Aviator’s Scarves

White Aviator’s Scarf

This is truly one of the ICONIC pieces from Banana Republic. Stylish and fun, it instantly transports you back to the era of the WWI Flying Ace.

By far the most common of the three Aviator’s is the white Army Air Forces scarf. White silk, measuring 13 inches across and nearly two yards long it was the perfect $24 accessory to go with your expensive leather Flight Jacket. Pick up a Goatskin Flight Helmet to go along with it!

A white Army Air Forces scarf in the original shipping bag. I love this so much!

Royal Blue or Khaki Aviator’s Scarves

A Royal Blue version of the Army Air Forces scarf was only offered in the Christmas 1984 catalog, so it’s quite rare. A khkai version is also mentioned in the Spring 1985 catalog.

The Blue Aviator’s Army Air Forces Scarf hangs around the neck of mascot Livingstone the Zebra in this photo of BR production artist Mike Madrid and darkroom manager Randy Parsons at the Bluxhome St. offices.

Khaki RAF Navigator Scarf

Sold only for a limited time, this Khaki scarf with white embroidery bears the insignia of the Royal Air Force.

The Khaki RAF Navigator Scarf was sold Spring 1985. The catalogue listing also says the did an Army Air Force scarf in Khaki but I’ve never seen one.

1989-90 Safari and Travel Tag Scarf

I don’t usually cover items from the post-Ziegler safari era, but I thought this was interesting. A white Aviator Scarf that says “Banana Republic” instead of “Army Air Forces”. The text style is the official style of the company in the first rebrand in 1989 and it has the Safari & Travel tag. The insignia is not as attractive in my opinion.

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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