Vintage Banana Republic Wildlife Engraving T-Shirts

T-shirts don’t get a ton of play around these parts, as the only time they seem to get any wear are in very casual situations.  I’m a collar guy, as are most of my counterparts – especially in public.  For me, the t-shirt quartile measurement is a body of water, gym equipment, yardwork, and/or an afternoon on the couch.  Today, besides the updated Fraternity-style t-shirts, most t-shirts today are some sort of graphic, v-neck, ‘fashion forward’ design that isn’t my style.  At all.

There are some t-shirts that I miss dearly.  I don’t know what made me think of it, but near the top of the list are the old Banana Republic Wildlife Engraving t-shirts.  These were extremely popular in the late 80’s and 90’s when Banana Republic rated a ZERO on the metro-sexual scale.  They were actually a mall-based safari company, and made some GREAT stuff.  Side note: if you find any of the old labeled Banana Republic safari gear at Goodwill, it is 100% legit.  Totally worth it.  A catalog from 1984:

The old Banana Republic storefronts…at the mall:

Obviously you can’t find these t-shirts anymore, so this is a bit of a nostalgic post.  Here is the rundown from an old catalog:

Here’s some customer feedback for Banana Republic:  Why not do a line of your vintage safari wear for Fall?  I could see it being a huge hit: heavy duty khakis in an updated fit, a cool military-esque jacket, some Earthy bold plaid shirts with double pockets, some four button sweaters, and these t-shirts.  Boom.  Call it the Red Clay Soul Capsule.

Who remembers these?

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  • Brad05/13/2016 - 9:03 AM

    Love it.ReplyCancel

  • Nem Howard05/13/2016 - 9:26 AM

    Banana Republic of the 1980’s cannot be topped! I was in my teens then and remember those small catalogs with great illustrations and gear inside. Bought a Flying Tiger leather bomber jacket to take with me to college in fall of 1986 along with the elephant and giraffe t-shirts.ReplyCancel

  • Trip05/13/2016 - 10:30 AM

    Man, I miss these. And I don’t even wear t-shirts anymore.ReplyCancel

  • MRS05/13/2016 - 11:08 AM

    I worked in leadership at a BR store nine years ago, and we were closing out the last remaining of these. I snagged a few but they don’t fit and I ended up giving them away. Would love to see them return – talk about about a company with no direction. It’s not even worth walking through the men’s section anymore, though the wife can always find a few nice things. The men’s division needs a serious overhaul but I wouldn’t expect much. Shame.ReplyCancel

  • Thomas05/15/2016 - 12:37 AM

    Where do y’all find xl or xxl fit golf hats? Does anyone else have this problem?ReplyCancel

  • jp11/16/2017 - 7:36 PM

    duuuude!! I loved these shirts – i think i must have went over 15-20 pairs from 1985 – 1991, correct me if i’m wrong don’t they have a cigarette pocket in the front left side?ReplyCancel



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