The Gamekeeper’s Bag

This remarkable photo was sent in by designer Louisa Voisine, who organized fashion shows in the mid-80s to promote BR to the entertainment industry at the Beverly Hills store, creating the BR Studio Services Department. The late model John Allen McClatchey III is posed with a Gamekeeper’s Bag. The Gamekeeper’s Bag is a jute mesh […]

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True Surplus: Swedish Bandolier

A favorite item is the Authentic Swedish Bandolier. It’s unquestionably cool, stylish, and adventurous. Banana Republic was selling these “authentic relic” surplus bandoliers in their catalogs from Holiday 1984 until Fall 1985. The bandolier is a  Swedish Army Mauser ammunition bandolier. It’s very popular with Star Wars fans and cosplay enthusiasts because it was used as […]

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Bags and Accessories

Banana Republic was of course a travel company, and as such they sold some really great bags. Rugged, elegant, roomy and efficient, they were detailed with lots of leather and had a seemingly endless supply of pockets. Having been so well built they have survived the decades and appear online all the time. Below are […]

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Israeli Paratrooper Briefcase

Without a doubt this is one of the best remembered items from 1980s Banana Republic, a book bag for countless students, I took full advantage of it’s generous pen holders and used it as a sketchbook carrying bag for many years. Even today it’s a great laptop bag, though a padded laptop sleeve would be […]

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