Menswear Monday: Ralph Lauren

ralphFew names are as synonymous with menswear as Ralph Lauren’s and with good reason: the man’s been in the game for forty years now, with amazing success around the world. Tonight at the New York Public Library, the Council of Fashion Designers of America will honor everyone’s favorite purveyor of country club style by awarding him with the first-ever American Fashion Legend Award at the 25th annual Fashion Awards gala. But it’s not the first time the CFDA has highlighted Lauren’s contributions to American style: he’s already garnered statuettes for Womenswear Designer of the Year, Menswear Designer of the Year, Retailer of the Year and the Lifetime Achievement Award. Ralph Lauren has come to represent American style and is constantly setting the standard for menswear, from sport gear to suits. He’s managed to turn himself into a style icon and his influence can be seen around the world. Not bad for a Bronx boy who dropped out of business school and never studied fashion, eh?

RL Fun Facts!

1. RL began his business in 1967 with 26 boxes of wide-cut handmade ties in opulent fabrics.
2. The now ubiquitous polo player logo was first introduced in 1974 on the cuffs on RL’s new womenswear line, which was based on wife Ricky’s “young Katherine Hepburn” style.
3. In 1983, Lauren was the first designer to extend his empire into home goods.







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  • alexander leger

    ash! gucci totally ripped off that middle sweater from the 2004 series. i can’t believe it. beautifully done today…

  • bias

    ol’ Ralphie looks like Joe Liberman in that photo. A stylish version of Joe, but a Lieberman nonetheless.

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