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.
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.
Sketches from the Banana Republic L'Wren Scott Collection
Bold prints are one of the chicest things about the Banana Republic L’Wren Scott Collection. All three original prints—dramatic lips, romantic peonies and candy stripes—were created exclusively for the collaboration and are featured prominently throughout. Collection debuts December 5th.
Get a behind-the-scenes peek at our holiday collection with Vice President of Men’s Design Michael Anderson and Acting Head of Women’s Design Melloney Birkett. Learn what inspired them as they were curating our street of shops.
Q. What was the inspiration for the street of shops?
Michael Anderson: We were inspired by ski-town shopping—you find amazing boutiques that have all these items you have to have.
Melloney Birkett: We love the idea of each individual boutique telling a different story and trend.
Q. What trends are important for this holiday season, and what shops can you find them in?
MA: The trends for holiday are what we based the shops around: you can find modern graphic in the Black & White Shop, festive plaids and tartans in the Plaid Shop and color, gifting and Nordic Fair Isle in the Après Ski shop.
MB: A range of neutrals in cables, fur and Fair Isles highlighted in the Shimmer and Luxe Shops. Unexpected color combinations in sweaters found in the Candy Shop. And always chic animal prints in the season’s must-have accessories in the Print Shop.
Q. What’s your favorite shop and why?
MA: The Black & White Shop. I think it’s a modern take on holiday with the texture, cables and graphics.
MB: I’d have to say it’s the Luxe Shop because it feels so aspirational. It also happens to hold my favorite piece of the season—the fur pullover!
Q. What’s a gift from the shops you’d give this year?
MA: From the Plaid Shop, I would gift the Luxe Brushed Twill Plaid Shirt. They have a great hand-feel and are heathered; and in the Après Ski Shop, the Cashmere Fair Isle Cardigan is the ultimate gift.
MB: From the Candy Shop the fabulous Smoking Slipper or the Colorblock Boatneck Sweater. It’s a tie! In Print Shop, the ocelot haircalf Ashbury Tote—hands down!
Q. What are you excited to add to your wardrobe?
MA: I love the flannel we add to tailoring this time of year. Our Monogram flannel is a wool-cashmere blend that is perfect.
MB: The Faux Fur Pullover and the Ashbury Tote in every color.
Q. Do you have any advice on how to shop for the most important people on your list?
MA: I like to buy luxe gifts that people wouldn’t get for themselves.
MB: I like to give the coziest and most luxe items—something I can envision them loving.
It may be four thousand years in the making but tartan is still as modern as it gets. For men, for women, on blazers, shirts, pants and ties, plaid is perfection for the season. Check out our Plaid Shop for a range of colorful patterns and pieces that are equal parts comfort and joy. Visit The Plaid Shop >
No need to wait for New Year’s Eve to shine. Making spirits bright is always a brilliant idea. And our Shimmer Shop is filled with pieces to make you a star. Icy metallic shifts, sequins to be seen in and sparkling jewels. Twinkle, twinkle >
The definitive one-two punch. Classic and bold. Textured and refined. This sophisticated color combo is always most wanted on our list. Filled with luxe cables, crisp shirting and stunning dresses, shop our Black & White Shop for a guaranteed knockout. The Black and White Shop >
‘Tis the season to strike it rich and layer on the luxe. Filled with wearable treasures like gilded jewels, accessories that shine and elegant faux fur, our Luxe Shop has everything you need to look smashing all the way. Get your luxe on >
Before, après or in between, it’s always time for Nordic-inspired style. That’s where our Après Ski Shop whooshes in. Slip on (and wrap up) chunky knits, cozy cables and Fair Isles in a mix of colorful hues. Ready, set, snow >
A surefire way to stand out from the pack? With animal prints that give a hint of surprise. Leopard spots to zebra stripes, roar into the season with our herd of stylish sweaters, faux fur and accessories. Go wild in the Print Shop >
Wonder what goes into redesigning the uniforms for an airline as cool as Virgin America? Watch the video below to see how 30 Banana Republic designers divided up into 6 teams to compete for the honor of upgrading the uniforms of the world’s most stylish airline.
Banana Republic & Virgin America: First Class Style
We’ve taken our modern-sleek style to new altitudes! Banana Republic is proud to have designed the fashionable new collection of utility-chic uniforms for Virgin America, America’s most stylish airline.
There are dozens of pieces, including accessories, for the crew to choose from. Get a sneak peek below or check them out on your next flight (starting Wednesday, August 8th).
Meet Ashley—In 16 colors, patterns and textures, our new Ashley ballet flats are a shoe-in. Arriving in stores next week, be on the look out for your new favorite pair or walk out with the whole collection.
1. Tortoise 2. Maize 3. Bronze 4. Flame Red 5. Houndstooth 6. Indigo 7. Leopard 8. Black 9. Oxblood 10. Gold 11. Orange 12. Grey Exotic 13. Marino 14. Pewter 15. New Cognac 16. Royal Blue
We thought it was about time to show you what went on behind the scenes at our July 2012 photo shoot. Check out a few snapshots of models Caroline Ribeiro and Noah MIlls on set with photographer Andreas Sjödin and the Banana Republic team.
1. A quick touch up. 2. Caroline in a fitting with stylist Laura Ferrara 3. Working (it) on set. 4. Noah at fitting. 5. Overseeing selects. 6. Creative Director Simon Kneen (center) reviewing outfit selections for the shoot with the BR team. 7. Our tailor Hans making alterations. 8. Getting the right shot. 9. Photographer Andreas Sjödin. 10. Noah sharing a smile on set.
Recently, InStyle caught up with Mad Men costume designer and Banana Republic Mad Men Collection collaborator Janie Bryant to get all the details on the women’s wardrobes from season five. We love the careful thought put into each outfit as it pertains to the characters and storylines.
Episode 9, Dark Shadows Megan Draper (Jessica Pare) and Betty Francis (January Jones)
“The costumes in that scene were really important to tell the story of these two different women and where their lives are now,” Janie Bryant told us. “We have Megan who is the new wife, the young wife, the modern wife, she’s very much in touch with what’s going on in fashion in contrast to Betty, who is uptight and conservative. I wanted Betty to have this classic ‘Betty blue’ scarf around her neck. It’s also about her being a politician’s wife and that facade of being perfect.”
For our Summer 2012 and Banana Republic Trina Turk Collection photoshoots, finding the right location was a crucial detail. Fortunately, we were able to photograph both campaigns at the famous Kaufmann Desert House in Palm Springs. We can’t think of any other place we’d rather be this summer.
Designed by Richard Neutra and built in 1946, the home gained fame for its mid-century architecture when it was photographed by Julius Shulman in 1947. The five-bedroom, five-bathroom house was built as a desert retreat for Kaufmann, and features large sliding-glass doors that open the home’s interior to outdoor patios that emphasize a connection to the desert landscape.
Kaufmann House photos by Julius Shulman, Juergen Nogai and Tim Street-Porter. Source.