- Associated Press - Thursday, May 10, 2018

FREEPORT, Maine (AP) - While L.L. Bean has seen flat sales in the U.S., the Maine-based company is rapidly growing overseas due to Japanese fashion trends.

Company managing director of Japan and Asia Pacific Zane Shatzer tells the Bangor Daily News Japan has trends such as the “yama” or “mountain” girl, who hikes on weekends.

There is also the “oji” or “cute old grandpa” trend, where he says girls wear vintage men’s clothing such as Bean Boots.

Shatzer declined to give exact revenue, or share what percentage of business comes from Japan sales.

He says the company is investing in new stores in Japan as well as customized e-commerce systems.

There are currently 27 stores in Japan, and two more are scheduled to open this year.


Information from: Bangor Daily News, http://www.bangordailynews.com

Sign up for Daily Newsletters

Copyright © 2019 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide