Banana Republic

Banana Republic was founded in 1978 initially with a safari theme but Gap Inc. purchased them in 1983 and rebranded it to a more upscale clothing store. The company has 500 stores in the U.S and over 100 outside of the U.S.

Today Banana Republic is a premier destination for modern clothing, rooted in an explorer spirit.


The original Banana Republic was founded by Mel and Patricia Ziegler in 1978 and was originally called “Banana Republic Travel & Safari Clothing Company”. They opened their first store in Northern California.

Gap Inc. acquired Banana Republic in 1983, eventually re branding it as a mainstream luxury clothing retailer and phased out the safari theme.

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