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Vintage - Banana Republic Full Cape 100percent Wool - Republic of Vintage

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Vintage - Banana Republic Full Cape 100percent Wool - Republic of Vintage

I call this my Fantasy Cape, It reminds me of the capes worn in the Lord of the Rings movies. I bought this Cape from Banana Republic in California in the mid 80's. I wore it several times while traveling, it worked great when I was going throrgh several different weather changes. I used it as a blanket on those long flights and it kept my purse safely tucked away from pickpockets in crowed areas. It is still in perfect condition! It is warm; it is heavy and all wool. I think it was named the French Lieutenants Woman’s Cape, however, I am not sure and if you know the movie you can see that these are not the same, hers was a black velvety type of cape. It was sold in one size only, and there are two extra buttons sewn inside, there is no lining.
These approximate measurements were taken while it was laying flat, please double check measurements before purchasing;

4 large buttons 1" across
Neck to hem 45"
Across shoulders measurement 25"

Banana Republic began in the late 70’s by Mel and Patricia Ziegler (husband and wife), who traveled extensively. Safari adventure and travel was a hot theme in the 80’s, movies like “Indiana Jones”, and “Out of Africa” fueled the desire for Banana Republic clothing. The retail stores themselves took on a safari\/adventure theme with bamboo lined walls and elephant tusks decorating the doorways. They specialized in comfortable travel clothes, which were stylish, with a sense of adventure and fun. The company changed in many ways after Mel and Patricia stepped away, by 1990 the original label had changed to a simple grey one, and the focus became upscale luxury clothing. Vintage Banana Republic will have actual bananas on the label, along with a star and the words Banana Republic (sometimes also Mill Valley California).

“Republic of Vintage” items are vintage, 80’s or older and have been previously worn and stored in closets\/boxes for a long time, some items may show light to moderate wear. I will note major defects. I have repaired some obvious tears or stains, I will make note of such in the listing. Some clothing are clipped back to fit the (small) mannequin so please check measurements before buying. This maybe news to some of you but there is really no industry standardizing when it comes to size. Also the manufactures have changed the sizing over the years. Please make sure the garment will fit you, double check the measurements and compare measurements between this item and a similar one from your closet.

I was in college during the 80’s and my degree? Oh Yes, FASHION!, so many of these “Republic of Vintage” items came from my own closet, or they are items I have obtained and collected through exhaustive searching at estate sales and such over the years.

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Vintage - Banana Republic Full Cape 100percent Wool - Republic of Vintage


  • Materials: wool, cape
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