For years El Paso's mountains and valleys rang with one desperate, spittle-ridden refrain: "When are we gonna get a Banana Republic?!" Whine, and you shall receive. Banana Republic swooped into its Cielo Vista Mall location last August, and now it's snapped up top honors on these pages. The upscale clothing store caters to a diverse pool of guys - be they straight, gay or that pseudo-orientation, metro - with its chic selection of suits, blazers, chinos, polos and jeans. The Website urges shoppers to "effortlessly combine a few basics to make an outstanding combination." In non-touchy-feely-catalog speak, you should walk in, pick something, walk out, and chances are you'll look damn good. 8401 Gateway Blvd. Cielo Vista Mall, 915-771-7730.

RUNNERS UP:

2. Union Fashion - 1 Union Fashion Centre, 915-532-8282.

3. Express for Men - Cielo Vista Mall, 915-779-2812; Sunland Park Mall, 915-584-0038.

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