Photojournalist’s Vest

The Photojournalist Vest was staple of Banana Republic until well-past the catalog era. What’s most surprising to me is that there were catalogs when it WASN’T included. (Spring-Fall 1986) It is ubiquitous on eBay to this day, as many were sold and they never wore out. The first version of the vest was discontinued in […]

The Bushman’s Raincoat

Introduced in the Fall 1985 “Notes from the Outback” catalog, the Bushman’s Raincoat is one of the more distinctive items BR produced. It’s about as dramatic and interesting as a raincoat gets and will make you look like you stepped right out of the 1982 Aussie film “Man From Snowy River” (my own mother’s favorite […]

Bush Vest

The Hooded Bush Vest is one of the few items that was present pretty much all the way through the Banana Republic catalog run. It is featured in my earliest catalog, Holiday 1982, and probably dates back even earlier. It was in the final fall 1988 catalog and every catalog in between. The size of […]

It is the Banana Republic Shirt. Literally.

I saw a couple of these show up on eBay this week. One “Banana Republic Shirt” and one Yukon shirt.  Both are something I remember having–I think it was always one of the most affordable items in the catalog, always threw one in with an order.  The style (as evidenced by eBay listings) is apparently […]

Socks

You searched far and wide for a page on vintage Banana Republic socks and now you’ve found it. Feels good, doesn’t it? Yeah, me too.