Banana Republic is one of the world's most recognisable clothing and accessories brands, but you may not know that they also have a popular line of fragrances.
The company was originally founded all the way back in 1978 by Mel and Patricia Ziegler. They did so with no expertise or experience in clothing, retail, catalogues or direct marketing. Instead, Banana Republic was to represent them by way of originality and freedom of expression.
Having started things off by repurposing old military clothing before later introducing a line of finely tailored, casual and natural fitting clothing. The brand grew rapidly, and while it never lost sight of that sense of freedom and originality, it boomed in popularity.
It was purchased by Gap in 1983 and has continued to grow in to one of the most loved clothing and accessories brands in the world today. In 2017, it launched the Banana Republic Icon range of fragrances. Consisting of seven carefully crafted scents for men and women, the name of each fragrance in the range includes a number which tips a nod to an important year in the history of the brand.
When looking through the Icon range, there is no other place to start than the Banana Republic 78 Vintage Green. The '78' part of the name does of course pay homage to the year in which the company was founded. It's described as a woody fragrance with undertones of green leaves and celebrates that ethos of originality and freedom of expression on which the company was created.
83 Leather Reserve is another popular fragrance among the Icon range. Banana Republic describe the year, 1983, as "a time of individualism, boldness and perpetual optimism for the future." It was also the year in which the company was purchased by Gap. The fragrance has scents of worn leather and cedar which are complimented by the sweet-smelling aromas of lemon zest and Tonka bean.
Next up is the Banana Republic 90 Pure White. 1990 was a time when the company brand really began to find a wider appeal and the fragrance carries a clean, subtle and slightly sensual feeling. It's a real classic and uses lavender and musk to create a clean scent which includes notes of green tea, bergamot, grapefruit and jasmine.
The 06 Black Platinum is a homage to 2006 and a year which saw a return to sleek style and design. Boasting a combination of citrus flowers with moss and leather, Banana Republic 06 Black Platinum is a sophisticated, urban and modern scent that will appeal to those who hold their fashion sense in high regard.
East truly meets west with the 17 Oud Mosaic which harnesses scents from all over the world. Fruity aromas from the west, warm and smoke aromas from the Middle East and beautiful Asian flowers combine to terrific effect with this popular fragrance.
To see the full Banana Republic Icon range for yourself, browse the products below and click in to each one to find out more information.