Summer 1981 Catalogue

The Summer 1981 Catalogue is entirely illustrated by Patrica Gwilliam and Mel Ziegler, with Patricia still using her maiden name. As with all catalogues prior to 1984 it’s a duo-tone print of black and tan on natural paper stock.

The stock in these early catalogues is always changing yet feels really consistent. A company on the move, there is a small notice anticipating the upcoming opening of the San Francisco Store on Polk Street.

In addition to the Banana Republic logo shirts and gear there are “Wild & Revolutionary T-Shirts” in white with black silk screen printing of designs by Patricia.

The pages on Egyptian cotton have a small cartoon of the process to make the fabric and there’s a safari portrait of the founders as well.

Laying the foundations for future glory, the catalogue introduces the Yukon Shirt, one of the longest lasting, most popular items in the company’s history. They dyed the shirts themselves, according to the “Wild Company” memoir in an attempt to get some color into their khaki tan empire. Similarly dyed t-shirts are promoted on the back cover.

Another time-tested design makes and appearance, the Bush Jumpsuit. The notation from the tiny clothing company assures “We ship promptly. Sherrie sees to it.”

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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