• True outfitters of modern American style

  • True outfitters of modern American style

  • True outfitters of modern American style

Our Heritage

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 continues to outfit those on the modern journey of life.  From harnessing the urban safari to getting a promotion to living out one’s dreams, our customers will be perfectly dressed for every step of the way.