RCS Archives: The Bean Norwegian Sweater (Thanks, Skip)

Skip posted this earlier, and it reminded me of a Red Clay Soul post on the same topic.

He said it best: “It would be years before LL Bean’s Norwegian became the holy grail for me (after reading The Official Preppy Handbook in college) but the reproduction of the sweater 10 years after I took that picture only speaks to the timelessness of the classic pattern.”

This is my collection. With the recent weather down here, they are getting quite a bit of wear. I couldn’t find any action shots, but I know I was wearing the Navy blue one when I took this picture:

Sure, you can find these new – the Navy version, the cream version, and the red version. If you don’t want to pay that amount, they are readily available on Ebay. Remember – these are built like a tank, so they are going to last for the long haul.



  1. Main Line Sportsman
    01/13/2011 / 10:47 PM

    I had one in College… the Blue…was a favorite…some young lady relieved me of it one morning when I was unaware….

  2. PinkPolkadotAA
    01/13/2011 / 10:56 PM

    Always the best sweater to "borrow" from a boyfriend 🙂

  3. DAM
    01/13/2011 / 11:33 PM

    I am en route to Montreal for a Bachelor Party where the daily highs are 12 – that's degrees not the number of beers needed to stay warm – anywho, my vintage Norwegian is packed in my Patagonia MLC along with the Ropers and flannel lined Mountain Khakis.

    Winter Workhorse.

  4. Silk Regimental
    01/14/2011 / 12:16 AM

    The Navy and Red are my favorites… they look great – and I'll bet they do the job!

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