Designed for a Life with No Boundaries

Banana Republic was born from two California creatives fueled by their explorer spirits. Curious, connected and out in the world, our clothing is designed for a life in motion.

We travel near and far searching for the finest materials and fabric innovations to induce style with substance—because we believe that what you wear should open a world of possibilities for a life with no boundaries. 

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Founded in 1978 as a shop for people with a passion for expedition wear from faraway places.

Banana Republic Store Front


In 1978, Banana Republic opened in Mill Valley, Calif. 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 and offered a unique, award-winning travel-oriented catalog 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 premier destination for modern clothing designed for a life with no boundaries and is rooted in our explorer spirit, and is a global lifestyle brand.

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At Banana Republic, we are committed to making better decisions about our products and practices – integrating sustainability into our designs, sourcing premium materials from around the world and reducing the environmental impact of each garment. We strive to be bold, curious, innovative and inclusive to help build a better world for people and the planet.

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The people that make up Banana Republic share the same qualities as our brand: curious, connected, undaunted by boundaries. Sound like you? Join us for the adventure of what’s next.