A very nice article was published in March 2018 on Seamwork by Betsey Blodgett. It includes a few photos from the eras of Mel and Patricia that we haven’t seen before. Particularly the photo of the store with an airplane in it! Check it out!
My favorite things to collect are actual pieces from Banana Republic stores. The most interesting piece I have literally opens the door to my collection. These tusk shaped door handles were taken from a BR store when they transitioned away from the safari theme. I attached them to an Ikea display cabinet that houses my catalogs, artwork […]
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 […]
Kevin Sarkki emailed me out of the blue and said he’d found some exciting stuff in his archives for us. I told him I squealed when I saw the photos of the Zieglers in their offices at Banana Republic. The photos are everything you’d want to see. Mel is in full regalia in command at […]
Mel and Patricia Ziegler did a Wild Company book signing at Book Passage in San Francisco’s Ferry Building last night and I was in attendance in full BR regalia along with my very supportive friend Julie who insisted I say hello before their talk. I must admit I was a little nervous to introduce myself. […]
These original BR product illustrations were provided by Production Artist Mike Madrid. The black and white images would be duplicated as photostats which would then be hand tinted for the catalog.
I thought it was a good idea to keep track of some of the more interesting articles about Wild Company, the Ziegler’s memoir about Banana Republic. Follow their latest news via Twitter or Facebook SF Chronicle Banana Republic founders’ ‘Wild’ memoir 3 Part Excerpt on Bloomburg.com An Empire Built on Short-Armed Shirts NY Post: Mass-A-Peel
Thanks to Mike Madrid I have a rare copy of the Banana Republic company newsletter to share. It gives an amazing picture of life in the growing company, check out the list of store openings in the Ask the Founders section, it’s staggering. The newsletter is filled with tips for salespeople and celebrates large notable […]
In this last part of the interview Mike talks about the end of the catalog era at Banana Republic and life at BR after the departure of the Zieglers. We all look forward to hearing much more about this time in the Ziegler’s upcoming memoir Wild Company. See also the History section for a selection […]
When I started, the process was a little piecemeal. The illustrators weren’t given that much direction, and we would have to try to make the pages work with what we got from them. Also, the merchandisers weren’t actually working on the catalog and they’d have unreasonable expectations of how much can fit on a page. […]