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Blog Spotlight: Abandoned Republic

September 6, 2012

Part of an occasional (aka when I feel like it) series spotlighting other blogs I think are worth visiting:

Scott C. Adams is an Oakland-based illustrator/animator who has a teeny obsession with vintage Banana Republic. By vintage I mean the early safari-clothing Banana Republic of the 70s and 80s when it was run by the Zieglers. A few years back, Adams started the blog Abandoned Republic focusing on the great illustrated catalogs the company used to publish. It’s become an online archive, with scans of many complete catalogs available for viewing. Of particular note is the recent 3-part interview Scott did with Mike Madrid, former production artist and later art director for the catalogs–parts 1, 2, and 3.

images courtesy Abandoned Republic

A spread from a 1985 catalog. Look at the price on the French military sweatshirt and where it’s made. Can’t get that at Banana anymore.

  1. Suzanne Daroczy permalink
    September 14, 2012 1:57 pm

    Just wish Banana Republic was still the same with the special illustrated catalogs. I miss the quality. The Gap has changed it to cheap. Clothing will never be the same. Suzanne

    • September 14, 2012 11:00 pm

      Me too. I walk into Banana every so often, but nothing truly grabs me. It feels very “safe”. Even the Heritage line feels a little off, though it is supposedly inspired by the old stuff. Not sure if going back to the old Banana Republic would necessarily be the right move for them, but something has to change.

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