Explore the Empire: Banana Republic History
This 1986 book from BR features a lot of photos of BR Stores as well as the Zieglers themselves. We have scans and video walkthrough of the book.
In Their Heyday: The Zieglers at Home and Office (more press below)
A fantastic look at the founders of Banana Republic in their prime. Metropolitan Home Magazine.
Staff Interviews: Kevin Sarkki, Catalog Illustrator
Hired by Patricia Ziegler at a starting wage of $5 an hour, Kevin was witness to the explosive growth of a mom-and-pop operation that would soon have over a million catalog subscribers and stores across the country and world. Kevin’s remembrances include a detailed account of how the catalogs came together-with so much hand drawn illustration rendered in printing techniques that are practically forgotten today.
Staff Interviews: Mike Madrid, Catalog Production Artist
Press Clippings from the Ages
Here’s a video clip from a Mel Zeigler speaking engagement in which he shares some great anecdotes from Banana Republic’s early days. Wish they’d have panned to the screen to show the photos!
This article from the San Francisco Chronicle‘s SFGate website features a number of wonderful photos from the newspaper’s archives.
Adweek: Before Banana Republic Was Mainstream Fashion, It Was a Weirdly Wonderful Safari Brand
Oprah has this: Amazing but True
Regarding the rebranding of Banana Republic: