Grab This: LL Bean Signature Cotton Suit

Update and winner announcement:

After careful consideration, LL Bean has awarded the prize to Johnny Jr. for his poetic take on living life with purpose:

“I ask myself ‘Why am I here?’ in the morning; before the answer is written in my diary; after the day’s sun scorched my signature in the pages.”

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For Ivy-Style’s latest Battle of the Wits giveaway, LL Bean has generously donated a plain-weave cotton suit — in your choice of navy, khaki or soapstone — to one lucky winner. The suit comes from Bean’s new Signature collection, designed by Rogues Gallery founder Alex Carleton, which debuts today.

The prize goes to the reader who can give the most witty, original or inspiring answer to the following question:

In one sentence, how do you leave your own personal signature on the world in your everyday life?

Use the leave-comment feature to submit your entry. The usual rules apply: Open to US residents only, one entry per person, and all the usual honor code stuff.

Deadline is 5 PM Pacific Time, Wednesday, March 17.

87 Comments on "Grab This: LL Bean Signature Cotton Suit"

  1. Nathen Alan | March 15, 2010 at 3:57 pm |

    I leave a bit of my personal signature by opening doors for myself and others, of course!

  2. Nathen Alan | March 15, 2010 at 4:01 pm |

    I leave my personal signature each time I open a door for a young lady.

  3. I remind my young son everyday the merits of good manners and how they affect others in this world. It’s an inexpensive heirloom that can be passed on to generations and is worth more than money can buy.

  4. foolio_iglesias | March 15, 2010 at 4:27 pm |

    I simply give the unadulterated version of Giovanni,no matter what mood I’m in.A person’s true spirit always shines through ,no matter what the circumstances.Mine happens to be a spirit of giving.It has been said that if one isn’t loving,one isn’t living.I hasten to add that if you’re not giving,you aren’t truly living….

  5. I endeavor to live as honestly as possible and teach my kids to do the same. It is the only way I know to show the world who you really are — and to pass that message on after I’m gone.

  6. Ride my bike, think before I speak, read a paper, listen carefully, offer a joke, three square meals, read a classic, take a nap, catch up with a friend, maybe a cigar, ask questions, stare into the sky, and 7 solid hours sleep; while they may be mother’s classics, it’s a proven way to advance yourself one step further every day–because if you’ve improved yourself just a little bit every day, you’re a better person for it.

  7. Daniel Pope | March 15, 2010 at 4:43 pm |

    I leave my signature in the lives and thoughts of my students, in the knowledge and appreciation of all the signatures that mark mine.

    – Daniel

  8. I live everyday as if yesterday was my last; ala Bernie in Weekend at Bernie’s.

  9. Stewart Mohammadi | March 15, 2010 at 4:55 pm |

    Mine is a faint signature — a quiet inspiration, like the brushstrokes of a Japanese koan: a delicate lattice work of texture, line, and juxtaposition.

  10. It all started the day my dad taught me how to write my name in the snow…

  11. Sans a large wall and can of spray paint,
    Or a Kemp like tendency to progenerate,
    I will leave my mark, a sight to be seen,
    looking good, wearing L.L. Bean.

  12. I follow my moral compass as inspired by my parents, my teachers, Lou Reed, and Oscar Wilde.

  13. Joshua Gums | March 15, 2010 at 6:14 pm |

    I leave my mark by being an advocate and apostle of greatness in all aspects of a man’s life.

  14. By empowering my fellow men with academic skills and cheering them on to reach greater heights I am a dedicated teacher; by listening and learning from my fellow brothers and sisters, I become a rich pupil of human wisdom.

  15. Well, the depends on how much I’ve had to drink and how much snow has fallen.

  16. My everyday mark
    Loud noises heard from below
    Barking spider? No.

  17. I have always been told to smile at everyone who looks you in the eye, in turn, adding a positive sparkle to everyone who passes your way.

