Local Love: Taylor Stitch And Banana Republic Team Up For One Rad Collab

We really have to tip our hats to S.F. dudes, they seem to have dapper down to a science. But — credit where credit's due — the Bay happens to have some best menswear outposts around and the shirt-making masters at Taylor Stitch are always near the top of our list.
Now talented trio of Taylor Stitch has added a new wrinkle, teaming up with Banana Republic to bring their sharp aesthetic to the Bay-Area megabrand's downtown S.F shop. Taylor Stitch’s sweet, booth-like display at B.R. boasts carefully curated fabrics, in-house measuring (done by a team of Taylor Stitch-trained employees), and dreamy décor. We stopped in yesterday to get a sneak peek and chatted with the fellas about the fusion. Click through to get a first look at the space, and be sure to stroll in and get fitted up. Oh, and if you’re in the area tonight the guys will be on-site celebrating from 5 to 7 p.m. Join in for snacks, drinks, and good times.
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How did this collaboration come about?
Milo Slattery, VP of Merchandising at Banana Republic: "The concept originated the end of last year when two of Banana Republic mens' merchants visited the Taylor Stitch store and fell in love with their classic RTW shirts and impressive range of custom fabrics. Banana Republic takes pride in consistently providing customers with well tailored pieces, so to work together on a capsule seemed like a natural fit."

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How long did the process take?
Michael Maher, Co-Founder at Taylor Stitch: "It started right around Christmas time. Tom Gerard who is a senior merchandiser at Banana Republic came into our store and bought a custom shirt. He really liked the experience, how the process works, and the product. And from there, we went back and forth — five months later here we are."

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A trio of cool custom items.

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How important is it for you to collaborate with S.F.-based brands?
Slattery: "We really loved the idea of collaborating with a San Francisco-based company. As you know, Gap was started right here in San Francisco by Don and Doris Fisher and Banana Republic launched in Mill Valley. We admire the entrepreneurial spirit of Taylor Stitch and think working with another S.F. company is a great way to honor our heritage."

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Tools of the trade fill the Taylor Stitch window display.

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Tell us more about the fabrics.
Maher: "For the RTW it was really about telling a red, white, and blue story — a 'made in America' feeling. So, we focused on bringing that to Banana Republic. As far as the custom fabrics, we wanted a really wide range. Getting guys into purple, pink, and gray. Really showing the breadth of custom."

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Why did you choose Taylor Stitch?
Slattery: "Banana Republic has an extremely loyal men’s customer who would definitely engage in the custom shirt experience Taylor Stitch offers — as well as appreciate their expertise in modern fit and style. The collection adds a sophisticated twist to classic American sportswear, while celebrating both brands’ standard of quality."

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How long will you guys be in Banana Republic?
Maher: "The initial test run is 18 weeks, and from there we’ll see how it goes. If it performs well it could go to different stores, even online."

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