On November 28, 1978, Banana Republic opened in Mill Valley, Calif. – right across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco – as a shop for people with a passion for safari and expedition wear from faraway places. Our founders were two progressive entrepreneurs who embodied the pioneering spirit of San Francisco. They loved to travel to collect the surplus clothing that outfitted the store. In addition to the Mill Valley store, Banana Republic offered a unique, award-winning travel-oriented catalogue referred to as a travelogue – to appeal to the “journeyman” in all of us.
In 1983, San Francisco-based Gap Inc. saw something special in Banana Republic and brought it into the Gap Inc. family, with a promise to keep its unique spirit alive. Today, Banana Republic is a global apparel and accessories brand. We are focused on delivering versatile, contemporary classics, designed for today with style that endures. We outfit those who see every day as full of opportunity and seek to make the most of every moment and opportunity. At Banana Republic, we believe in seeing life a little differently, taking it all in, adding to it, and making it your own. We live with style.