Banana Republic was founded by a couple who loved travel and collecting surplus clothing from rare places. Banana Republic opened the doors of its first store in Mill Valley, in 1978. Acquired by Gap Inc. in 1983 with two stores, Banana Republic has steadily grown by offering customers innovative product assortments and shopping experiences. Today, Banana Republic is known for delivering elevated design and luxurious fabrications at approachable prices, Banana Republic has been credited with helping make fashion more accessible. Banana Republic offers elevated essentials and sophisticated seasonal collections of accessories, shoes, and personal care products. From work to casual occasions to going out, Banana Republic offers covetable, uncomplicated style. Banana Republic entered Canada in 1995 and since then has grown to over 30 stores.