With L.L. Bean, you can tame the great outdoors -- or just look as if you could. The century-old outdoor apparel and gear maker mails more than 200 million catalogs per year. L.L. Bean's library includes about 10 specialty catalogs offering products in categories such as children's clothing, fly-fishing, outerwear, sportswear, housewares, footwear, camping and hiking gear, and the Maine hunting boot upon which the company was built. L.L. Bean also runs a growing network of retail stores in the northeastern US and Illinois, as well as in China and Japan. It also sells online through English- and Japanese-language websites. L.L. Bean was founded in 1912 by Leon Leonwood Bean and is controlled by his descendants.