Ralph Lauren
Americanfashion designer and business executive
Ralph Lauren
Ralph Lauren is an American fashion designer and business executive; best known for his Polo Ralph Lauren clothing brand.
Biography
Ralph Lauren's personal information overview.
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From Couture to Cuisine: Ralph Lauren Opens a London Restaurant
NYTimes - 5 days
The American fashion designer’s latest foray into the food business debuted in his brand’s flagship store on Regent Street.
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Ralph Lauren shows breezy see-now-buy-now collection
Reuters.com - 9 days
American fashion giant Ralph Lauren shows his second See-Now-Buy-Now collection with breezy gowns and pant suits for the jet-setting clientele. Rough Cut (No reporter narration).
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Bruce Weber In Color, Stuff Of Dreams.
Huffington Post - 15 days
We have been used to see photographs of Bruce Weber in major fashion shoots and advertising campaigns (Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Louis Vuitton, Versace, and many other major ads), but the lingering effects of his art always seemed to be in black and white. Until now. A new exhibit now demonstrates how glorious and vibrant his color pictures can be. One must take a double look to decide if the color views on the walls are oil paintings or real pictures. The texture and refined details of his elaborate stage scenes are witnesses to his ability to transcend even a simple glimpse of everyday life into an art piece. Colors of dream scenes. An intimate look at a red couch in a hallway draws the eye until you discover a horse, a naked man, open precious stones, and the bust of Byron. Two red-haired young ladies seem to enjoy the fresh ocean water, perched on top of a countryside cliff on a nice sunny day. Another shows a couple on what seems to be a rooftop, recli ...
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Stocks close mostly flat; Ralph Lauren drops 12%
LATimes - 23 days
Stocks ended Thursday's trading mostly unchanged as cautious investors focused on a large batch of earnings reports from U.S. companies, including Facebook and Merck. Ryder System, a truck leasing company, fell 8% after reporting earnings that fell far short of what Wall Street analysts expected....
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Ralph Lauren CEO quits after differences with founder
Reuters.com - 23 days
Ralph Lauren Corp said Chief Executive Stefan Larsson, hired over a year ago to turn the company around, would step down following differences with founder Ralph Lauren over the direction of the luxury brand.
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Ralph Lauren's Problem With Ralph Lauren
Wall Street Journal - 23 days
The departure of Stefan Larsson from Ralph Lauren leaves investors worrying that the company’s founder has become a burden.
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The 10 Most Beautiful Candy Shops Around The World
Huffington Post - about 1 month
For Architectural Digest, by Elizabeth Stamp. There’s no outing sweeter than a trip to the candy shop. With colorful treats from floor to ceiling, candy stores bring out the kid in every shopper, whether they grew up in the era of penny candy or the latest outrageous confection. These shops also offer something for visitors who are just as sweet on design. From a lablike location of Papabubble in Japan to a lavish old-fashioned shop in France, we’ve found ten Willy Wonka–esque fantasy worlds that blend fun and high design. These stores also bring a sense of humor to the shopping experience, with larger-than-life lollipops and candy canes as well as cheeky themes, such as a pharmacy stocked with candy pills (no prescription needed). Take a tour of these inventive spaces that are sure to give you a sugar rush. Dylan’s Candy Bar, Miami Candy mogul Dylan Lauren — daughter of fashion designer Ralph Lauren — brought her popular treat emporium south in 2013. A lollipop tree stands in ...
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What Melania Trump's Inaugural Ball Gown Designer Has To Say For Himself
Huffington Post - about 1 month
Melania Trump became first lady of the United States on Jan. 20 and, as so many who came before her, she was front and center in the spotlight over inauguration weekend.  The issue of dressing Mrs. Trump has been a polarizing one. After earlier reports tapped Ralph Lauren and Karl Lagerfeld as dressing her, only half of that report deemed itself true.  Hervé Pierre, former creative director at Carolina Herrera, together with Trump, designed the white, off-the-shoulder gown she wore to the three balls she and her husband attended. Now, in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Pierre is getting pretty defensive sharing details about both the gown and the decision to make it.  “I’m not doing politics, I’m doing dresses,” he said, adding, “we are not suddenly brokering a big deal between China and Russia. If people don’t want to dress her, I think it’s sad, but I was honored. I don’t criticize these people ― it’s their choice, and that’s the beauty of democracy.” “These people ...
