Bushman’s Shirt

Debuting in the Fall 1985 Catalogue: “For trekking the Outback, adventurous Aussies like to rely on the durability of tough cotton twill. But most twill, until washed a few times, feels stiff. How to improve on a good thing? Weave a 100% cotton gabardine–a twill so fine it soothes the skin. Then pre-wash it for superior softness. The fabric is a thought from the fastidious French; Uncle Sam’s brilliant tailors, we’re proud to say, inspired the detailing. A A truly international shirt that brings portable luxury wherever your travels may take you.”

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.

1 Comment

  • Thomas Paul Flood on July 16, 2021

    This was my favourite shirt. Bought at the Key West store in ’87 (I think) … I had it copied while living in the south of Thailand. The material was the best, styling perfect. I am not sure now, but I think it was long sleeved. Well, I had the copies in Phuket, Thailand fashioned to long sleeve length. Thank you for the memory.

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