Leather and Linen Document Bag

This fine bag debuted in Fall 1984 and running until Summer 1987 when it was replaced by the Canvas and Leather Document Bag. It remains today an essential bag for me. Banana Republic was ahead of its time in creating the perfect smart phone bags.

From the catalogue: “A portable outside pocket that leaves hands free while keeping safe your passport, currency, traveler’s checks, credit cards, airline ticket. Slip your belt through the loop on the back, sling the bag cross-shoulder (bandolier-style) and it becomes as much a part of your clothing as your shoes or socks–this no danger of leaving it on plane or store counter. Made of the toughest, finest Russian oriental linen and leather specially tanned for strength. Pre-shrunk, leather and all; this machine washable.”

Natural Linen Version

The most common version is the Natural Linen which was offered from 1984-1987.

Olive Version

Offered only in Summer 1987, the Olive version was the last before the bag was replaced by the when it was replaced by the Canvas and Leather Document Bag.

In Summer 1987 the bag was offered in Olive.

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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