Outdoor retailer L.L. Bean is introducing new limited edition handbags for Boston Red Sox fans. The one-of-a-kind tote and boat bags are fashioned out of the rain-delay tarp that protected the Fenway Park infield from rain during the Boston Red Sox 2013 season.
The bags have red handles that feature the dates of every Red Sox World Series Championship, beginning with their first in 1903. The handbags also have a specially designed patch inspired by a baseball diamond that carries the Red Sox logo.
When it was delivered from Fenway Park, the tarp was so dirty that it was transported to an airplane hangar in Brunswick, Maine. L.L. Bean hired a tent cleaning company to clean the tarp. Then it was taken to a factory and crafted into the limited edition handbags.
The tote and boat bags are only available in limited quantities. Approximately 3,000 were produced. They will be sold at select L.L. Bean stores in Maine, Massachusetts, and Connecticut, as well as at the Yawley Way Store across from Fenway Park, beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, September 20.
L.L. Bean employees have been supporters of the Red Sox for over 100 years. The company created the bags to give fans of the Red Sox and L.L. Bean the opportunity to own a piece of history from the two icons.
Twenty percent of the net proceeds from the sale of the handbags will be donated to the Jimmy Fund, a non-profit organization that supports Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
This is the third unique handbag that L.L. Bean has designed for Red Sox fans. The company created a tote bag in 2012 to mark the 100-year anniversary of both L.L. Bean and Fenway Park. The retailer created another bag to support The One Fund Boston after the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013.