Item Etiquette : LL Bean Norwegian Sweater General Style 41 Comments

JKISSI : The brand LL Bean is no stranger to our site here, even though it has been sometime since we have discussed any news concerning the brand.  Recently, the notable American lifestyle brand has dug into their old archives to reissue the ‘Norwegian sweater’ which is knitted in Norway just as the original. With the fall season now in effect a great piece of knitwear as this would be the perfect choice to layer with.  The beautiful weave texture design is what ideally caught my eye at first glance without any prior knowledge of the sweater’s riveting past. I thought it was very interesting to see the older audience from different blogs such as Max Wastler’s All Plaid Out identify with the sweater on a much more different level than myself. A first generation pusher myself  in this nation with a love for traditional prep intertwined with a urbanesque touch, I hope to pass this sweater on to my own children.

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First appearing in LL Bean’s catalog in 1965 the sweater became the choice for outdoor enthusiasts seeking a functional yet stylish sweater. Through the years the sweater fell out of the company’s loop of regular production. Accompanied by various bloggers composing articles on the sweater, and the resurgence of American prep in fashion/style it has made it’s way back to the production in a robust fashion.


JKISSI – Topman Black Denim Vest - LL Bean Norwegian sweaterClarks Desert Boots

Fit Description -  The black denim vest was the perfect layering piece. I have been on the search for a black denim jacket instead of the indigo one that I previously made by having my tailor cutting the sleeves off a jean jacket. Similar to what I said above the weave patterns on the Norwegian sweater is a interesting pattern to play with and layer. The sweater does a lot more than just look good,with the times came great technology to improve the production of the sweater now made out of 100% wool. The black beads are my favorite wrist ornaments right now giving the earth tone beads a bit of a rest from regular use. I decided to do something different and give the images a B&W touch which looks very appropriate with the feel of this post.


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  • Lochnes Monsta

        posted on November 2 , 2009 :

    im liking this every monday stuff. makes me happy. keep it consistant.

    the fit is cool, i really like that sweater with the vest over it, the darker look is definitely better with the weather.


  • samuel

        posted on November 2 , 2009 :

    i’m enjoying the black & white direction; very modest and kept. the way the denim cutoff and the ll bean wool clash is just RAUNCHY fam, very!

    ill post nonetheless
    -peace & light

  • Steven Wilson Sr

        posted on November 2 , 2009 :

    Great post Joshua I think you hit on a very important point majority of people wont see from just seeing the article for what it’s worth. You stated you are a first generation pusher which is important to me because I feel since your parents aren’t probably the biggest prep dressers or probably even care about it but was more worried about giving their kids a equal opportunity and to start life in a great nation in the aspect of that. One thing your doing right now is making history nothing on a major scale that needs to be noted in textboots but for your family and children down the line you can express this inspiration to them
    keep up the good work gentlemen

  • Skip Brooks

        posted on November 2 , 2009 :

    Great Post! Gotta Love the Norwegian!


  • L.A.S

        posted on November 2 , 2009 :

    How’s the fit? I have a vintage Norweigan that is way too “full”…what size did you get for your new model?

  • Neef

        posted on November 2 , 2009 :

    that sweater is an awesome knit….. the jean jacket and scarf top it off nicely, jkissi your well at assesorizing your clothing… great pieces to put together man

  • DJPrep

        posted on November 2 , 2009 :

    Looking good as always my dude. Gotta love the Desert Boots. Im wearing mine right now. Haha. Keep up the awesome work.

  • TK

        posted on November 2 , 2009 :

    Another good posting by Street Ettiquette…I’m feeling the exposure to these American brands. I’m going to def. purchase a pair of the black suede desert boots. I feel they can go better w/ my wardrobe than my grey suede ones.

    - TK , Fellow HB Forum Member

    Check it out:

  • Tiffany

        posted on November 2 , 2009 :

    Thats a very Nice sweater

  • David

        posted on November 2 , 2009 :

    Once again man, I love the way you approached this sweater. I thas a historic feel to them and it all makes sense to it in the outfit you are in, if that makes any sense. It just flows so smooth together. I think that is all I have to say…not that much. Ha

  • Jeff

        posted on November 2 , 2009 :

    As always great post Josh. The sweater looks great and the last photo is DOPE!

  • NSH

        posted on November 2 , 2009 :

    I think the rolled sleeves is a nice touch. I haven’t seen anyone else try that move with the sweater and I think you were able to make it your own. Well done.


        posted on November 2 , 2009 :

    Lochnes Monsta : Yeah monday is a start of a brand new week and it gives us some time to actually think on next post and how we can make it better, if we speed up that process then you can start to see two post a week one by me ,and the other by Trav, it will come soon though. Thanks

    Samuel : Thanks man I thought the same of the direction glad I’m not the only one feeling that way lol , I’m still awaiting that nice package at my door!

