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My mom is doing her annual winter coat buying (thank you, grandma!) and I'm trying to figure out whether to get my ds a Hanna or LL Bean parka. We've had LL Bean before, but never a Hanna coat. Any recommendations? Thanks! (it's these big decisions in life, I know <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> )
 

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Don't know where you live or what you plan to do w/them when they're outgrown, but here the Hanna coats would command a higher price at the local resale shops.<br><br>
As far as construction goes, we've had both and found them equally sturdy and washable.
 

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I've always bought Lands End parkas for DD until last year, when I didn't like any of them or LL Bean's. I caught a Hanna Journey's End Jacket on sale last year, and LOVED it! Super cute, and I liked that it was nice and warm without being as bulky as the Lands End coats. The Hanna outerwear is on sale right now, as a matter of fact.<br><br>
Chicago mom is right about the resale value, too. I cannot believe how much used Hanna clothes bring on Ebay. And if they're warm enough for Chicago, they've *got* to be warm, right?<br><br>
Good luck making your decision. Looks like they both have cute styles/prints this year.
 

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We've had fleece jackets from both places and I think they're both great. It's not cold enough here for a real parka. I guess I'm not much help.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy">
 

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Hanna winter coats last two years on my dd. She is 4 and has had 2 of them. They are awesome. But, I also like LLbean's parka that has the removable fleece liner. We are lucky that I found the hanna coats on consignment or at the outlet and grandma bought the llbean coat so we have both. I like the llbean parka alone on wet, warm days, with the fleece liner on days we might need to delayer, and the fleece by itself on cool, dry days. The hanna coat is best for really cold days and it was large enough last year to wear lots of layers on underneat.<br><br>
Not much help, this post! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: I guess what I mean is figure out what weather you need it for and which one will suit your needs. Also, llbeans run shorter in the length than hannas and therefore don't cover the tush and belly as well as your child outgrows them.
 

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Never had LL Bean, but we have had Hanna coats, and my dd will be wearing hers again this year. It seems surprisingly warm for how un-bulky it is - it is the Journey's End (I think) parka w/hood. We are in Northern IL, also - cold stuff.<br>
I also will be using the snowsuit on my littlest - my older dd wore it for three years (I kid you not) and it still looks like new! I expect to get at least two years, maybe three, and then it will resell, probably for a good price!<br><br>
I like LL Bean, but I buy Hanna!
 

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We buy LL Bean ones. If your mom is buying I'd go with whichever one you like. I personally am currently on a wait and see mode with HA since Kellwood bought them.<br><br><a href="http://www.dmnews.com/cms/dm-news/catalog-retail/41474.html" target="_blank">http://www.dmnews.com/cms/dm-news/ca...ail/41474.html</a>
 

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Can't go wrong with either company but I do know LL Bean has an AWESOME return policy.<br><br>
My dd wore one of their winter coats and the zipper broke before the winter season was over. When I called about fixing it, the person just said that they would replace the coat and they even let me order the next size up so she got a new coat and it lasted another season!<br>
I've had other great customer service from them for other items as well.
 

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Lisalou, thanks for posting that info. I had no idea HA had been sold. And to a company in my town! Oooooh, how I would love to work for the company that owns HA - I could definitely spend a year's salary on discounted HA clothes. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 
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