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Melania Trump Wears A White Off-The-Shoulder Gown To The Inaugural Ball
Huffington Post - about 1 month
First lady Melania Trump made her debut at the inaugural ball Friday night, and as expected, stayed true to her classic style.  After drawing comparisons to Jackie Kennedy in the sky blue Ralph Lauren outfit she wore for her husband’s inauguration earlier in the day, Trump’s evening look was a white, off-the-shoulder gown by Carolina Herrera’s former creative director Hervé Pierre, which features a structured detail down the front, a thigh-high slit and a red belt.  The look is a bit more toned down than Ivanka’s, who wore a sparkly Carolina Herrera gown for the occasion.  Wearing her hair down, she paired the look with minimal accessories. Earlier reports predicted that Ralph Lauren and Karl Lagerfeld would dress her for various inaugural events, but WWD has since confirmed that she in fact collaborated with Pierre on the look.  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for pe ...
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Melania Trump channels Jackie O in Ralph Lauren
Yahoo News - about 1 month
First Lady Melania Trump on Friday channeled predecessor Jackie Kennedy as her husband took power, donning an elegant Ralph Lauren powder blue suit that won rave reviews -- and helped silence her critics. The look won gushing praise and provoked comparisons with Kennedy, the wife of slain Democratic president John F. Kennedy who was considered to be one of America's most stylish first ladies. The fashion victory came one day after the Slovenian-born third wife of Donald Trump was widely thought to have been outshone by her stepdaughter Ivanka, who wore a cascading green Oscar de la Renta outfit on Thursday.
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Ralph Lauren Is Reportedly Dressing Melania Trump For The Inauguration
Huffington Post - about 1 month
With the inauguration only days away, reports are buzzing over who will dress Melania Trump (along with, you know, whether Donald Trump had contact with Russia during the election, and whether Trump will wear L.L. Bean to any events, etc.).  According to Women’s Wear Daily, designer Ralph Lauren will reportedly dress the future first lady, despite the fact that he supported (and also dressed) Hillary Clinton throughout the election. The designer is reportedly also working on additional pieces for Trump to wear throughout the inauguration week, WWD says, as well as a few pieces for the rest of the family. The Huffington Post reached out to representatives for Ralph Lauren and will update this piece accordingly.  Melania Trump has already memorably worn the designer on two occasions. In October she showed up to the third presidential debate in a black “pussybow” jumpsuit from the designer, days after Donald Trump’s “grab them by the pussy” comments from 2005 leaked:  She ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ralph Lauren
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 76
    As of January 2016, Forbes estimates his wealth at $5.5 billion, which makes Ralph Lauren the 235th richest person in the world.
    More Details Hide Details Ralph Lauren was born in the Bronx, New York City, to Ashkenazi Jewish immigrants, Frieda (Cutler) and Frank Lifshitz, an artist and house painter, from Pinsk, Belarus. Lauren was the youngest of four siblings – two brothers and one sister.
  • 2015
    Age 75
    On September 29, 2015, Ralph Lauren announced that he would be stepping down as Chief Executive, to be replaced by Stefan Larsson, the President of Gap's Old Navy chain.
    More Details Hide Details Lauren won the CFDA Lifetime Achievement Award in 1991 and CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year in 2007.
    Lauren stepped down as Chief Executive Officer of the company in September 2015 but remains its Executive Chairman and Chief Creative Officer.
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  • 2014
    Age 74
    In 2014, Lauren partnered with The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust to fund a new, state-of-the-art breast cancer research facility.
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    In 2014, Lauren was awarded the James Smithson Bicentennial Medal.
    More Details Hide Details Ralph Lauren is well known as a collector of automobiles, with over 70 automobiles, some being extremely rare. He owns a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO, two Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa's, three 1996 McLaren F1's (one of them an ultra-rare McLaren F1 LM), a Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing, a 1929 Bentley 4½ Litre (Blower Bentley"), one Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic, a Porsche 997 GT3 RS, a Bugatti Veyron, a 1930 Mercedes-Benz SSK "Count Trossi" (aka "The Black Prince") a 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Mille Miglia. and a rare Lamborghini Reventón Roadster. His cars have won "Best in Show" at the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance twice, his 1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic won in 1990 and his 1930 Mercedes-Benz SSK "Count Trossi" roadster won in 1993. In 2005 his collection was displayed at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts. Seventeen cars from his collection were exhibited at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris in 2011.
  • 2010
    Age 70
    In 2010, Lauren was declared Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur by French President Nicolas Sarkozy in Paris.