  18. By finishing everything I start, keeping every promise I make, and smiling at every girl I see.

  19. Each signature I leave on the world is carefully thought out, with special attention paid to inspirations, functionality, and beauty.

  20. Cameron Ferrin | March 15, 2010 at 9:11 pm |

    The true measure of a man’s impact on this world lies in the moment he takes action; his style only allows him to look flawless as he leaves his legacy.

  21. I leave my signature by trying to raise my children to do it just little better than we did…a little goes a long way, you know.

  22. Incredible Strength | March 15, 2010 at 9:53 pm |

    I leave my mark with a reverence and appreciation for the diversity of experiences that I’m able to absorb each day and a realization that my perception is unique but my reality is shared.

  23. I leave my own personal signature with flames: loud, uncontrollable dancing demons but when I’ve influenced all and burned out, from the disaster I’ve caused comes rebirth.

  24. My personal signature carries around my name, my desires, my hopes and dreams, and the faint remembrance of a morning kiss goodbye–I’m talking about my wife, of course.

  25. I sign everything I pass with a fountain pen, of course.

  26. Urine seems to do the trick.

  27. I’m inspired by rebels and egos of history, even though I give more than I get, by rocking my own world, but rocking everyone else’s even more with love and passion.

  28. Every day, I make a difference in someone else’s life by giving a compliment, encouragement, support or guidance. Reaching out to others is the only way to leave your permanent signature on the world.

  29. I live to love.

  30. I contend with the ineffable, and see if I can’t eff it after all.

  31. Frugality is the last bastion of the punk.

  32. Arrive early, stay late, kick life in the spleen,
    Be the life of the party, make sure she’s eighteen;
    However, life’s John Hancocks
    Require better style than Crocs:
    Like Signature suits from Mister Leon Bean.

  33. LLcoolBeans | March 16, 2010 at 7:41 am |

    It takes a great deal
    of time, attention, and care
    to be nonchalant

  34. Life is merely a book of expression for the world to see, so I constantly remind those I encounter that life is good, but “living” is better; here lies the daily signature of life that is me.

  35. …with a nod and a smile.

  36. By leaving my muddy footprints in as many places as possible.

  37. The Golden Rule is applied so infrequently in today’s world, that what used to be the rule is now the exception. That’s how I leave my signature.

    “And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.” Luke 6:31, King James Version.

  38. Excellence is rare indeed; but my pursuit of it can be found in deeds, humble and noble.

  39. one word: lasers

  40. My personal signature?

    The better you’re dressed…the worse you’re allowed to behave.

  41. My personal signature is the facial expressions of people who stare because they can’t believe what I’m wearing.

  42. By making babies, isn’t that how everyone does it?

  43. I leave my signature by radiating enough passion to set the world aflame.

  44. My signature is a feeling, the residue of my attentions. When the impression that you’ve been run over by a smooth and inexorable Cadillac steamroller of panache mixes with the feeling that you’re the most important person in the room, it lets you know you’ve just met a man among men; the lingering air of bourbon and brine, leather and hubris lets you know you’ve just met the Captain.

  45. Usually my colorful bow tie does the talking for me.

  46. My signature is a “thank you” with a smile and wink.

  47. Andrew Nicholas Vieira | March 16, 2010 at 12:05 pm |

    I live, dress and play each and everyday like it will be the last day I will be here.

  48. my own personal signature i leave on the world each day is to forge my own personal signature ever so sublimely different each day , detectable only under close inspection.

  49. Unlike nearly every other Tulane student I refuse to wear pajama pants, flip flops, and a hoodie outside of my home; the so-called Southern Ivy League needs to regain its herald past of training people in matters of manners, mind, and morals.

  50. Whenever I’m in a crosswalk and a car doesn’t stop, I give them the finger, can’t get any more personal than that.

    NOTE: Know I don’t stand a chance with the above but the devil made me do it.

  51. I never pass up an opportunity to shake someone’s hand – it may the one best single moment in that person’s day – that someone cared enough to greet them.

