December 25, 2009

Spotlight: Ralph Lauren

I have a great appreciation for American designers. The Europeans I think are the best, but they can't have all the credit.

Ralph Lauren is right now 70 years old. He was born in October 14, 1939. He is an iconic American designer. He was born in The Bronx, New York to Jewish Immigrant parents. His name from birth was Ralph Rueben Lifshitz. His last name later changed to Lauren when Ralph's brother changed it.

Lauren went to the Baruch College for two years where he studied business. From 1962 to 1964 he than later dropped out and served in the US army. He was discharged from the Army in 1968. Believe it or not but Ralph did not attend fashion school but he worked in Retail sales at Brooks Brothers. Later on in 1967, he opened a necktie store. He designed the ties himself and they were under the label Polo.

1972 - The famous short sleeve Polo mesh shirt with the logo on it was released. It was available in 24 colors
1984 - The Rhinelander Mansion was turned into the flagship store for Polo
1997 - Polo Ralph Lauren became a public company.
2007 - 35 boutiques in the United States.
2009 - He is declared the 224th richest person by Forbes. His estimated new worth is at $2.8 million.


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taylor s. said...

Kid, you've really got to proofread before you post.