Piecing together the history of the Golden age of Banana Republic is a hit or miss proposition, but here’s what I’ve found so far. If you have any photos in your personal collection please share, it’s especially great to remember what the stores looked like.
This 1986 book from BR features a lot of photos of BR Stores as well as the Zieglers themselves.
Hired by Patricia Ziegler at a starting wage of $5 an hour, Kevin was witness to the explosive growth of a mom-and-pop operation that would soon have over a million catalog subscribers and stores across the country and world. Kevin’s remembrances include a detailed account of how the catalogs came together-with so much hand drawn illustration rendered in printing techniques that are practically forgotten today.
Think you remember the Banana Republic catalog? Here’s how it looked in the earliest days before most of us had heard of them.
Mike was the production artist responsible for the layout and printing of nearly every BR Catalog from 1984-1988. He describes the process of creating and printing the catalog and shares behind the scenes memories of the rise and fall of the Ziegler era of Banana Republic.
The Press Room: News Articles About Banana Republic
Here’s a video clip from a Mel Zeigler speaking engagement in which he shares some great anecdotes from Banana Republic’s early days. Wish they’d have panned to the screen to show the photos!
And lastly, Oprah has this: Amazing but True
Regarding the rebranding of Banana Republic:
1997: New Republic