Lambskin Flight Helmet

Lambskin Flight Helmet

This item is classic Banana Republic, it was featured in almost every catalog. Fairly impractical, it appeals purely to the eccentric, dress-up fantasy aspect of BR. How could you not want one and how often would you actually wear it? A flight jacket yes, but the helmet and aviator scarf? Only on Halloween, right? No…not YOU–YOU have daring, panache and style. You’d wear it to your next board meeting, am I right?

Update: A nice looking size medium helmet is up on eBay this week!

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  • Sandy Martino on October 2, 2011

    I loved these helmets… but could never find a reason to buy one and wear it to work at Banana Republic at Ala Moana Shopping Center. Would have looked a bit silly — especially in the Hawaiian heat and humidity. (That didn’t stop me from rocking my BR Predestrienne (sp?) boots, though. I still have them — though I changed the color to black. I have one of the BR vintage silk flying scarves floating around, if you’d like pics to go with the helmet.

    • Scott on October 2, 2011

      Hi Sandy, wow, you worked in a BR shop back then? Would love to hear more about that. I had the flying ace scarf as well, sure, please send pictures!

  • Sandy Martino on October 3, 2011

    I worked at Banana Republic for a year in the late 80s…probably 86 or 87.I had been a dedicated BR customer and catalog peruser before that. It was the tail end of the Safari. I think that’s when the couple who founded BR divorced. (The Zieglers?) Our store was one of the biggest and busiest, I think. Very popular with tourists to Hawaii. I missed the era when the employees would dance on the counters to big band music, I am told…but we were still very safari-ish…fake animal heads on the wall, constant 30s and 40s music. (Good thing I like Glenn Miller!

  • Robert on February 27, 2014

    I still have my silk aviator scarf and the goggles for the aviator helmet. I would love to find a pair of Gurkhas shorts that I can wear again.

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