BRUNSWICK, Maine — This Red Sox season is an easy one to forget. But if you want keep the memories from the 2013 World Series season alive, L.L. Bean has something new for you.
The outdoor retailer has created a one-of-a-kind, limited edition tote and boat bag, made out of the rain-delay tarp from Fenway Park that protected the infield during the Boston Red Sox 2013 season. The bag is trimmed with red handles carrying the dates of every Red Sox World Series Championship since their first in 1903. It will also feature a specially designed baseball diamond-inspired patch with the Red Sox logo.
“The tarp comes back from Fenway so dirty that we actually rent an airplane hanger here in Brunswick,” said Steve Fuller, L.L. Bean’s chief marketing officer. “We hire a tent cleaning company to come in and clean the tarp, then we bring it into the factory to be stitched into bags.”
These special boat and tote bags will only be available in limited quantities — roughly 3,000 bags were made — at select L.L. Bean stores beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20.
The bags will also be available at the Yawkey Way Store, across from Fenway Park beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20.
“Here at L.L.Bean, we’ve been fans of the Red Sox for more than 100 years, through thick and thin.” said Kelly Warsky, partnership marketing manager at L.L.Bean. “We’re giving L.L.Bean and Red Sox fans the chance to own a piece of history from two of New England’s most beloved icons.”
Participating stores include L.L.Bean’s Flagship Store in Freeport, Maine, its Massachusetts stores in Burlington, Dedham, Mansfield, L.L.Bean’s Pop-Up Store at the Natick Mall in Natick (on sale at 10 a.m. at this location), as well as L.L.Bean’s South Windsor, Conn., store.
Twenty percent of the net proceeds from the sale of these bags will be donated to the Jimmy Fund, a non-profit organization that supports Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
This is the third unique tote bag L.L. Bean has created for Red Sox fans. The first bag created by L.L. Bean in 2012 celebrated the 100-year anniversary of both L.L.Bean and Fenway Park, while the second tote enabled L.L.Bean to offer support to The One Fund Boston after the tragedy at the 2013 Boston Marathon.