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  • 2001
    Age 61
    In 2001, the Ralph Lauren Corporation launched the Polo Ralph Lauren Foundation to support various charitable initiatives around the world, including the New York-based Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention.
    More Details Hide Details Lauren also launched the Pink Pony Fund, a worldwide initiative in the fight against cancer.
  • FORTIES
  • 1989
    Age 49
    Lauren co-founded the Nina Hyde Center for Breast Cancer Research at Georgetown University in 1989 and was a driving force behind the annual Fashion Targets Breast Cancer campaign which launched in 1994.
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  • 1987
    Age 47
    In April 1987 he underwent surgery to remove the tumor and made a full recovery.
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    In early 1987, Ralph Lauren was diagnosed with a benign brain tumor.
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  • 1984
    Age 44
    In 1984, he transformed the Gertrude Rhinelander Waldo House, former home of the photographer Edgar de Evia and Robert Denning, into the flagship store for Polo Ralph Lauren.
    More Details Hide Details This same year de Evia photographed the cover feature story for House & Garden on the Lauren home Round Hill in Jamaica, which had formerly been the home of Babe and Bill Paley. On June 11, 1997, Ralph Lauren Corporation became a public company, traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol RL. By 2007 Ralph Lauren had over 35 boutiques in the United States; 23 locations carried the Ralph Lauren Purple Label, including Atlanta, Beverly Hills, Boston, Charlotte, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Costa Mesa, Dallas, Denver, Honolulu, Houston, Las Vegas, Manhasset, New York, Palm Beach, Palo Alto, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego, Short Hills, Montreal and Troy. The Financial Times reported in January 2010 that the firm had revenues of $5 billion for fiscal year 2009.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1977
    Age 37
    He also gained recognition for his design after he was contracted to provide clothing styles for the movie The Great Gatsby as well as for Diane Keaton's title character in the 1977 feature film Annie Hall.
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  • 1972
    Age 32
    Ralph Lauren released Polo's famous short sleeve pique shirt with the Polo logo in 1972 and unveiled his first Ralph Lauren collection for women.
    More Details Hide Details It came out in 24 colors and soon became a classic.
  • 1970
    Age 30
    In 1970, Ralph Lauren won the Coty Award for his menswear line.
    More Details Hide Details Around that same time he released a line of women's suits that were tailored in a classic men's style. This was the first time the Polo emblem was seen, displayed on the cuff of the suit.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1967
    Age 27
    In 1967, with the financial backing of Manhattan clothing manufacturer Norman Hilton, Lauren opened a necktie store where he also sold ties of his own design, under the label "Polo".
    More Details Hide Details He later received the rights to use the trademark Polo from Brooks Brothers; however, Brooks Brothers managed to retain its rights to the iconic "original polo button-down collar" shirt (still produced today), in spite of Lauren's Polo trademark. In 1971, he expanded his line and opened a Polo boutique on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, California.
  • 1966
    Age 26
    In 1966, when he was 26, he was inspired to design a wide, European-style necktie he had seen Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. wearing, but the idea was rejected by the company for which he worked as not being commercially viable.
    More Details Hide Details He left to establish his own company, working out of a drawer in the Empire State Building, taking rags and turning them into ties. He sold the ties to small shops in New York, with a major turning point when he was approached by Neiman Marcus, who bought 1,200.
  • 1964
    Age 24
    On December 20, 1964, he married Ricky Anne Loew-Beer in New York City.
    More Details Hide Details Ricky is the daughter of an Margaret Vytouch, and Rudolph Loew-Beer. The two met six months earlier, in a doctor's office where Ricky was working as a receptionist and on alternative days teaching dance. They have three children
  • 1962
    Age 22
    From 1962 to 1964 he served in the United States Army and left to work briefly for Brooks Brothers as a sales assistant before leaving to become a salesman for a tie company.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1957
    Age 17
    Lauren attended day school followed by MTA (now known as the Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy), before eventually graduating from DeWitt Clinton High School in 1957.
    More Details Hide Details Lauren grew up playing basketball and baseball. He wanted to be Joe DiMaggio, and then he wanted to be a movie star. He constantly draws inspiration from his heroes including Frank Sinatra, Cary Grant, and John F. Kennedy. He went to Baruch College, at The City University of New York (CUNY) where he studied business, although he dropped out after two years. He went to Baruch College where he studied business, although he dropped out after two years.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1939
    Born
    Born on October 14, 1939.
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