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Simon Kneen, Banana Republic Collab Guru, to Leave Brand

A Look Back at All the Collabs Simon Kneen Brought to Banana Republic

Banana Republic's creative director, Simon Kneen, is leaving the megabrand after five years. During his time there, Kneen was perhaps best known as a champion of collaborations and was responsible for working with everyone from the costume designers at Mad Men to L'Wren Scott.

While we don't know what Kneen's next move will be, we do know that he was a huge asset to Banana Republic — and so was his verve for collaborations. From the brand's longstanding partnership with Mad Men to his upcoming L'Wren Scott capsule collection, a look back at some of Kneen's best work at Banana, here.

Mad Men

Banana Republic's longstanding collaboration with Mad Men and its costume designer Janie Bryant was one of Kneen's first partnerships at the brand. It's also proven extremely profitable. WWD reports that the updated '60s-style clothing made Banana Republic some $622 million in the first three months of 2012.


For the most recent edition of the collaboration, POPSUGAR talked with model Coco Rocha about how to style some very mod looks.

Anna Karenina

Inspired by the romanticism of Keira Knightley's 2012 film Anna Karenina, Kneen worked with costume designer Jacqueline Durran on pieces that telegraphed the dark and richly decorated period garb in the movie.


Kneen took full advantage of Milly designer Michelle Smith's eye for color and pattern in this collaboration, which debuted just in time for Summer 2013.


Banana Republic's Issa collaboration was perhaps most famous for re-creating the blue Issa dress that Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, wore to announce she'd gotten engaged to Prince William.

L'Wren Scott

L'Wren Scott's collaboration with Banana Republic will be the last that Kneen oversees. It debuts on Dec. 5, and Kneen's last day with the company is Dec. 31. So far, only sketches of the clothes have been released, but we do know one lip-print bag will be particularly stylish.

Source:, Banana Republic
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