LL Bean is set to reintroduce its older Norwegian fisherman’s sweater within a few weeks, and I’m sure that the Americana crowd in NYC will be sporting them not long after. If you purchase one, please only do it because you like the sweater and not because it’s some supposed Ivy League icon (it wasn’t even popular until the Preppy Handbook was published in 1980 – you guys realize that it was written as a joke and not an official guide on how to dress, right?). And yes, wearing one will make you look as goofy as the people you’ve seen wearing them in the old pictures online.
Update: I’ve been told that LL Bean is now selling the sweater by phone (800-441-5713), cost is $129.
If you don’t want to wait for LL Bean’s sweater, Woolrich has its own version in the John Rich and Bros. collection this season which you can buy now at Barneys.