Shopping Safari! “Banana Republic Guide” Employee Vests and Shirts

Check out this March 2019 eBay Auction for a rare BR Guide Shirt

One of the more fun items to collection are store employee “guide” vests and shirts. These are either hooded bush vests or Expedition shirts with a silk-screened stars and bananas emblem labeled Banana Republic Guide. Probably one of the coolest and highest quality retail “uniforms” ever! 



I first heard about these when I found an old Craigslist ad selling one. The hunt was on! Eventually I had three different samples and I’ve seen other variations, including a black shirt.

This employee helping a customer is NOT wearing one of the official Banana Republic Guide vest, but she should be! (1988 Press photo from my personal collection)


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

  • Sebastian Hernandez on January 14, 2020

    Love the catalogs and have a few of my own. Love and miss those times with destinations without multitudes and malls.

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