The Gap, Banana Republic, Athletica, And Old Navy: I hesitate to promote the San Francisco-based Gap/Banana Republic/Athletica/Old Navy empire. Their abysmal labor-practices record is well documented. And their products are too inexpensive to have been produced ethically or sustainably. In a pinch, however, I do rely on The Empire to fill voids that I cannot fill elsewhere. Last season, The Gap was the only Californian company that made linen shirts that fit me. When I spilled coffee down the front of my shirt 20 minutes before a client meeting, a nearby Banana Republic provided an immediate and well-made replacement. And if I must pay alms to evil, then I want to pay Californian evil.