Grip Bag

From the Summer/Fall 1986 catalogue: “Something about the word “grip” conjures up the sounds of steam engines and clattering horses’ hooves–travel by train or carriage, before the days of metal detectors. You simply threw your grip aboard and clambered up yourself. When you got off, the driver or conductor threw it down to you. We think our trusty Grip captures some of the romance of bygone travel, and we know it brings back much of the simple practicality. It holds enough for a weekend trip, fits under a seat, and it’s lightweight as a gym bag–in fact, it can double as one. It’s made of sturdy 100% cotton twill with cowhide trim, the handles carefully rolled around a cord and stitched tight. Side gussets, an amenity from the old days–keep things from falling out when it’s opened. Just throw it in the car (or the Cessna) and clamber aboard.”

Photos from eBay May 2021

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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