Wild Company by Mel  Ziegler audiobook

Wild Company: The Untold Story of Banana Republic

By Mel Ziegler and Patricia Ziegler
Read by George Newbern and Elisabeth Rodgers

Blackstone Publishing, Blackstone Publishing 9781451683509


Format : Retail CD (In Stock)
  • $29.95

    ISBN: 9781504670616

  • $49.00

    ISBN: 9781504670593

Runtime: 5.27 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Business & Economics
Audience: Adult
Language: English



With $1,500 and no business experience, Mel and Patricia Ziegler turned a wild idea into a company that would become the international retail colossus Banana Republic. Reimagining military surplus as safari and expedition wear, the former journalist and artist created a world that captured the zeitgeist for a generation and spoke to the creativity, adventure, and independence in everyone.

In a book that’s honest, funny, and charming, Mel and Patricia tell in alternating voices how they upended business conventions and survived on their wits and imagination. Many retail and fashion merchants still consider Banana Republic’s early heyday to be one of the most remarkable stories in fashion and business history. The couple detail how, as “professional amateurs,” they developed the wildly original merchandise and marketing innovations that broke all retail records and produced what has been acclaimed by industry professionals to be “the best catalog of all time.”

A love story wrapped in a business adventure, Wild Company is a soulful, inspiring tale for listeners determined to create their own destiny with a passion for life, work, and fun.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“This is a wonderful book, a book about joy and guts and art. Mel and Patricia understand that a store is far more than just a place to buy stuff and that a business is far more than a way to make a living.” Seth Godin, bestselling author of Linchpin
“[A] remarkable tale of creating one of the most cutting-edge fashion businesses in the world, Banana Republic, with determination, grit, and boldness…A pleasure to read.” Publishers Weekly
“This inspiring history offers a good reminder that the invention and dedication apparent in current tech start-ups is nothing new…Highly recommended.” Library Journal
“The warmly inspiring account of how a journalist and an artist stumbled into business and founded Banana Republic, one of the most successful clothing chains in retail history…the story offers refreshing insight into the possibilities of achieving success and maintaining personal integrity…An unabashedly free-spirited celebration of the power of outside-the-box thinking.” Kirkus Reviews



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Author Bio: Mel Ziegler

Author Bio: Mel  Ziegler

Mel Ziegler is a founder of Banana Republic and the Republic of Tea. He lives outside of San Francisco.

Titles by Author

Author Bio: Patricia Ziegler

Author Bio: Patricia  Ziegler

Patricia Ziegler is a founder of Banana Republic and the Republic of Tea. She lives outside of San Francisco.

Titles by Author



Available Formats : Retail CD, Library CD
Category: Nonfiction/Business & Economics
Runtime: 5.27
Audience: Adult
Language: English