As advertised: “At the turn of the century, British artisans-the empire’s potters, silversmiths, cabinetmakers-wore shirts made of the thickest, plushest traditionally stripped cotton flannel, woven 29 inches wide; the fabric was doubled and the shirt sized by cutting a hole for the neck. The resulting garment was more like a cozy place to live than […]
The Photojournalist Vest was staple of Banana Republic until well-past the catalog era. What’s most surprising to me is that there were catalogs when it WASN’T included. (Spring-Fall 1986) It is ubiquitous on eBay to this day, as many were sold and they never wore out. Version One Version One of the vest debuted in […]
I love, love, LOVE the Apocryphal Affiliates Shirts. The series of 4 was only sold in the summer 1986 catalog, and advertised as being in limited quantities and very rarely show up on eBay. The team at BR must have had a ball inventing these fictional colonialist sporting clubs and creating logos for each of […]
A follower on Facebook sent me these photos and I said, “Oh, yeah! I’ve been meaning to do a post about Gurkha Pants!” Well, the first thing I learned was they are NOT CALLED Gurkha Pants! They were sold as British Army Drill Trousers. They have the same cross over, built-in belt at the waist […]
Pages featuring posed clothing collections, called “Wardrobing” images. Featured in the front of the catalogs and usually built around the theme of the issue, they sparked the imagination both for fashion and travel. I always loved these well-dressed invisible couples and was gifted two colored pencil illustrations from the catalogs drawn by artists Nick Backes […]
Sporting eleven pockets in high quality Egyptian cotton this sport coat was designed to look good under any circumstances and carry just about everything you’d need to overthrow a small country. Current Ebay Auction
Keeping track of the various shirts BR made can be tricky. At first glance they often look the same. The key feature in the Expedition Shirt is the angled pocket flaps. These photos are from a May 2013 eBay listing.
The BR Ventilated Shirt was originally manufactured for the British Army for use in tropical outposts. The cotton shirt is soft and light with an intricate weave to allow breathability. Introduced in 1984 it was sold in both short and long sleeves until 1988. Interestingly, the earliest long-sleeved “Authetic British” version was made in […]
The Naturalist’s Shirt was a staple of the brand from 1983-1988 and is distinguished from other BR shirts by front pockets that do not have closure flaps. Most commonly, these shirts have smooth dark copper snaps rather than buttons. However, they did switch to buttons for a brief time in 1986, and then brought the […]
Introduced in the Fall 1985 “Notes from the Outback” catalog, the Bushman’s Raincoat is one of the more distinctive items BR produced. It’s about as dramatic and interesting as a raincoat gets and will make you look like you stepped right out of the 1982 Aussie film “Man From Snowy River” (my own mother’s favorite […]
The Hooded Bush Vest is one of the few items that was present pretty much all the way through the Banana Republic catalog run. It is featured in my earliest catalog, Holiday 1982, and probably dates back even earlier. It was in the final fall 1988 catalog and every catalog in between. The size of […]
Maria, a fan of my Facebook page posted this picture yesterday to show off her 1980s Banana Republic jacket. It wasn’t one I immediately recognized. It’s not the Bush jacket, or the Correspondent’s jacket, and certainly isn’t a Safari jacket. But it had a BIG LABEL, so we know it’s an older piece. Obviously, it’s […]
Life’s little mysteries… This catalog era coat came up on eBay and I’ve never seen it before. A khaki jacket with a bit of a windbreaker vibe and with a hood built into the collar, same as the Hooded Bush Vest. If it was in the catalogs I haven’t come across it yet, but that’s […]
This page contains scans of every catalog page in this archive featuring pants for Men. Select any page and scroll through.
This page contains scans of every catalog page in this archive featuring Shirts for Men. Select any page and scroll through.
Banana Republic made some classic hats. Hats so distinctive it took actual nerve to wear them in public. As the archive grows you’ll note that the Lambskin Flight Helmet was in inventory for many years. Only at BR could an Amelia Earhart helmet be a staple of the line.
Jackets is where it’s at. These are what seem to have survived the most to end up on eBay. Shirts and pants wear out and get donated, but a good jacket can haunt a closet for decades. I always wanted the Italian Waiter’s jacket. Something about it called to me. It had a faintly Sonny […]