Banana Republic


Banana Republic was founded by Mel and Patricia Ziegler in 1978. The company started out by selling safari clothing; items like safari jackets and photographers’ vests populated the shelves. In 1983, Banana Republic was bought by Gap and the founders were left with creative control, expanding on the original safari theme until the stock market crash of 1987. Post-crash, Banana Republic became Gap’s higher-end, “business casual” store. For the past 30-plus years, Banana Republic has been the go-to for young adults fresh out of college looking for work-appropriate shirts and pants.

Is Banana Republic high end?
Banana Republic is not a luxury label, but is more high-end than brands like Gap.

Who owns Banana Republic?
Banana Republic is owned by Gap.

Is Banana Republic a fast fashion brand?
Yes, Banana Republic is a fast fashion brand.

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