Thursday, January 9, 2014

~Ralph Lauren~

"People ask how can a Jewish kid from the Bronx do preppy clothes? Does it have to do with class and money? It has to do with dreams."
– Ralph Lauren

My personal thoughts:  Where do I begin? My first thoughts go back to the 70's when all the rage was Ralph Lauren Jeans, denim.  I can remember traveling to find the best price for them.  The tailored shirts for ladies were great to have too.  So neat and crisp.  His designs among others were all the rage then:  Like they aren't now.  Yes I'm laughing at what I just said. I also think of mama and her love of red, white and blue in her clothing.   She was a fan also.   His designs be they formal or informal are favorites of mine and I am sure yours too.
 This is a long post but with the wealth of information on this man, I consider it short.  Please take the time to read the links for more information.

Aren't we lucky?  America's iconic designer.  When I see or hear his name it brings to mind America!  The colors of course Red, White and Blue.  He is "Americas' Designer" yet so much more!
This all started this morning while I was going through my magazines.  I have a very big problem taking the time to read and enjoy them when they arrive.  Yes I do still love to hold a book or magazine in my hand, to enjoy the photos. The feel, the look, you can't get that anywhere else. Having said that, I for the last two days have been curled up on the white sofa trying to stay warm, reading, looking, and enjoying.  I came across a stack of Architectural Digest Magazines and Ralph Lauren is on the cover of one.  I so enjoyed the article and it brought back such memories that this post had to be made.  'dolly'


Iconic designer Ralph Lauren was born Ralph Lifshitz in New York City on October 14, 1939. Lauren worked in retail before developing a line of neckties. The brand he established, Polo, is now one part of an empire that includes fragrances, home furnishings and luxury clothing. Lauren has used his personal fortune to amass a collection of rare and classic cars.

Personal Life

Lauren married receptionist Ricky Anne Low-Beer in New York City in 1964. He successfully concealed the fact that Ricky was only half Jewish from his parents before the wedding.

The Laurens are the parents of three children: Andrew, David and Dylan. David Lauren is the only one of the three to have made his career at Polo. In 2011 he married Lauren Bush, the niece of former President George W. Bush and the granddaughter of former President George H.W. Bush. Andrew Lauren is a film producer, while Dylan Lauren is the owner of the New York City candy store Dylan’s Candy Bar.

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A must see and read from 2011:  Wonderful Article complete with videos about Ralph Lauren and His Family. is HERE
The Lauren children seem to have inherited their father's creativity and ambition. Ricky and Ralph's oldest son, 42-year-old Andrew, is a successful movie producer.
"The first movie I made was a film called G, which was a hip-hop Great Gatsby. My father actually did the clothes for The Great Gatsby with Robert Redford," Andrew says. "It is about making stories, telling stories." 

David, who's 39 years old, is the only child to go into the family business. He serves as executive vice president of advertising, marketing and corporate communications at Polo Ralph Lauren. "I'm lucky to have a boss who is also my mentor and my father," David says. "What makes the company special is that there are 22,000 employees who all look at my father like a father. In many ways, they're my extended family. It's brothers and sisters around the world, who feel that same connection."

The Laurens' only daughter, 37-year-old Dylan, owns her own successful business, Dylan's Candy Bar. This Manhattan sweet spot is one of the largest candy stores in the world. "To me, candy is more than just candy you eat—it's fashion, it's colors, it's pop culture, it's art," Dylan says. "I just love it."

**The following links are breathtaking. You must watch the video of Ralph's Ranch!**
Photo Tour of the Double R-L Ranch which is just outside Telluride, Colorado  Here
Video Tour of the ranch 2011 Oprah: Here

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  -First Television Series Sponsorship for the Iconic American Fashion Brand-

Boston, MA, September 10, 2012—MASTERPIECE, the celebrated PBS drama series known for hit programs such as Downton Abbey and Sherlock, is pleased to announce that Ralph Lauren Corporation is becoming a national corporate sponsor for the series.
It is the first television sponsorship for Ralph Lauren Corporation, a company renowned for perfecting the art of classic American design.
“To have Ralph Lauren choose MASTERPIECE as their first TV sponsorship is an incredible tribute to our series,” said MASTERPIECE executive producer Rebecca Eaton at WGBH Boston, who noted that MASTERPIECE has won six Emmy® awards for Outstanding Costumes. “Their support will help us maintain the standard of excellence that drew them to MASTERPIECE in the first place."
“We are proud to be associated with MASTERPIECE and public television,” said David Lauren, Executive Vice President of Advertising, Marketing, and Corporate Communication, Ralph Lauren Corporation. “This is a great partnership with a brand that represents the same commitment to quality and excellence as Ralph Lauren.”
 I really like the show, but then again I have always watched PBS Masterpiece.  My love for that began a very long time ago.  I'm talking years!   Mama watched their programming so I grew up watching it.  Downton Abbey is one of the many I have and am enjoying.  I have to say though that the things that intrigue me the most are the fashions, the surroundings the homes, castles.  That is what I personally most enjoy about this program as well as the other Masterpiece Programs.  'dolly'

 (Richard Drew ` AP)

One of Ralph's quotes that I really love 
"Style is very personal.  It has nothing to do with fashion.  Fashion is over very quickly. Style is forever."
Ralph Lauren
Thank you!

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  1. He does make beautiful clothing.

    1. He does and I love his home decor items as well! Have a great rest of the week Michelle! Hope you are warming up there.

  2. I've always been drawn to his style. My gosh, he's a handsome man, isn't he? I love that he has such a grounded family too. Great post!

    1. I know me too! I agree he is so handsome! I was thrilled when researching for the post finding out that he is so grounded with such a wonderful family. His homes and ranch are so breathtakingly beautiful! Thank you so much Kim!

  3. What a wonderful, wonderful post, Dolly. I have ALWAYS loved Ralph Lauren and had a tennis outfit back in the 70's....white with a white/blue/red short sweater over top of the dress. I sucked at tennis but I loved that dress!;>) xo Diana

    1. That is too cute Diana! I'm sure you did not had some polo outfits that I hung onto long after I outgrew size as a matter of fact I have a few pieces I may make something else out of them..can't wear size 5 anymore..I love it and glad I am not alone in loving his designs...I'll bet you did look great in that tennis outfit!


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