Gurkha Shorts and Gurkha Pants

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 as the design of the famous Gurkha Shorts, and were in some cases shown on the same page. I just thought that if there were Gurkha Shorts of COURSE there were Gurkha Pants. “Dashing on men and quite flattering on women,” these timeless designs were from a bygone age but felt right at home in the 80s. They were a part of the BR line for many years, even preceding the GAP.

The summer 1985 catalog shows both the British Army Drill Trousers and the Gurkha Shorts.
These Drill Trousers have a large Banana Tag in them. See the Tag and Logo Guide.
This 1980 catalog features the original 1950s British surplus, sold here as Five Pocket Safari Pants.
The 1982 Sales Flyer shows an “Authentic Safari Short”, presumably the surplus precursor to the mass produced Gurkha Short.
A later issue pair of Gurkha shorts. Note the Banana Republic Travel and Safari tag.

A look at the belt and the button-fly on a Gurkha short.
Mid-1980s Gurkha shorts have a special Made in Zimbabwe Purple Elephant tag .

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.

1 Comment

  • Thomas Thompson on May 19, 2020

    Thank you for sharing wonderful memories. For so long, I thought I was the only one.

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