L.L.Bean and World Champion Cross-Country Skier Kikkan Randall Announce Multiyear Partnership
Randall and L.L.Bean to collaborate on design and development of new active and casual apparel
Freeport, ME, January 9, 2014 – L.L.Bean, a leading outdoor equipment and apparel designer and merchant, today announced a multiyear partnership with the most successful US cross-country skier in history, Kikkan Randall. A World Champion and two-time World Cup sprint title winner, Randall will work with L.L.Bean, testing products in her native Alaska, providing advice and insights on new designs, as well as serving as a brand ambassador and making appearances on behalf of L.L.Bean.
Randall is a widely recognized as the face of cross-country skiing in the United States and is considered a global ambassador for her sport, serving as a respected athlete representative for the International Federation of Skiing (FIS). In addition to her decorated competitive career, Randall is a proponent for leading a healthy and active lifestyle, and enjoys biking, running, hiking, backcountry skiing and other outdoor activities.
"Kikkan and L.L.Bean share many of the same values – a love and reverence of the outdoors as well as a passion to inspire others, especially youth, to enjoy the outdoors," said Steve Fuller, L.L.Bean Chief Marketing Officer. "She will be a great brand ambassador around the world, both for the Bean brand as well as outdoor activities."
With L.L.Bean having celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2012, the company focused efforts on creating events and activities that encourage young people to participate and enjoy outdoor sports, something that Randall aims to do every day. A self-described "get-activist," Randall is the president of Fast and Female, a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to empowering girls aged 9-19 through participation in sports and outdoor activities.
"Born and raised in Alaska, I've been an outdoor junkie my entire life and have been using L.L.Bean products since I was a kid, so I am excited to have the opportunity to work with them in a design and product development role," said Randall. "Alaska is similar to Maine in the sense that the outdoor opportunities that are available to us are endless. With that comes the need for quality products to take part in sports like skiing, hiking, biking and running, and L.L. Bean has been a staple of the outdoor sports world for over 100 years."
The partnership between L.L. Bean and Randall will include support of Fast and Female, which she hopes to continue to grow every year.
About L.L.Bean, Inc.
L.L.Bean, Inc. is a leading multichannel merchant of quality outdoor gear and apparel. Founded in 1912 by Leon Leonwood Bean, the company began as a one-room operation selling a single product, the Maine Hunting Shoe. While its business has grown over the years, L.L.Bean still upholds the values of its founder, including his dedication to quality, customer service and a love of the outdoors. L.L.Bean products are rigorously tested, guaranteed to last and always shipped free. In the past ten years, L.L.Bean has donated nearly $36 million to nonprofit organizations. The 200,000 sq. ft. L.L.Bean retail store campus in Freeport, ME, is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and welcomes more than 3 million visitors every year. L.L.Bean can be found worldwide at www.llbean.com. Join L.L.Bean on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
About Kikkan Randall
A 17-time US National Champion, 2013 World Champion and two-time World Cup sprint title winner, Kikkan Randall is one of the most successful US cross-country skiers in history. Randall is the first American woman to win a World Cup, a medal at the World Championships (2009), a World Championship (2013 with teammate Jessie Diggins) as well as a World Cup discipline title (sprint in 2012 and 2013). A self-described "get activist," Randall is the President of Fast and Female USA, a nonprofit organization the works to empower girls through the participation in outdoor sports. A native of Alaska, Randall's sponsors include L.L.Bean, BP, Kelloggs, Alaska Seafoods, Subway of Alaska, Rudy Project, Fischer, Salomon and Swix. Randall is represented by Octagon.