Shoemaking in Maine

Apr 6, 2017

Credit https://www.flickr.com/photos/iqremix/

From L.L. Bean and its iconic duck boots, to the relationship between New Balance and the U.S. military (not to mention Bass Weejuns and Dexter shoe), Maine shoemakers have a long and storied history. At its height, the Maine shoe sector employed 50,000 people. We’ll discuss the past, present and future of shoemaking in Maine.

Guests: Rachel Desgrosseiliers, executive director, Museum L-A, in Lewiston

Mike Rancourt, co-founder Rancourt & Co. in Lewiston

Jack Samson, LL Bean's VP of manufacturing and fulfillment