In Honor of One of the Greatest Designers of All Time

Happy Birthday Ralph Lauren! On October 14, 1939, the world was blessed with one of the most talented designers, and his products have been adorned by men and women all over the world. Although today Ralph Lauren is a household name, the beginning was a humble one. Today most of us know Ralph Lauren as a superior brand and love to wear the stylish yet comfortable clothing and mood-elevating perfumes; however, many of us might not know how the brand was built and what Mr. Lauren had to do to make it reach its pinnacle. As fascinating as the brand is, its history is equally fascinating.Master Designer Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren was born as the fourth child as Ralph Lifshitz to a couple named Frieda and Frank Lifshitz, an Ashkenazi Jewish immigrants. The family of six was located in The Bronx, New York City, a working class neighbourhood and that is where Ralph grew up along with his two brothers and one sister. Ralph pursued his education and enrolled himself in the City University of New York where he studied business. However, he did not complete his studies and dropped out of college after two years of studying there.

He started working in various department stores in New York City. He then worked as a sales assistant at Brooks Brothers, a tie company. He rapidly became a salesman for the company during the day, and he pursued studying business at night school. While he was still working as salesman, he had started to create his own line of ties, which were unique compared to those days’ ties which were narrow and usually came in darker shades. These ties were wide, colourful, and made a statement on their own. In short, they were considered extremely stylish. The neckties were a blend of the sporty look of the opulent Americans as well as the British nobility.

In 1968, Ralph took a $50,000 loan from Norman Hilton and founded his brand, the Polo Fashions. Although he did not have any formal training in fashion designing, Ralph took the ties he created store to store to sell them, and soon they were stocked in large department stores. Then he went on to launch Polo Ralph Lauren in 1968 which was a first full line of men’s wear designed by him. He named it Polo because of the close relationship of its exemplary style with the game. One year later, Ralph Lauren made his first line of ladies’ wear. There were four different lifestyle groups which were known as Classics, Country, Active, and Collection.

Ralph presented the now-famous polo player theme in 1971, and in 1972, he discharged a short-sleeve polo shirt, weaved with the polo player logo and offered in 24 hues. Consistently, Lauren has tried different things with various looks and topics. These have included Southwestern and Safari themes too.

Polo Ralph Lauren ShirtHe has additionally extended the scope of items that his brand offers. Eyewear was presented in 1974. Polo Boyswear and Fragrances for both sexes were first sold in 1978. In 1983, he introduced a varied Polo home collection. Polo footwear was most readily accessible in stores in 1984. Today, brightening items accessible under the Polo name incorporate towels, flatware, curtains, bedding and floor coverings. You can even buy Ralph Lauren blend! Today, Ralph Lauren as a brand has extended even into the home décor section and sells stuff like silverware, rugs, drapes, and even Potpourri. Polo products also stretch to jewellery, luggage, and leather goods too.

Here is a list of a few important trivia or fun facts about one of the most famous designers in the world:
• Ralph’s brother, changed their last name, not Ralph.
• Ralph Lauren served in the U.S. Army from 1962 to 1964.
• He made the ensembles for two noteworthy movies in the 1970s: “The Incomparable Gatsby” (1973), and “Annie Corridor” (1978).
• Ralph Lauren was not the inventor of the polo shirt.
• Ralph Lauren was diagnosed with a benign brain tumour in 1987.
• He is known for his Philanthropy.
• Ralph Lauren recently revealed his amazing car collection and some of them are priceless.

Wishing a wonderful birthday for the legend of our times!