It's hard to remember a time when Banana Republic didn't look like the fashionable heir to the Apple Store. The sleek, white trademark design is accented only by muted silk blouses, silver jewelry, and black and white photography featuring models in urban office settings. But back in the '80s, the store was the color of sawdust. And you had to walk around the hull of a Jeep to get to the safari jacket you've been coveting ever since you fell in love with Paul Hogan.
As holiday shopping season goes into full-swing, let's harken back to a purer time of retail, when our favorite chain stores were still off-line and their signature looks were still being folded to perfection by the stars of "Reality Bites."Read More »from Chain stores: then and now