Banana Republic began in 1978 by Mel and Patricia Ziegler. This American retailer began humbly as two small travel and safari-themed clothing stores that were known for eccentric store decor and hand-illustrated catalogs.
The Banana Republic brand saw a shift in its product line and became more upscale with the sale of high-end fashion, fragrances, and accessories. The first fragrance released by this brand was unisex, launched in 1995. Over 30 fragrances have been created by this brand, and it includes candles in its product line as well.