Artisan’s Nightshirt

Artisan’s Nightshirt

As seen in the 1985 Holiday catalogue.

As advertised: “At the turn of the century, British artisans-the empire’s potters, silversmiths, cabinetmakers-wore shirts made of the thickest, plushest traditionally stripped cotton flannel, woven 29 inches wide; the fabric was doubled and the shirt sized by cutting a hole for the neck. The resulting garment was more like a cozy place to live than a shirt-roomy, allowing freedom of imagination; soft and homey, assuring deepest outer satisfaction. We’re rediscovered it as a nightshirt. One need only look at British craftsmanship to know that it will make for the most creative, satisfying dreams. ”

From my collection, a mint, tagged example.
From the 1984 Holiday 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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