1980 Fall/Winter and Gift Catalogues

This 1980 Fall/Winter catalogue features the first cover with a classic product still life scene. Patricia Gwilliam Ziegler spent a lot of time on this wonderful drawing of an African cabin filled with luggage and clothing, his and hers safari jackets hung upon the door and Mel’s typewriter in the corner next to a camera and other accessories. The booklet is 24 pages, the same as the previous Catalogue #4. It is un-numbered and it was followed by a “Gift Catalogue” that is identical inside. The Gift Catalogue is assumed to be for the Christmas shopping season.

There is quite a bit of turnover in product from #4, due I think with so many of the surplus goods being in limited supply and selling out fast. Notably missing is the All-Night flightsuit and BR yellow t-shirt. There are less items per page, as a number of pages are dedicated to just one piece. The drawings of some of the clothing are especially nice.

I’m sorry I can’t provide scans, the catalogue is in mint condition and I don’t want to break the spine by opening it and laying it flat. I’m presenting here a selection of highlights, not the entire catalogue.

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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