Visible Influence: Bean Boots, Backpacks, Outdoor Style

When it comes to outdoor style, L.L. Bean dressed countless American men. While his single-biggest contribution to menswear is the Bean Boot (generically known as the "duck boot" to peasants), a silhouette that gets whipped out every winter across the Eastern Seaboard, his designs also influenced a lot of the modern outdoor-inspired workwear and outerwear brands around today. And every other kid had one of those monogrammed backpacks growing up, while no self-respecting prep doesn't have at least one boat-and-tote bag.