CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 2001
Am I the only reader who cracked up at the image of Secretary of State Colin Powell finger-waggingly lecturing Kenya's president about "free and fair elections" (May 27)? I had deluded myself that our own banana republic debacle in Florida last fall would at least force the U.S. to think twice before holding ourselves up as the model for the world. A vain hope. Such restraint would require a modicum of self-reflection and capacity for embarrassment on our part, not two of our strong points.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 4, 1991
Conrad's cartoon showing a gun with a comma for a trigger (in the wording of the Second Amendment) is typical of the insidiousness of your message on gun control (April 28). You would trash the Second Amendment and confiscate guns from law-abiding citizens except for the military and other "proper authorities." Your banal attempt at impartiality is insulting. Some day when the U.S. is just another banana republic, we'll all look back and wish for the good old days when we had the simple liberties we have now. JOHN DARST Calabasas
January 2, 2000 |
Who will make big news in the business world this year? Who will emerge from relative obscurity to become a major player? To start the new year, Times business reporters selected people from their beats who they believe will be among those to watch in 2000--in Southern California, across the country and around the world. Some are well known, having made big news in previous years. Others are not exactly household names but nevertheless are likely to make a major impact in their fields.
April 6, 2008 |
MAYBE it's time to require all these companies pushing "eco-friendly" clothes to list their ingredients, soup can-style. Take Banana Republic. Its new Green Collection is made with sustainable materials such as organic cotton, soy silk and bamboo -- and spandex. A halter dress, for example, has braided hemp straps, but it also has bra-like pads sewn into the bodice made of foam rubber. A knit tank top is made from a fabric that's just 5% soy silk. That's diet green, at best.
May 22, 2009 |
Gap Inc. reported that its first-quarter profit fell almost 14% as the clothing chain faced sluggish consumer demand during the recession, but the results narrowly beat Wall Street estimates. The San Francisco-based retailer, which operates Banana Republic and Old Navy stores as well as the Gap, said Thursday that it earned $215 million, or 31 cents a share, for the three months that ended May 2. In the same period a year earlier it earned $249 million, or 34 cents. Revenue dropped 8% to $3.13 billion.
November 27, 1998 |
If couch potatoes could swallow the ABC slogan "TV is good," why not its corollary, "Commercials are good"? Sometimes they are. Thirty- and 60-second spots that indirectly extolled the virtues of Banana Republic suede stuff for men, women and their homes were ubiquitous between the acts of such shows as "Ally McBeal," "Friends" and "NYPD Blue" in September.
July 17, 2012 |
Starting next month, Virgin America 's in-flight crew members will sport a new look. The airline, which turns 5 on Aug. 8, plans to roll out new uniforms designed by Banana Republic, with creative input gleaned from a design competition and suggestions from flight crew members too. The buzzwords designers use in describing the wardrobe change: "utility chic. " (Here's a photo gallery of the new look.) The new uniforms are combinations of red, white and black.
June 2, 2007 |
PERFUME IS MY greatest refuge. To be blunt, it keeps the stink of the real world at bay in a way that a million other divertissements can't. Perfume is also forgiving. Unlike fashion, scent doesn't mock a would-be wearer for not being a size 4 or for having a short torso. It's the great social equalizer of luxury items.
May 24, 2001 |
I'm still looking for Prince Charming online. No, I haven't been checking out Internet dating sites. I started last fall shopping for shoes that I hoped would fit like Cinderella's glass slipper. No luck. But now, with spring, hope dawned anew. This time, I decided to look for pants, which fall into the same "need-to-try-on" category as shoes. E-tailers are working hard to overcome this tricky problem. Sites from Eddie Bauer (http://www.eddiebauer.com) to Banana Republic (http://www.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 1990
Finally, someone has told it like it is about America's senseless foreign aid program. Harry G. Summers' column ("Throw Off the Slavery of Passionate Attachments," Op-Ed Page, March 22) is an excellent critique of the United States' blind support of foreign countries, good or bad. When Summers asks why we are paying more than $3 billion annually to Israel he must know the reason. The Israeli lobby pays to support many congressmen for their vote in getting aid. This obscene lobbying power is typical of the kind of campaign assistance to congressmen from gun, trucking, tobacco and other agencies of questionable benefit to our society.