Banana Republic Catalog #29 Fall 1986 The Inca Trail

Banana Republic Catalog 29 Fall 1986 Cover uncredited (Stein?)

Catalog 29, the Fall 1986 Catalog takes us On the Inca Trail with Mel and Patricia Ziegler. From start to finish, this a is a fantastic BR catalog, one of my personal favorites. The cover is a classic,  tightly rendered and harmonious in color and composition. The cover artists in uncredited, sadly, but our money is on Rob Stein.

The catalog as a whole is one of the best. It may be that I just favor autumn colors, but the color palette is really pleasing. Everything is fully rendered in the same style, there are no more holdovers from the earlier era, the whole thing is just really solid and pleasing.

The travelogue is also terrific, as Mel and Patricia acclimate to the high altitude and unfamiliar surroundings to embark on a walking trek through the Andes with their guide Pepe to the legendary and mysterious Macchu Picchu.

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.


  • Robert Stein III on April 20, 2015

    “our money is on Rob Stein.”
    You are indeed correct sir.

  • Robyn on June 2, 2015

    Thanks for the confirmation, Mr. Stein! It’s an amazing painting…

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