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With the holidays near, it’s the perfect time to pick the brain of long-time Banana Republic vet Roy Hunt, Senior Vice President, Global Stores and Operations. Learn about how our 8 Days of Giving campaign is bringing joy to the stores, his personal take on holiday gifting and more.

What’s your favorite place to be on Black Friday?

Any of our flagship stores. Visiting them instantly puts me in the holiday spirit with their always-beautiful décor and comprehensive merchandise assortments. This year, I’ll be at our Grant Street location in San Francisco.

What’s the coolest thing about our 8 Days of Giving Holiday campaign?

I love bringing joy to our customers with amazing store experiences– especially during the holidays. This campaign gives customers something extra-special, something they can’t get elsewhere. Plus, It’s our little way of saying thank you to them.

If you were a customer and didn’t work at BR, which 8 Days gifts would most excite you?

There are a few items that top my list!  I travel a lot for work, and personally, so the Virgin America discount would certainly be put to good use. I also spend a lot of time in Sonoma, and love good food and wine. Since I will be throwing or attending festive holiday soirees, the Cameron Hughes wine discount is worth a cheers. And I can’t forget the OPI nail polish—which would be perfect for tucking into my daughter’s stocking.  

What specific gifts are you personally most excited about?

I always love the fashion and trend pieces in our collection. This season, I can’t wait to buy our cobalt parka that was inspired by James Bond.

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How do you approach holiday shopping/gifting in your own life?

When buying gifts, I always think about what I love most about the person I’m gifting. I try to give something that adds a touch of luxury or style to their lives—something I know will make them smile.