Explore the Empire
Book: The Banana Republic Guide to Safari and Travel Clothes
This 1986 book from BR features a lot of photos of BR Stores as well as the Zieglers themselves. We have scans and video walkthrough of the book.
In Their Heyday: The Zieglers at Home and Office (more press below)
A fantastic look at the founders of Banana Republic in their prime. Metropolitan Home Magazine.
Hired by Patricia Ziegler at a starting wage of $5 an hour, Kevin was witness to the explosive growth of a mom-and-pop operation that would soon have over a million catalog subscribers and stores across the country and world. Kevin’s remembrances include a detailed account of how the catalogs came together-with so much hand drawn illustration rendered in printing techniques that are practically forgotten today.
Press Clippings from the Ages
Here’s a video clip from a Mel Zeigler speaking engagement in which he shares some great anecdotes from Banana Republic’s early days. Wish they’d have panned to the screen to show the photos!
Oprah has this: Amazing but True