This is the earliest Banana Republic piece we’ve documented and it’s a very exciting find. From the collection of Gary Pinkerton, this is the Bush Shirt from the 1982 Holiday catalog. This makes it a definitive pre GAP item, and as such it’s exciting to confirm that the Stars and Bananas tag was in use before Gap.
From the catalog: “A thinking man’s safari shirt, with authentic bellows pockets that hold a lot of 3×5 notecards, or other weighty things. Roomy fit in the shoulders and comfortable tailoring in the body help you endure tough challenges and/or cogitations. No skimping on this shirt. And the old-style khaki twill fabric looks better and better, the more you wash it (It’s built on the same principle as the twill in good denim.).”