Banana Republic and Milly Announce Limited-Edition Collection for Summer 2013

Banana Republic and Milly Announce Limited-Edition Collection for Summer 2013

Banana Republic Milly Collection for Women and Men Marks Milly's First Splash
into Menswear

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Jan. 7, 2013

NEW YORK, Jan. 7,2013 /PRNewswire/ --Banana Republic and Milly founder and
designer Michelle Smith are proud to announce the Banana Republic Milly
Collection – a limited-edition capsule inspired by the summer sophistication
of the Hamptons. The women's collection is a natural extension for Milly, with
the men's styles representing Smith's first foray into designing menswear – a
unique innovation for the design partnership. The capsule launches exclusively
at select Banana Republic retail locations worldwide and online in late May
2013.

The Banana Republic Milly Collection marries the iconic Banana Republic sense
of modern style with Milly's signature vintage-inspired prints and patterns
for a collection that feels equal parts sophisticated and playful. The Banana
Republic Milly Collection includes pieces for women and men, such as feminine
silhouettes in splashes of neon for her and tailored separates in bold prints
for him.

"We wanted to focus on the vibrant colors and optimistic patterns that
highlight the inspiring, fun-loving summer season," says Banana Republic
Creative Director and Executive Vice President of Design, Simon Kneen.
"Michelle's keen sense of color, print and pattern are the perfect complement
to Banana Republic, and her Hamptons-chic style is a new take on aspirational
summer dressing for our consumers."

The more than 60-piece collection of women's and men's apparel and accessories
features original designs that incorporate a new print created exclusively for
the capsule as well as six beloved Milly prints that have been updated
specifically for these collaborative designs. Covetable women's pieces range
from maxi dresses, mini-skirts, and shorts in a rainbow of on-trend colors,
including lime, coral, and navy, to versatile poolside totes and summer
scarves. The menswear collection features a lineup of striped and patterned
separates, including bright polos, woven tees and shorts. Apparel pieces range
in price from $45 - $175 (women) and $24.50 - $64.50 (men); jewelry and
accessory pieces range from $39.50 (jewelry) - $130 (tote).

"I've always been a fan of Banana Republic, and when I met Simon we had an
immediate and lasting connection," says Michelle Smith, Founder and Designer,
Milly by Michelle Smith. "This was my first experience designing menswear,
which was a cinch with Simon's expertise. It's a very positive, happy
collection and I think the colors and patterns really capture the modern
spirit of summer."

The Banana Republic Milly Collection will be featured in Banana Republic's
June advertising campaign, which will appear in select print, online, direct
mail and in store. Join the conversation on Twitter with #BRMilly.

ABOUT BANANA REPUBLIC
Banana Republic is a global accessible luxury brand that delivers modern,
soulful and effortless style. Banana Republic's lifestyle collections are
characterized by elevated design and luxurious fabrications at approachable
prices. Banana Republic collections include apparel, handbags, jewelry,
fragrance and eyewear. Banana Republic, a division of San Francisco-based, Gap
Inc. (NYSE: GPS), can be found at over 600 retail locations in the United
States, United Kingdom, Canada, Japan, Italy, and France, BananaRepublic.com,
BananaRepublic.ca, BananaRepublic.eu, or (888) BR-STYLE. In addition, Banana
Republic is expanding its international presence with franchise agreements in
Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. For more information, please
visit gapinc.com.

ABOUT MILLY
Smart, sexy and beautiful, the Milly by Michelle Smith collection has defined
spirited luxury since 2001. Born out of designer Michelle Smith's lifelong
love of art and fashion, Milly is renowned for its lush prints, colors and
fabrics and sharp attention to detail. Milly is recognized throughout the
globe with a devoted following. The collection is sold at the finest
specialty and department stores worldwide, including Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman
Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Harrods and Takashimaya. Milly has successfully
expanded into categories beyond ready-to-wear, including handbags, small
leather goods, swimwear, and for budding fashionistas, the Milly Minis
childrenswear collection. The ultimate world of Milly is located within their
new flagship boutique at 900 Madison Avenue in New York City.

SOURCE Banana Republic

Contact: Banana Republic Press Inquiries, Amanda Garrett, Banana Republic,
+1-212-886-7449, Amanda_Garrett@gap.com; Michelle Smith Press Inquiries,
Rebecca Greenhalgh, LaForce + Stevens, +1-212-242-9353,
MillyTeam@LSagency.com; For Sample Requests, Janelle Wiggins, Banana Republic,
+1-212-886-7139, Janelle_Wiggins@gap.com; Jessica Holt, LaForce + Stevens,
+1-212-242-9353, BR@LSagency.com
 
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