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 […]
Finding a packaged set of Banana Republic Ribbed Cotton Tights was a minor miracle! I love the unique camel artwork on the wrapper.
A Safari Dress was a staple of the women’s wardrobe for a long time. As you can see in the catalog gallery at the bottom of the page they switched from the fine Egyptian Cotton of the Safari Jackets to a slightly heavier “Naturalist’s cloth” later in the run. The photos on this page are […]
As advertised: “Patterned after a turn-of-the-century riding habit, our 100% Egyptian Cotton Safari Skirt is equally at home sidesaddle or astride (simply unbutton the front buttons for more legroom). Smoothly tapered over the hips, the skirt flares gently into a wide, mid-calf A line that’s ample yet not voluminous, a practical choice whether sitting or […]
Spotted on eBay, this rare 1986 Cotton Twill and Leather Six-Gore Skirt. Six gore is a particular cut of skirt made up of triangular “gore” panels to form a A line.
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 […]
I’ve never owned a leather skirt. It seems like a serious commitment (but this one is going cheap if size 8 is your friend). The Leather Walking Skirt was offered in the Fall and Winter catalogs in both 1986 and 1987. It pairs well with the Amelia Earhart jacket, obviously. Throw in the leather flying […]
This attractive and practical english leather wallet and keychain belt is so perfectly Banana Republic Travel and Safari I’m surprised it wasn’t a staple of the catalogs for years. Instead, as blog-reader Eli pointed out, this was only seen in late 1986 (Fall and Holiday Update). Note the classic BR logo stamp on the backside. […]
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 […]
I was delighted when the WordPress robots told me about Cynthia Closkey’s recent post about the Banana Republic “Weekend Dress” that was inspired by my upload of the Soviet Safari Catalog. It’s humorously accurate…. “Banana Republic is nothing like this now, as we know. Now, it’s more like eternal casual Friday at a law firm.”) […]
No Tigers were harmed in the creation of this blog post…not that I didn’t think long and hard about it…. “For the cat person of conscience” comes the Save-The-Tiger belt. Now, I can appreciate getting the message out that the Bengal tiger is endangered, (and remains so 25 years later) but one might think that […]
I always thought these leather and linen Traveling Boots were way cool. The leather cuff, the floppy linen shaft contained by criss-crossed leather straps. So class and perfect with everything. The leather and linen combination made for some great looking bags as well. Some photos of boots from earlier auctions: Catalog pages relating to this […]
Below are all of the catalog pages in the archive that feature Women’s Belts. See also the Save-The-Tiger Belt
This page contains scans of every catalog page in this archive page featuring jackets for Women. Select any page and scroll through. Photo Gallery: Equestrienne Jacket