The Authentic Field Jacket

The Authentic Field Jacket

Maria, a fan of my Facebook page posted this picture yesterday to show off her 1980s Banana Republic jacket. It wasn’t one I immediately recognized. It’s not the Bush jacket, or the Correspondent’s jacket, and certainly isn’t a Safari jacket. But it had a BIG LABEL, so we know it’s an older piece. Obviously, it’s seen some serious action, possibly a tiger attack, but what is it?

This is one of the reasons I do this blog the way I do. I searched through the Men’s Jackets page and easily found what turns out to be the Authentic Field Jacket (modeled on a U.S. military jacket) , as pictured in the Winter 1984 catalog #17, which as far as I know is the last time it was offered. I do not have catalog 18 Spring 1984 to confirm that.  I then found it in my recently acquired (unscanned) catalogs #15 and 16, but not in catalog #12. So we can say for certain that this jacket was only offered by Banana Republic in 1983 and early 1984.

That means it’s one of those rare pieces that pre-dates the GAP purchase and that makes it very cool to me. This is one of the reasons I love doing this blog. There’s lots of vintage BR stuff out there and it’s really helpful to know what’s really unusual, and it’s nice to have a (hopefully) easy way to look something up and place it in time. Thanks for sharing, Maria!

Banana Republic Catalog 17 Winter 1984, Weatherproof jacket, Field Jacket, French Navy Socks, Safari Rain Hat





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