The Linen and Calfskin Suspenders were only offered in the Holiday 1986 Catalogue, and the only pants with suspender buttons were the Covert Twill Trousers in the same issue. From the catalogue: “To some, a belt is merely a constricting device; suspenders do the same job while allowing greater comfort and better drape of one’s trousers. Our “braces”, in the classic style, manage to seem simultaneously serious and lighthearted. The twilled linen straps and leather stirrups suspend two pairs of buttons in the front, one pair in the back (offering a vastly more secure grip than metal alligator clips). Unlike the attention-hungry university men who once wore suspenders in their college colors, we’ve made ours in the low-key hues of our ever-neutral republic.”

Photos courtesy Wendy Jaffe who found a set in the original box. BR included a small bag of suspender buttons to attach to trousers.

This set is marked size 1 for persons under 5’11”. There were two sizes available.

Size 2 from my 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.

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