Going through my wall of file organizers, I came across a section labeled “Banana Republic” and remembered: my stash of 1980′s vintage Banana Republic catalog.
For you younger readers, Banana Republic started off as a catalog business that featured clothing and accessories inspired by global journeys around the world. This included Egyptian Cotton twill travelers sport coats, Amazon rainforest duffel bags and sweatshirts and sweatpants made in Italy that produced the same workout gear for Italian athletes. Oh, how I miss this authentic and quirky side of Banana Republic…
Now, I didn’t say the looks were timeless… but it is fun to peek inside.
I would totally wear this jacket. Kinda reminds me of the old J. Peterman days, right?
The catalog even just tells stories, like a book….
I totally worse these shirts and would today….
And who else remembers the Jeep car smashing through the front window of the original Banana Republic stores?