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L.L. Bean’s Iconic Tote

L.L. Bean Tote.

Photo: Nigel Cox

What started out as a utilitarian bag designed to lug ice has become, in the course of its 65-year history, a standard-bearer for the American summer getaway. L.L. Bean’s water-resistant cotton canvas Boat and Tote carryalls are still stitched, one at a time, in a small factory near the original store’s location in Freeport, Maine. The design of this sturdy classic for the flotsam and jetsam of outdoor life—deck shoes; snorkel masks; tent poles; pet toys; bicycle helmets—remains unchanged, but now the handles and the preppy monogram come in colors like deep fuchsia and mango. The mini version doubles as a purse, and in a pinch, the larger tote can even haul the essentials for a Down East clambake.

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