Bombay Shirt

Bombay Shirt

The Bombay Shirt was available for a long time, from 1982-1988 in the catalogs that I know of. The distinctive light cotton shirt sports no less than seven pockets with buttons: Two on each sleeve and three on the chest. It came in a dizzying array of colors over the years, usually offered in the range of khaki/natural/chambray blue but also purples, wines, oranges, salmons and teals. The Bombay cotton fabric is indeed light and airy as advertised.

This Navy blue example is in it’s original shipping bag. It is shown with the original pencil drawing for the Bombay Shirt from fall 1984 catalogue. There were several different drawings of the shirt used over the years (see gallery at bottom of page).
Fall 1987
Winter 1987
Winter 1982

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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