Lauren, Ralph

Lauren, Ralph

(lôr`ən, lərĕn`), 1939–, American fashion designer, b. New York City as Ralph Lipschitz. He began his career by creating neckties under the name Polo for Beau Brummel. In 1968 he created a menswear line under the Polo name; he headed the company that he established until 2015. He subsequently branched out into tailored shirts for women, boy's clothes, and women's ready-to-wear fashions in fabrics such as English flannel, Harris tweeds, silk, and cashmere. His name also appears on such diverse products as home furnishings, tableware, and luggage. He designed the costumes for the films The Great Gatsby (1974) and Annie Hall (1977). His look is traditional, luxurious, and casual. His collections have inspired interest in the American West and American country styles.

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See biography by M. Gross (2003).

Lauren, Ralph (b. Ralph Lifshitz)

(1939–  ) fashion designer; born in the Bronx, N.Y. As a fledgling designer, he changed his name in the mid-1950s. He founded Polo for men (1968) and Ralph Lauren women's collections (1971). His casual, expensive ready-to-wear was distinguished by classic designs and a rich mixture of fabrics, texture, and color and won him eight Coty Awards. His clothing, housewares, and accessories brilliantly evoked old money and country house life for upwardly mobile America. He became known for expensive advertising that promoted the Lauren image as well as the products.
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Its brand names include Ralph Lauren, Ralph Lauren Collection, Ralph Lauren Purple Label, Polo Ralph Lauren, Double RL, Lauren Ralph Lauren, Polo Ralph Lauren Children, Chaps, and Club Monaco.
A rack of pieces by Greg Lauren, Ralph Lauren's nephew, are all weathered flannels ($395), destroyed hoodies ($1,066) and distressed khaki jackets sewn together into an aesthetic that's essentially Burning Man hygge.
It's a privilege to play a part in the London 2012 Olympics, and to celebrate the achievements of these athletes with the rest of the world," the Telegraph quoted David Lauren, Ralph's son as saying.
"It's all very personal and we feel very lucky to have that," says David Lauren, Ralph's son and the Vice-President and Head of Corporate Communications, PR and Marketing for Polo Ralph Lauren.
The company comprises Polo, Lauren, Ralph Lauren, Chaps, and Club Monaco; operates about 275 retail stores in the U.S.; and licenses more than 100 others worldwide.
The debut issue features an interview with Penelope Cruz by David Lauren, Ralph's son, who oversees the endeavor.
In addition,the company's consumer brand names include Ralph Lauren, Ralph Lauren Collection, Ralph Lauren Purple Label, Polo Ralph Lauren, Double RL, Lauren Ralph Lauren, Polo Ralph Lauren Children, Chaps and Club Monaco, among others.