10th Anniversary Top Ten List!

It was a grand day when 35 vintage Banana Republic catalogs arrived at my house. That same week I picked up a vintage BR shoebox to keep them in and a Bi-Plane gift box.

Today marks the 10th Anniversary (!) of the start of the Abandoned Republic blog, when my collection first started with this wonderful haul pictured above. I can’t quite believe I’ve not only kept it going this long but that the tenth year has been the MOST productive, bringing plenty of new discoveries. I’m grateful to the friends I’ve made along the way who have contributed to the archive and especially to all the former BR folks who have generously given their knowledge and, in some cases, actual artifacts to the project.

Thanks to Kevin Sarkki, the first BR staff artist who helped me out with a wealth of information and images. Thanks to Mike Madrid, BR production artist who has been a great supporter of the blog and has sent me some exceedingly rare gems. Recently, we’ve been lucky to have former executive John Mavrakis commenting on our Instagram posts with wonderful insights and commentary.

Extra special thanks to Patricia and Mel Ziegler for their encouragement and support, your legacy continues to inspire all of us today.

In honor of our 10th Anniversary: Our Top Ten Most Iconic Banana Republic Items (your mileage may vary)

1. Old English Wildlife Engraving T-Shirts

2. The Israel Paratrooper Briefcase

3. Yukon Shirts

4. Army Air Forces Jacket

5. Expedition Flightsuits

6. Hooded Bush Vest

7. Kenya Convertibles

8. Bombay Shirt

9. Traveling Boots

10. Correspondent’s Jacket

About The Author

Robyn Adams
Robyn's fascination with Banana Republic began in 1984 when her Alaskan adventurer father began buying the clothing and giving her the catalogs. She loved the clothes and as an artist she was drawn to the illustrations. She went on to study illustration at art college in BR's hometown of San Francisco and worked for years as a background artist for animation. She is now based in Oakland, CA as a graphic designer and illustrator with Secret Fan Base . She's been collecting and archiving at Abandoned Republic since 2011.

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