    Steven Wilson Sr : Wow, I’m glad someone caught that in my post I wasn’t able to elaborate on it as much as I likd, but I will tap on the topic here in the comment section , isnt that what it is for in the first place lol. My parents are both from Africa coming to America in the late 70s/early 80s moving to the Bronx , I thought I didn’t see much prep around for the most part, but my Dad wore suits everyday out to work and even when he was not working he would wear a sharp suit with a hat and briefcase. Maybe at that current time I didn’t really get it but I knew my Dad always dressed in what I would consider dapper suits – never seen him in jeans and a t-shirt until recently where I’m 20 years old now, In a way I think that kind of influenced me as I aged. A suit and tie is like the universal business attire , that is why I think I admire the 1950s/60s ( Especially Harlem Renaissance era) prior because everyone wore a suit and dressed sharp didn’t matter if you were holding a high position at a firm or not, it was just the way you had to present yourself. I love that.

    Skip Brooks : Thanks I just saw your blog and you wearing the LL bean Norwegian sweater , great stuff!

    L.A.S : I would say the fit is more updated than the previous vintage ones I have a medium and I’m 6’1 158 lbs so I’m a pretty slender dude , I could have also went with a small if that helps any.. How does the vintage one fit I’m curious

    Neef : Thanks Neef , It really is 100% wool water repellent – trust me I have tested it out also lol I’m lame, but on a more serious note appreciate it brother.

    DJPrep : Thanks man we still have to get up on that RRL business man lol, you know we’re faithful with our Desert Boots lol got the nice black ones now , I wonder what color is next on the list hmmm

  • Kris

        posted on November 2 , 2009 :

    Love the sweater (and the name) :)


        posted on November 2 , 2009 :

    TK : You are right I just received my black desert boots and I must say I have the urge to wear them with everything I wear out lol , they’re a great everyday shoe. That is right I’m glad you noticed we aren’t talking about trends all day we are just spotlighting classic American brands that we probably even didn’t know about ( LL bean mags sitting around the house and Lands End lol for years ) in the past, but we appreciate it now and we know a lot of people are in the same boat! lol so why not you know.. Thanks appreciate the love from HB always will be home met so many good people from there

    Tiffany : Thanks , just like your blog :d checked it out some nice postings keep it up

    David : Thanks David I was expecting a long paragraph from you not that I dont like it, completely opposite look forward to how you see the post from your own perspective. You are right your statement makes all the sense I get it lol

    Jeff : Thanks Jeff, yeah the last photo was the bonus if I could call it that was unsure on if I should include it in the post, but with not too many pictures in this post I decided to put it up on the site, and it seems everyone likes it even the people at LL Bean like Steve Fuller and Laurie Brooks, its a great thing.

    NSH : I saw a whole bunch of pictures from catalogs and just people wearing the sweater in general but no one rolled up the sleeves, and since I’m an advocate of that I had to roll it up and come to find out it has a very nice reverse design palette inside of the sweater which I try to show detail especially with the detail shots of the sweater. I want people to love that weave print as much as I do lol I feel. Thanks for stopping by the blog

    Kris : much appreciated lol the name yeah sounds great

  • Craig

        posted on November 2 , 2009 :

    The sweater looks great and works well with the skinny jeans and desert boots.

  • Jing

        posted on November 2 , 2009 :

    Hello Joshua,

    How did you size the sweater? I have not ordered from LL Bean before. Your outfit is amazing as always~

    I am requesting a scarf post and a glasses post :)

  • willy cheesesteak

        posted on November 2 , 2009 :

    ^Josh already made a glasses post sort of, the one featuring Shuron eyewear.

    Anyway, good stuff as always my dude. I was also wearing a 100% wool sweater today also, it kept me warm as hell and didn’t even need any outerwear, lol. One thing though, you aren’t afraid of the sleeves stretching from rolling them up?

  • Ralph Thomas

        posted on November 2 , 2009 :

    Great post here Joshua my Dad still has a LL Bean Norwegian sweater so when i saw the title I was like oh man the return of the norwegian sweater, great. I’d rather check in with my Dad and see if he still wears his lol borrow it for a few years


        posted on November 2 , 2009 :

    Craig : Thanks all apart of the silhouette I should say

    Jing : I’m a fan of your blog with the tours with many brands that I find interest in like billy kirk,mister freedom etc. And of course on sufu lol all the discussion around a outfit. I said previously I have a medium but i know I can definitely do a small and still be perfectly fine , for you i would definitely go with a small even though the fit is probably has a more modernized fit and all. Glasses we touched on it a little bit with Shuron Ronsir Zyls but we will probably do some more and such , scarves will definitely work its way into the rotation so will headwear :D thanks for checking out the site

    Willy Cheesesteak : Good looks my brother , but with this sweater it’s wool has this element to it where it snaps back into regular shape when stretches or pulled in any way,. that’s another reason why this sweater is great. I don’t want to call it elastic but that what it feels like it has this give to it man , so the sleeves wont stretch out.

    Ralph Thomas : Wow, thats interesting I would also borrow that sweater for some years I would like to really compare the vintage one side by side with the one released now , just to see the differences and such. Let me know when you ‘borrow’ it lol

  • dayinthelyf (name change?)

        posted on November 2 , 2009 :

    yeah there was a little hype surrounding these sweaters; I think I saw them on hyr before but I was a bit skeptic. The fit pic now gives me a better idea of how it looks and how to wear it…its kinda like your earlier post about the whole waywt thing.

