Costa Brava Shirt

Spring 1986

Like so many candies in a jar, the Costa Brava shirt leaped off the page of the catalogues with an array of appealing colors, tropical and neutral. The relaxed, short sleeved casual shirt debuted in Spring 1986 and ran until 1988. It has no epaulettes and no closure on its large chest pockets. It was made for both men and women.

From the Summer 1988 catalogue, the Costa Brava shirt paired with the Trinidad Shorts and an Apocryphal Affiliate tank top.

From the catalogue: “When the leveche blew up from North Africa, the heat became a palpable presence; getting dressed was a singular nuisance. The only shirt we wanted to wear was this one: loosely cut, open-necked, breathable yet destructible. On the beach at Alicante we wore the vivid tropical colors: when we returned to conservative (but equally sweltering) Madrid, we picked proper urban neutrals. And while all about us sweated and cursed the unforgiving Mediterranean sun, we remained cool, unwrinkled, completely at one with the elements.”

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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