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Vintage 1986-88 Banana Republic Safari Travel Bush Vest Men's Size L



Vintage 1986-88 Banana Republic Safari Travel Bush Vest Men's Size L

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A little history is in order for any of the original Banana Republic garments. The Hooded Bush Vest is one of the few items that was present pretty much all the way through the Banana Republic catalog run. It is featured in my earliest catalog, Holiday 1982, and probably dates back even earlier. It was in the final fall 1988 catalog and every catalog in between. The size of the map pocket on the back changed over the course of the run. Early vests (through Holiday 1985) had a full size pocket across the back, large enough to carry a road atlas. Later versions (Spring 1986 and beyond) have a smaller pocket on the lower back that is big enough for a folded map.Khaki is the most common followed by Olive. White and blue are least common. Examples of this vest have been found in a rusty red color that was not advertised in the catalog.The version that I have for sale is the one with the smaller pocket on the lower back dating it to 1986. It is Men's size Large and is Khaki in color. I bought this new in 1987. It has served me well for many years while covering numerous launches down at the Kennedy Space Center when I was a journalists.It is in remarkably good condition for being over thirty years old. It shows very slight signs of wear. No tears or holes which is a testament to how well BR made their original gear. MEASUREMENTS [in inches unless noted otherwise]:Shoulder to shoulder laid flat: approx 18"Pit to Pit laid flat: approx 22.5"Waist laid flat: approx 22"Hips laid flat: approx 22.25"Length [Shoulder to hem]: approx 27.25" The story of the Banana Republic is an amazing one. Founders Mel & Patricia Ziegler did an amazing thing beginning in 1978 in Mill Valley, California. Sadly, when the GAP purchased them in 1983, this marked the beginning of the end for them. The flavor of the original brand lasted for about another 5-6 years but starting in the 1990s, they moved away from what made them unique. Now they are just another clothing store. This item is sold as is as shown in the photos. Please feel free to ask any questions before your bid.