  • Quick

        posted on November 3 , 2009 :

    i love this sweater…as i love all things black, white, and grey. It’s a great texture combo with the vest-

  • Samuel the quick

        posted on November 3 , 2009 :

    just purchased one , waiting for it to arrive according to ll bean site 2-3 days .. cant wait! :D

  • friendinfashion

        posted on November 3 , 2009 :

    Great sweater – Very nice!

  • Caleb

        posted on November 3 , 2009 :

    I am so stoked on this. I just got into preppy fashion and was disappointed when they weren’t carrying it. Now I can finally get one.

  • Jing

        posted on November 3 , 2009 :

    Thank you Joshua for the kind words and sizing help~ will get my hands on the sweater :)

  • Kelly

        posted on November 3 , 2009 :

    Even though this is a mens fashion blog I can’t help but check it everyday , real informative post here and it doesn’t help the case that you’re an attractive male! lol :D

  • David

        posted on November 3 , 2009 :

    Yeah J, I know I usually have a little more to say I have just been busy and that was the only thing I picked form the post. Was a complement, but for the most part I like the fit and the sweater has a nice touch of mature man written all over it. By that I mean it seems like something you might catch your grandfather or dad wearing with a black, brown, or dark forest green corduroy blazer with it. Anyway, it is great to see hoe many brands and fashion companies are realizing that there starter pieces are what consumers fell in love with in the first place. Because if you think about it many companies/brands happen to drift away from their roots, which is not a bad thing it is just some times you think about Biggie and say to yourself, “I want that old thing back.” Or maybe it is just me I think that is why have been looking for really nice consignment stores. I might just be spilling my mind to the world right now…which sometimes can be quiet overwhelming to many people. Though you might just get me who knows…LOL

  • components of enthusiasm

        posted on November 4 , 2009 :

    baller status guys, good to see you put your own style on this sweater than we’d traditionally see. great stuff yet again.



        posted on November 4 , 2009 :

    Reggie : Yeah as the news was announced I think it was more of a rejoicing to the fact that they’re re-issuing the sweater , some people genuinely like the design of the sweater without knowing too much of its past like myself also.

    Quick : Thank you yeah I was a real black/white/gray monochrome type of person before I discovered the importance of color palettes and what some colors just paired together can provide visually. Lol look at the layout of the site black/gray/white lol simple and clean

    Samuel the quick : Great look like I said above I definitely recommend it , hope you like yours when you receive it!

    : Thanks

    Caleb : I hear that my friend, there’s a lot of happy people who now able to purchase the sweater good luck with everything I know you will love it.

    Jing : No problem keep up the good work on your side of things.

    Kelly : Thank you lol and thank you <3

  • Trav

        posted on November 4 , 2009 :

    Great post. love the pics. I love mine..its super warm

  • Blank Label

        posted on November 4 , 2009 :

    love your style JKISSI, and your photographer’s got a great way of capturing your great looks. big fan of the desert boots. curious, where did you take that last picture? can’t imagine many places in NY where you get a winding road with lots of trees and leaves

  • demilade

        posted on November 5 , 2009 :

    son your too smooth for this one


        posted on November 5 , 2009 :

    David : I always get it man, I go keyboard crazy sometimes and spill everything I’m thinking right here on the comments section , trust me I know what you mean. Yeah some companies do stray away from what got them there to that specific status, but in this case LL Bean is on the right track re-issuing the sweater

    Paul : Thanks Paul appreciate it , people check out his great blog

    Trav : Thanks

    Blank Label : Thank you Danny, lol NYC is a very diverse place I would say some places more residential than others especially in places like Queens for example, where I am is the opening of a park the deciduous trees turning colors and road is all called for lol. My photographer (aka my younger sister or my tripod) does a great job every time even though I’m pretty precise on how I want my pictures lol

    Demilade : Thanks Demilade great chatting with you today my brother.

  • Kelvin

        posted on November 6 , 2009 :

    I was going to order this same sweater but on the L.L Bean website its actually a navy/white instead of black kind of disappointing

  • ReZ

        posted on November 6 , 2009 :

    nice fit great post

  • ms. shoo

        posted on November 9 , 2009 :

    As always you look nice, make me want to give LL Bean a second chance ;)

  • dapperdebonair

        posted on November 9 , 2009 :

    I love the pattern of the sweater. But as far as the photo goes, I think making it b&w detracts from the tones of the outfit. A color version would make your fit stand out.

    P.S. Where did you get those bead bracelets? I’m looking for something similar.

  • The Ca$h

        posted on November 27 , 2009 :

    I love the jacket
    Your starting to make me feel, like bringing back my old high school look.

  • RoyalRJ

        posted on January 15 , 2010 :

    Whoa. I got one of these last christmas from my grandfather. I thought it was ugly, but I just might pull it out the closet.

  • TRM

        posted on February 9 , 2010 :

    Wow!! I am very impressed with your guys def. do your should check out the LL bean signature collection when it comes out in March ’10