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Foster Huntington '10 hadn't so much as set foot in Maine until the day he arrived on Mayflower Hill for first-year orientation.
Now, this senior hailing from Portland, Ore. embraces the state's outdoor-oriented lifestyle through his internship at L.L.Bean. In his spare time, Huntington chronicles his passion for clothing in blogs for the store and through his own blog, A Restless Transplant.
Huntington, a Science, Technology and Society major, has already published over 200 entries since he began blogging last fall. Many of his posts chronicle his adventures to places such as Maine's ultimate yard sale and other similar venues, where he picks up items such as hunting jackets as well as decorative memorabilia.
"I've always been really into clothes," he says. "My freshman and sophomore year, I was really bored at Colby, so that forced me to go outside and start exploring Maine."
As much as Huntington enjoys blogging, he considers clothing his primary infatuation.
"My favorite part of blogging is not really the blogging itself, [but] the experiences I've had. I love looking at old clothes and looking at art, but hopefully the medium [through which] I convey my passion for this stuff won't be a blog, but it will be clothes or something like that," he says.
Last year, Huntington began heading down to Freeport two days a week to work at L.L.Bean.
"I was interning for Alex Carleton, the creative director of L.L.Bean's new brand called L.L.Bean Signature," Huntington says. "I started blogging shortly after working there because it opened my eyes to a lot of stuff."
Around the same time, Huntington discovered his interest in photography.
"I worked for Alex throughout January and started taking a lot more photographs second semester. Alex called me in June asking if I wanted to help work on L.L.Bean Signature doing some photo stuff and blogging image stuff," he says.
Huntington spent the first two months of his summer in New York interning for Ralph Lauren before he returned to Freeport in August. Currently, he is helping L.L.Bean find art for retail stores. After graduation, he plans to work for Ralph Lauren doing Men's Concept Design.
"It's not design in the normal sense like drawing, but more like high-level creative direction and picking inspiration for brands."
Huntington notes the apparent contrast between outdoorsy L.L.Bean and preppy Ralph Lauren. "American heritage is really popular and L.L.Bean is one of the companies that's still around and really has a lot of heritage. They started making hunting boots and grew a huge company out of it," Huntington says. "L.L.Bean has so many archives of old clothes, you feel like you're in a museum."
Ralph Lauren, on the other hand, appeals to a different audience. "Polo is kind of the 50-year old from Westchester that drives a Range Rover and plays golf and goes sailing in the Hamptons. Ralph lives that lifestyle and is really good at emulating it," he explains.
Huntington came to the interview dressed in a flannel button-down striped shirt from Rogues Gallery, the upscale brand Alex Carleton started after his own careers at Ralph Lauren and Abercrombie and Fitch.
"[Carleton] decided to go to Maine and design clothes for a rural, outdoorsy lifestyle," Huntington says.
In October, Huntington will travel to New York City for the release party for L.L.Bean Signature. Meanwhile, he is busy finding art and images that portray the brand's philosophy. "We're building a collage and having it tell the story of the brand."