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Banana Republic, not that bad

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by deveandepot1, Nov 4, 2009.

  1. Captain Winky

    Captain Winky Senior member

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    Well, at least you're true to the original BR concept....

    "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, hand illustrated 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. As Banana Republic expanded its retail operation, it became known for the themed decoration in its stores, often featuring authentic elements, such as real Jeeps and foliage, as well as atmospheric elements, such as fog and steam."


    Is the original BR the inspiration for the J. Peterman catalogue?
     
  2. celery

    celery Senior member

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    i am posting in a 14 page thread about banana republic

    12 of them courtesy of jet.
     
  3. lastlight

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    I don't see how people say their slim fit is slim fit. Fit's like a cardboard box.
     
  4. Scrounger

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    I think what some of you need to realize is that BR is one of the few stores that you can get anything in a Tall size. A lot of people, like myself, need the extra arm and body lengths this affords. In terms of national chains, the main ones that carry Tall sizes in large quantities are BR, GAP, JCrew and Polo. So while it may be harder to find good looking stuff at BR these days then it used to be, a lot of us will still check the stores and website out and buy the brand when we do find good looking stuff just to get things that fit.

    You can go on and on about the the brands you love and say how much better they are then anything BR carries, but if they don't make clothes that fit taller people they are not an option.


    Bingo. I'm 6'2" and can't buy a shirt anywhere except from these retailers, plus LL Bean and Lands End.
     
  5. supermidget

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    aside from the ill-fitting clothing, I do like BR's outerwear.
     
  6. Superb0bo

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    Bingo. I'm 6'2" and can't buy a shirt anywhere except from these retailers, plus LL Bean and Lands End.
    Huh? Im over 6´3 (180lb) and dont own a single tall size. I advice at looking at more modern/designer brands (hah, you never thought youd hear that from me). For example, Our Legacy have long enough sleeves in L for me.
     
  7. Scrounger

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    Huh? Im over 6´3 (180lb) and dont own a single tall size. I advice at looking at more modern/designer brands (hah, you never thought youd hear that from me). For example, Our Legacy have long enough sleeves in L for me.

    Sleeves aren't usually the problem, it's the length through the torso. Can't keep them tucked in. On shirts with buttons, it seems the bottom-most one is always above my belt, or soon is after the first wash. Likewise, knit shirts only extend a couple inches below the beltline, if that. Maybe I just need to hitch up my trousers more!

    Speaking of sleeves, I like BR's light outerwear jackets when substantially discounted, but the sleeves do seem pretty long. I just got their Baracuta clone and it's nice enough for 100% polyester, but the sleeves cover half my hand!
     
  8. sccoopy

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    I don't see how people say their slim fit is slim fit. Fit's like a cardboard box.


    Their slim cut shirts are very inconsistent. Some fit perfectly, some are very boxy, but for those boxy ones, if I size down, I get perfect fit. Overall, the materials suck, but I can always get very good fit.
     
  9. Big Pun

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    I've never got a goodslim fit, and my drop isn't even that big. BR just feels so, I dunno, castrated I guess. Same with the Crew, and Gap.
     
  10. zissou

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    The only BR I can manage to wear these days (and I used to wear head to toe BR, if you can believe that) is the pima cotton briefs. So nice.
     
  11. Jr Mouse

    Jr Mouse Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Huh? Im over 6´3 (180lb) and dont own a single tall size. I advice at looking at more modern/designer brands (hah, you never thought youd hear that from me). For example, Our Legacy have long enough sleeves in L for me.

    I'm 6'6" and find that a lot of brands even in an XL are not long enough for my arms. Some people have different builds then others and longer arms, I guess. That said, I find it hard to believe that anyone 6'3" could get away with a normal L in most brands.
     
  12. Superb0bo

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    ^^depends on what you mean with "most brands". Stuff like RL and LL bean will definitly (or mostly) be too short in the sleeves, while OL as mentioned, or EG works just fine. H&M shirts usually have really long sleeves aswell.
     
  13. deveandepot1

    deveandepot1 Senior member

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    You'd have to be pretty old to remember that. And a former BR shopper. Of which I am neither.

    I thought you loved BR.
     
  14. Jr Mouse

    Jr Mouse Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I thought you loved BR.

    For all the hate the store gets on this forum, people forget that not that long ago BR was the go to place for men's fashion in it's price range. At the same time, back then, most people here wouldn't have been caught dead walking into something like a JCrew...

    Anyways, I stand by my theory that they are going to reinvent the brand when they are done fixing Gap's image.
     
  15. Jakesteraholic

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    bought a pair of BR that i fucking hate and want to kill myself for buying


    i'm too skinny for their "modern" fit
     
  16. bows1

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    The only BR I can manage to wear these days (and I used to wear head to toe BR, if you can believe that) is the pima cotton briefs. So nice.
    +1 love them. edit - their new vintage straight fit chinos have a great fit to them.
     
  17. TintoTerra

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    Both the trousers and the outerwear can be pretty good in some cases. Still would rather buy the clothes they were originally modeled off of though. [​IMG]
     
  18. landshark

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    +1 love them. edit - their new vintage straight fit chinos have a great fit to them.
    I bought these on discount, i.e. ~ $25. Light khaki brown striped, and incredibly narrow. Totally worth it. Also their modern fit is incredibly boxy and baggy. The tailored fit suit is a dream though.
     
  19. XeF4

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    I do like some of the Heritage line.
     
  20. lastlight

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    I bought these on discount, i.e. ~ $25. Light khaki brown striped, and incredibly narrow. Totally worth it.

    Also their modern fit is incredibly boxy and baggy. The tailored fit suit is a dream though.


    Should try their tailored fit. I was really put off with modern fit, I'm a fatso and it was still too baggy.
     

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