An employee from Banana Republic found the blog post about Alice’s New Moon trench and had this to say:
Speaking as a BR employee who answers your emails. When Shelly said it had been removed from inventory, that meant it’s over 2 years old. We only have specific item data in our system for 2 years. Last night, we went through three years of product books (basically picture books w/ items that would be featured at BR.). In three years (that’s 12 seasons) going back to 2008, we were unable to locate this coat. Usually trench coats are featured items in our books, but we have yet to locate one that’s even similar.
Not saying absolutely that it’s not BR, but we can’t find it. Try going to gapinc.com and email from the media contacts and they might be able to provide more info…or at least a firm yes or no as to whether it’s BR.
The theory on Coolspotters recently has been that the trench was actually created by New Moon’s costume department. That’s beginning to sound more and more plausible, since Banana Republic can’t find the trench in their product books. E-mailing someone at gapinc.com may finally provide us with the firm answer we need. Is anyone planning to send an e-mail?