Founding fathers of Lands’ End,
left to right: Karl Vollmer, Sam Fink, Dick Anderson
Sam Fink, one of our Lands’ End founding fathers (we call him Mr. Lands’ End Catalog) would have been 100 this year. And not only was he a brilliant art director, he also made history come alive for an entire generation of Americans through his illustrated history books. This year, we celebrate his 100th birthday with a special coat we know he would have gotten a kick out of.
In honor of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, we crafted these beautiful limited edition, convertible pea coats tailored in fine Italian wool.
Sam Fink was one of the founding fathers of Lands' End who loved American history (see below). Pre-order the Special Edition coat today and we'll include a free copy of Sam Fink's illustrated Declaration of Independence. While supplies last.
Sam Fink would have been 100 years old this year.
He was one of the “founding fathers ” of Lands' End. And it's no stretch of the imagination to say that without his contributions during our very early days, the Lands' End we all know may not even be here.
Sam was a well-known calligrapher, designer, and art director. He designed our very first logo. Whenever founder Gary Comer had a message that was particularly important to share with customers, he would turn to Sam who would turn it into a catalog cover that couldn't be overlooked – or easily forgotten.
Perhaps more importantly, Sam had a passionate love of history (to put it mildly). He published several books to critical acclaim, including hand-lettered and illustrated versions of the documents that made America great: the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States and the Gettysburg Address.
His illustrations make it clear that here was a man with a sense of humor. For example, to illustrate the 16th amendment to the constitution (which allows the federal government to collect income tax) Sam drew a citizen standing next to Uncle Sam. who's holding a birdie on his finger, saying, “Watch the birdie, ” – while with his other hand, Uncle Sam is reaching into the citizens' pocket.
His sense of humor, his quirkiness, his love of history – we miss them all, as we miss the man himself who helped lay the very cornerstone of our business. It seemed fitting to us that on this Independence Day in what would have been his 100th year, we remember his life, celebrate his contributions to Land's End and commemorate his passion for this country.
Illustrations © 2002 by Sam Fink, from DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE: THE WORDS THAT MADE AMERICA by Thomas Jefferson, inscribed by Sam Fink, published by Scholastic Inc. All rights reservered.