Banana Republic Has Bought My Love Forever

Jennifer Wright Banana Republic

My god, how Great is Banana Republic? Capitalizing the G was not a typo there. I think they are Great like the power of God is Great, or the way Tony the Tiger thinks Frosted Flakes are Great. They are my favorite company ever, and you should outfit your entire family in Banana Republic. I mean, if you want them to have happy lives at all.

Totally the best. No. Really. Their Mad Men Collection? Super awesome. Really, super awesome. It is. I am completely sincere when I say that. I love it. I think it’s a great homage to the 1960’s in fun, whimsical colors, and it’s inspired by “the country club set” so of course I love it.

I swear I am not saying that just because they flew me out to LA to see it. Would you like to see some pictures of my vacation? I have some pictures to show you!

This is a picture of the plane we flew out on! It has a Banana Republic logo on it.

This is a picture of the runway show they had on the plane! They had a runway show on the plane! They also had lobster rolls, and peanut brittle.

This is a picture of the hotel room I stayed in. It is the Mondrian. In that mirror, there is a television. I couldn’t figure out how to wok it, but I did discover that if you touched the lamps they turned on and off. Just anywhere. No switches. Not going to lie, it was confusing before I figured that out. What I’m saying is “this was probably the coolest hotel room I’ve ever stayed in.” You will also note I did not make the bed. That is because you don’t have to make beds in hotels. Fuck yeah, hotels.


This is a picture of the Calamari Salad at Asia de Cuba which is located in the Mondrian in LA. There used to be one in New York, but it closed, presumably because people realized that paying $35 for a salad is ridiculous. It was my favorite salad in the entire world, and I thought it was gone forever. It was not gone forever! I copied down the recipe (crispy calamari, bananas, cashews, raddichio, radishes, cilantro, orange seasame dressing) so there’s some possibility I can duplicate it at home, now.

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And here is a picture of the Mad Men fashion presentation party and the looks from the Mad Men collection…

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Which was attended by Kiernan Shipka (who plays Sally Draper on Mad Men) and Amy Smart and Janie Bryant. At which point I realized I had no idea what Amy Smart had been in other than The Butterfly Effect and it felt really troublesome to run over and say “I loved you in that dreadful movie” so I mostly drank scotch.

I think you get the gist. Seriously, this trip was amazing. The whole thing was pretty blissful and worry free and the lovely publicists have handled food and transportation and just about everything you’d ever want.

Basically, it was the kind of trip that, if you accepted it from a man, would carry with it the assumption that you were not only going to sleep with him, but that you were going to really enjoy doing so.

End result: I’m never going to say anything bad about Banana Republic. Ever. Not on TheGloss. Not ever.  They are my favorite republic. I wish I could live there, in the Republic of Banana, where all is luxury and beauty and joy and scotch based cocktails.

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    • JaneM

      I can absolutely believe that bloggers get perks. However, I can’t believe you took that pink dress when the cream one with the grey belt would look so much better on you.

      • Jennifer Wright

        There were no free dresses! Integrity still hanging on! But yes, if there were, I would have taken that cream one.

    • Dan

      Jen, you are too good to become a style blogger. Don’t go down that dark path.

    • Fabel

      Take me next time?

      Also, yeah, I’d totally tan & diet before accepting any proposals to become a vampire. And make sure my skin was blemish-free and, I guess, shave?

      • Jennifer Wright

        I would worry a lot about the vampire-becoming offer expiring though, so I’m thinking I’d master cleanse (something I would never do as a human). You can’t expect creatures of darkness to stick around forever.

      • K

        One of the most appealing things about becoming a vampire is that you become the absolute perfect physical conception of yourself regardless of how you looked when you died. Its evolutionary, so you can bite the shit out of all the folks that want to make out with you. So…no need for tans or diets.

    • Jamie Peck

      It’s hard for me to get worked up over “integrity” in a field as frivolous as fashion. All the same, my personal policy about perks is to take them and disclose them, but not let them affect my opinions on things. Like, I always get comped tickets to the shows I write about (and very occasionally free drinks), but that doesn’t change my opinions on them, because that would make me a bad music writer. Maybe that’s why I don’t get invited on junkets.

      • Jamie Peck

        And by “bad music writer” I mean “someone with untrustworthy opinions.” I’m not pretentious enough to think my music writing is high art…I think of it more like “consumer reports” for people who love music as much as I do but maybe don’t have as much time to research it…so I really, really value people’s trust. I guess I have more thoughts on this than I thought I did.

    • Jamie Peck

      Also, I think you have the potential to be a much more “important” writer than you say that you think you do in this piece, and eventually stuff like this might not fit into that. And I am a mean person who hates saying something nice on the internet, so you know I mean that. Sorry that wasn’t more eloquent, I’m hunting around for stuff to post right now.

      • Miss C

        You’re right… I read The Gloss a lot and don’t always agree with JW, but this post is like a kid raving about how nice the man in the van was, because he gave her candies… and ignoring that a lot of kids have gone missing lately.

        Maybe a strong way of stating it, but it IS in the same general area. This company are not all flowers and benevolence, and taking a wilful stance that you’ll disregard that ultimately calls into question your ability to criticise anything, ever, so long as they throw you a goodie bag or cheap weekend break.

    • Jamie Peck

      One more thing: you should never feel ungrateful to a corporation. They did not spend money on you to be nice, they did it because they thought it would help them sell more stuff. That’s not benevolent, it’s Machiavellian. As such, you should not feel bad for showing insufficient gratitude.

    • misenhammer

      It’s all about the pink dress.

      And I would totally go ahead and blow my savings on lipo if I got a vampire offer; just lipo, though. Would never risk screwing up my face or anything, especially if I were going to be stuck with weird plastic-surgery-cat-face the rest of my life. Do you get to cut your hair as a vampire and have it grow back??

    • Jo

      Just remember that Gap Inc has a pretty shitty history and just because they are willing to send people they think are important on a fancy trip, doesn’t mean they don’t treat a majority of people that work for them like garbage. I know that doesn’t change the awesome experience you had, but I think it’s important to note that they—like many other retail corps—make and keep their money by paying their lower tier employees very little. So even if you think Banana Republic is, like, the best company ever, it’s really not.

      • Jamie Peck


      • Miss C

        Well said.

    • Kimberly

      I love the white lacy dress with the V neck. Saw it in the store yesterday :)

    • Miss C

      Well I guess we all do have our price, but damn – they bought you at bargain-basement prices there lady.

      There’s a fine line between enjoying & acknowledging the freebies you get as a blogger, and admitting you roll over and die, FOREVER, just because you got a pat on the head and a free trip.

      • superjack

        Yeah! This post was utterly devoid of self-awareness and irony.

        Just like this comment.