Coat of Bananas Shirt

This is listed in the catalogue as the Banana Republic T-Shirt, but since that name is used on several items over the years I am calling this one the Coat of Bananas Shirt. Sold from Spring 1987-Spring 1988, this was a popular item judging by the number of them that show up on eBay and elsewhere. I like the design very much with it’s hand-drawn bananas and cross-hatch shading.

From the catalogue: “No republic can take itself seriously without a coat of arms–which is probably why our Minister of Regalia opted for a coat of bananas instead. This disarming philosophy also explains why we wear our badge of loyalty over our heart, rather than on our sleeve. in three colors that declare our neutrality.”

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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