  52. My style is to the world what Merlot is to a whine-o’s teeth – it makes its mark every time you taste it.

  53. By letting others know they are braver than they know, and by looking good while doing good.

  54. Be the first one remembered and the last one forgotten.

  55. I remind the inhabitants of 2010 that, yes, some people still do those things and think that way.

  56. I have definitely created my own personal signature by purchasing a pair of L.L.Bean Bluchers and wearing them every day since my 21st birthday. I get complements on them everywhere I go now. I’m sure the cotton suit would make them look even better.

  57. An attractive young lady of my acquaintance put it best–In my always vivid and active daily life, I strive towards and frequently achieve an unforgettable mix of John D. Rockefeller, Giacomo Casanova and Lord Peter Death Wimsey.

  58. With an ostrich quill and octopus ink – and that’s just my everyday life.

  59. Not entirely sure what that means, but I like the sound of it.

  60. The Philosopher Plato believed that our “Essence” remains in everything we come in contact with, I leave my essence on the world by using proper manners, and doing the right thing; in a world where many people are self centered, doing things for other people stands out and is noticed, and this is how I leave my mark.

  61. I usually sign my name in wet concrete whenever I see it.

  62. I leave my mark by entering the world to learn and exiting having succeeded.

  63. Everyday I personally sign the world.

  64. I try to be calm in a world of chaos and hope that my attitude give others a sense of permanence that they can still let go of.

  65. I am old school, I just leave my mark.

  66. I carry a good pen.

  67. Be the most reliable person you know; if you can do that, everything else will take care of itself.

  68. A simple and kind smile is contagious- it brightens the day of everyone I meet.

  69. As a current college student I dress the way I want to dress and carry myself naturally so that no one questions it.

  70. I leave my personal signature on the world by living in accordance with the values of my own best self and attempting to make incremental improvements in my sphere of influence every day.

  71. I like to leave it on the back of a check, thought I most often leave it on the front.

  72. I celebrate that my signature, my style, is neither right nor wrong, it’s simply me.

  73. I believe there is a Japanese proverb that says it best:
    Action without thought is a nightmare.
    But, thought without action is just a dream.

  74. Mike Cabrera | March 17, 2010 at 6:16 am |

    Make ‘Em Laugh.

  75. I leave my personal signature in the way I dress — tailored, understated, refined and casually elegant — and in the way I live my life — exuberantly, passionately, lustily and deliberately large.

  76. Putting up good-humouredly with the the defects of others while keeping an intolerance for my own.

  77. By taking the care to write, not just rubber-stamp.

  78. In the winter – in the snow; in the summer – it’s trickier.

  79. I leave my signature not by smiling at every pretty girl on the street, but by recognizing those who may benefit from a strangers smile or friendly glance. I encourage the readers of this site to do the same – you’d be surprised who will really appreciate a kind smile from a well-dressed stranger.

  80. Do not do anything in the common way, and in so doing, quietly encourage other people to pause, and wonder. As to how to do that? Live boldly. The rest takes care of itself.

    “If a man does his best, what else is there?”
    — George S Patton, Jr

  81. I choose both my actions and words according to weight rather than volume.

  82. Johnny Jr. | March 17, 2010 at 1:29 pm |

    I ask myself “why am I here” in the morning; before the answer is written in my diary; after the day’s sun scorched my signature in the pages.”

  83. By never straying from my morals and good manners–even if my ideals are threatened.

  84. I kick life to the curb with an unwillingness to settle, and a spot on the map.

  85. Each day, I try to find the majesty of simple living in dog-eared paperbacks, firm handshakes, good friends, and a suit that feels like home.

  86. I only buy suits made in the USA.

  87. Howard e lewis | August 20, 2016 at 5:00 pm |

    I leave my personal signature as I have for over 70 years, what my Beacon Hill Bostonian grandfather Instilled in me, to be a gentleman ( in all that,that means in the true sense) not just part of the day but live it 24 hours a day, all your life
    And our course dress like a gentleman 24 hours a day

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