By Lisa Hart
POSTED August 10, 2011
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Banana Republic Launches Series-inspired “Mad Men” Collection
Banana Republic and AMC gear up for the launch of the first-ever limited edition “Mad Men”
inspired collection
for men and women available online and in stores August 11.  The
collection is designed by Banana Republic in collaboration with “Mad Men” Emmy® Award-
winning Costume Designer
Janie Bryant.

Inspired by the Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning AMC series “Mad Men,” which
returns for a fifth season in early 2012, the Banana Republic “Mad Men” capsule offers a
modern take on the cool polish and panache of the 1960s era through the Banana Republic
lens of affordable luxury and noticeable quality. The collection features nearly 65 pieces of
apparel and accessories for men and women, embodying the style tenants of the time –
effortlessly chic, dressed-up American sportswear.

“Working with Janie to gain a true understanding of the ‘Mad Men’ look and feel was a
delight,” says
Simon Kneen, Banana Republic Creative Director. “Janie was instrumental in
helping us achieve the series' aesthetic and standard of authenticity with this capsule
collection, offering sketches, her own inspirations and actual artifacts from the production set
to help inspire the ‘Mad Men’ within all of us.”

The
men’s collection includes chunky-meets-streamlined knit sweaters, tailored suit
separates and fitted trousers, as well as classic accessories with character, including a
money clip, cotton pocket squares, silk ties, tie bars and fedora hats. The women’s pieces are modern yet lady-like including chic trench coats, tailored dresses, high-waisted skirts, silk tie-
neck blouses and statement accessories, like print scarves and leopard print pump heels.

“Collaborating with Simon and his team to design this collection was an experience I’ll never forget,” says Bryant. “It’s so rewarding to help create a collection that will allow fans of the
series to channel their own ‘Mad Men’ style and take home fashionable items that are modern, not costume.”

Banana Republic Facebook Fans will have exclusive access to shop the collection first, before it hits stores and online. An early access Facebook boutique goes live on the Banana
Republic Facebook Fan page today (August 10), allowing Fans to beat the crowds and shop the collection first!