Banana Republic stores were each lavishly decorated with authentic vintage items as well as custom made items that reflected colonial safari and travel themes. Each store famously had a surplus Army Willy Jeep in the window, and often large museum quality animals such as elephants. The shoplifting detectors were disguised in large tusks framing the doors and some stores had tusks for door handles. We’d like to share these items from our collection and encourage other collectors to submit their finds (or sell to us!) Collecting BR store items is a specialized and often expensive hobby. Items are rare and highly prized. Presumably, when stores were transitioned their displays were carted off by employees, perhaps sold at auction, possibly simply discarded, so they are out there somewhere waiting to surface. (WHERE are all the JEEPS?)
About The Author
Robyn AdamsRobyn'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 a designer and illustrator with her own business Secret Fan Base . She's been collecting and archiving at Abandoned Republic since 2011.
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