Pamplona Shirt

Whoever wrote the copy for the Pamplona shirt was channeling Hemingway in a serious way. From the Spring 1987 catalogue: “It was hot and fine in the plaza. The American sat at his usual table. “The ordinary,” he said to the waiter, who was young and sleepy and nervous. The waiter was thinking about the bulls. The American was not thinking about the bulls. He was thinking about what el viejo had told him. “Your shirt is not the white shirt of tradition,” el viejo had said. “But it is a good shirt, smooth and cool and strong. The stripes are straight and true. They match the pockets. It is good, to match the pockets.” The American threw down a handful of pesetas. The sun was hot, but the striped shirt was cool. The bull could wait. He picked up a package from the table. In the package there was another striped shirt. El viejo would not smile when he opened it, the American thought, but his eyes would shine with joy. There was satisfaction in that.”

Thanks to Neal Moore for his pictures.

Olive version from eBay June 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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