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 […]

True Surplus: Italian Army Field Jacket

This recent eBay auction brought us a rare example of a true surplus item as sold in BR stores. This amazing Italian Army Field Jacket complete with authentic label dated 1976 (see gallery below) still has the price tag attached. I assumed the stars on the lapels are added by Banana Republic, it looks like […]

Early Surplus?

Check out this heavy wool shirt that came up on eBay. With the anchor buttons, and that GIANT BR tag, it looks like something from the early (pre 1984) catalogs, can never be sure…. True surplus, I don’t recall seeing it in later catalogs.  

Cold War Cast-Offs! NATO Fatigues from 1986

Got a question from an eBay seller today who was researching a cool pair of vintage Banana Republic trousers.  I went digging through my catalogs and found them in  Holiday 1986 (winter for wool trousers, naturally). A very cool item indeed! The “Discovered by Banana Republic” tag still attached,  these are authentic NATO fatigues complete […]