Los Angeles-based menswear designer Greg Lauren has teamed with Banana Republic for a special collection of his trademark vintage-inspired fashions just in time for Christmas. In special stores (including the Grove and Third St. in Santa Monica) the collaboration will include 16 pieces priced from $178 to 3,000. Banana sourced special fabrics like Scottish tweed, Italian cashmere, and a custom twill to create the designer's signature artisinal look. Much of the finishing was done in LA, a city that inspires the native New Yorker and nephew of Ralph Lauren like no other. "There is a spirit here that no other place has. It is a creative one where rules do not apply. If you can dream it, you can do it," he told the Hollywood Reporter.