Key Years: 1978-1983
Price Range: $20-$160 on eBay
What started as a couple's labor of love turned into a business of reproducing high-quality gear worthy of safaris. Launched in 1978, Banana Republic started out with cool workwear-inspired gear like safari jackets, sturdy chinos, and hats made for the jungle. After it was bought by The Gap in 1983, quality went down considerably. If you run into any pieces where the tag actually contains bananas, or says "Banana Republic Safari & Travel Clothing Co.," it's a vintage piece worth closer inspection, and not some mall brand throwaway. Worth paying attention to are their awesome Safari Jackets, which combine an M-65 with dressier details like a pointed collar.