques with innovative materials and designs. The design philosophy stems from an incredible respect and admiration for the outdoors and Flowfold’s company values are focused on reducing their overall impact on the environment. Every item is made in the USA using some of the world’s strongest and lightest fabrics and all core products are backed with a lifetime guarantee. Flowfold can be found at www.flowfold.com, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Story highlighted in a Fox News, Made in America feature April 2016.

About L.L.Bean, Inc.

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. While its business has grown over the years, L.L.Bean continues to uphold the values of its founder, including his dedication to quality, customer service and a love of the outdoors. L.L.Bean products are rigorously tested, guaranteed to last, and always shipped free. In the past five years, L.L.Bean has donated over $6 million toward conservation and land stewardship. The 220,000 sq. ft. L.L.Bean retail store campus in Freeport, ME, is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and welcomes more than 3 million visitors every year. L.L.Bean can be found worldwide at http://www.llbean.com, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, Google+ and Instagram.

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