In 1978, Banana Republic opened in Mill Valley, Calif. as a shop for people with a passion for adventure 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 “adventurer” in all of us. Today, Banana Republic is a premier destination for timeless clothing with a modern twist, designed for adventures near and far. Rooted in our explorer spirit, Banana Republic continues to be an iconic global lifestyle brand, revered for its innovation and unique expression.