L.L.Bean is getting back to its roots and mining its archives for its next limited-edition drop.
On Monday, the heritage American outdoor lifestyle brand released a capsule collection sure to awaken feelings of nostalgia for anyone who grew up in the ‘90s.
Harkening back to an era where swishy windbreakers and jewel tones reigned supreme, the Archive Re-issue was primarily inspired by the brand’s iconic 1991 All-Sports Anorak.
The pullover style features a loose and light fit with a cinched waist detail, mock-neck zippered collar and kangaroo pockets. In bright pink and purple or black and teal, the gear—complemented by matching bucket hats and totes—is sure to play upon shoppers’ burgeoning love for vintage pieces. Piper Sandler reported last month that Gen Z shoppers—many of whom did not experience the ’90s firsthand—are loving the era’s fashion staples, and attempting to revive the looks with a modern twist.
Available on the brand’s website and at its Freeport, Maine flagship, the limited line of 1,700 anoraks, 750 bucket hats and 750 totes also boasts the sustainable benefit of being upcycled. The garments were crafted using nearly 8,000 yards of surplus outerwear fabric in retro color ways, L.L.Bean said.
“This collection is completely unique to L.L.Bean—a revival of one of our most iconic 90s jackets, recreated using excess fabric to eliminate waste,” Amy Yeo, the brand’s senior product designer, added in a statement. According to Yeo, who was integral to bringing the line to life, the “fun matching kit” is “full of nostalgia” and represents an aesthetic that is “completely now in fashion.”