Banana Republic Launches Exclusive Offer with Gilt Groupe for the First-Ever “Mad Men” Series-Inspired Collection

NEW YORK, Jul 23, 2011/ — Banana Republic and AMC are extending their promotional marketing partnership for a third year to include the first-ever “Mad Men” series-inspired collection in all of Banana Republic’s North American retail locations and online at www.bananarepublic.com beginning August 11, 2011.

As part of this year’s campaign, Banana Republic is partnering with Gilt Groupe, an innovative online shopping destination, as a means of reaching an even broader base of “Mad Men” fans. Gilt Groupe will offer members exclusive access to key pieces from the retailer’s first-ever “Mad Men” series-inspired collection weeks prior to the clothes hitting Banana Republic stores and BananaRepublic.com.

A curated selection of styles for both men and women from the capsule, designed by Banana Republic in collaboration with AMC’s Emmy Award-winning “Mad Men” costume designer Janie Bryant will be available in limited quantities on Gilt.com. This special full-price sale will launch on Gilt.com on Monday, July 25 at 12pm ET and last for 36 hours.

Select apparel and accessories pieces from the Banana Republic “Mad Men” capsule collection will be available for men and women at standard retail prices on Gilt.com.

Inspired by the Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning AMC series “Mad Men,” which will be returning to AMC for a fifth season in early 2012, the capsule collection embodies the effortlessly chic, modern take on the cool polish and panache of the 1960s era through the Banana Republic lens of affordable luxury and noticeable quality.

The men’s collection includes chunky-meets-streamlined knit sweaters, tailored suiting and fitted trousers, as well as classic accessories with character, including a money clip, silk ties, tie bars and fedora hats. The women’s pieces are modern yet lady-like including a chic trench coat, tailored dresses, high-waisted skirts, silk tie-neck blouses and statement accessories, such as print scarves and leopard print pump heels.

“Accessible luxury is something both Banana Republic and Gilt Groupe deliver, so this partnership was a natural fit,” said Catherine Sadler, Chief Marketing Officer of Banana Republic. “As a retailer ourselves, this is the first time Banana Republic has ever pre-viewed and sold a collection outside of our own channels, and we’re excited to see how customers respond.”