Quote:The original Banana Republic was founded by Mel and Patricia Ziegler in 1978. It was a two-store safari and travel-themed clothing company. The majority of sales came from its eccentric catalog, which presented high-end and unique items with chatty, usually fictional, backstories from exotic locations, as well as more pedestrian high-volume products deliberately spiced up with a similar treatment.
Gap Inc. acquired Banana Republic in 1983, eventually rebranding it as a mainstream luxury clothing retailer. The eccentric tourist-oriented items were phased out and were replaced with more luxurious items for which the brand is currently known
That being said, the inside label and production country (Singapore) don't look to be from the 78-83 pre-GAP era. I'd say early 90s or so. BR also did a Safari collection just last year in an effort to "get back to its root", so that's another possibility.
Anyway, cool vest. Not something I would wear, but cool regardless.