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

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)

 

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