Established in 1978 by Mel and Patricia Ziegler, Banana Republic was originally conceived with a distinct safari theme. In 1983 American, multinational, giant Gap Inc. acquired the brand and phased out the somewhat antiquarian, aimed-at-tourists product portfolio. It was replaced with a desirable, more luxurious offering which defined the brand as contemporary and fresh. Come payday treat yourself to a sleek and sophisticated Banana Republic wallet. Supple, soft leather is treated to a variety of vibrant color pops and glossy hardware details, making for a product that is as on-point as it is classic.