The World of Ralph

The World of Ralph

An Overview of the American style icon and his unique place in the fashion industry.
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A true rags-to-riches story, Ralph Lauren built one of the largest fashion brands in history from the ground up. Inspired by American sportswear, Western influences, equestrian style, and elements of Ivy League and preppy fashion, Ralph Lauren’s fashion empire has become an icon reflecting an idealized American vision of luxury and style. 

Born in Bronx, New York October 14, 1939, to Jewish immigrants, Ralph Lauren grew up determined to make a name for himself. While he was known throughout his teens for his unique sense of style mixing a prep school look with a vintage feel, it wasn’t until 1967, that his career in fashion really began. While working for the tie manufacturer, Beau Brummell as a sales associate, Lauren began designing his own neck ties and marketing them under the name Polo. His designs were against the trends of the time, designed in a wider cut and crafted from high-end fabrics. He began selling his ties out of a single drawer in a showroom in the Empire State Building. Within a year, he was selling his ties at some of the largest department stores at the time including Bloomingdale’s and Neiman Marcus. He later released his first men's line in 1968.

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The first of Ralph Lauren’s fashion lines, Polo by Ralph Lauren represents a fusion of classic and sporty influences, capturing the essence of an idealized American lifestyle. Whether it's the crisp Oxford shirts, khaki chinos, or signature blazers, Polo offers a diverse selection for those who appreciate traditional, yet effortless fashion. The line’s designs have significantly contributed to the popularization of the preppy style, characterized by clean lines, traditional patterns and an emphasis on comfort and timelessness. It's a brand that can be both casual and sophisticated, making it versatile for any occasion.

RRL: Exploring Vintage Americana

RRL,  pronounced "Double RL," pays homage to Ralph Lauren's ranch in Colorado and encapsulates a rugged and heritage-inspired aesthetic. This line is for individuals who are drawn to distressed denim, artisanal craftsmanship, and an authentic sense of nostalgia. In RRL, you'll find meticulously crafted denim jeans, vintage-style leather jackets, and Western-inspired shirts that harken back to the days of the American frontier. The RRL line's authenticity and attention to detail are what set it apart, making it a compelling choice for those seeking to infuse their wardrobe with a touch of vintage Americana.

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Purple Label: The Pinnacle of Elegance

Ralph Lauren Purple Label is the epitome of luxury and refinement, offering impeccably tailored suits, exquisite dress shirts, and a curated selection of accessories. Purple Label is designed for  those who seek the very best in clothing and accessories. Ralph Lauren himself has referred to Purple Label as his "ultimate expression of luxury." Each piece in this line reflects the brand's unwavering commitment to quality, craftsmanship, and attention to detail. Purple Label is not just about clothing; it's a statement of personal style and a mark of distinction.

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A Timeless Legacy

Our relationship with Ralph Lauren started with one brand - Black Label - when they decided to take a risk on us in 2012 when we first opened.  Today, we are the only Canadian retailer that carries RRL Ralph Lauren in store; our complete Ralph Lauren collection of Polo, RRL and Purple Label was selected with the utmost care and represents something truly unique.

From its iconic Polo line embodying east coast prep, to the ruggedness of RRL and the ultimate expression of luxury with Purple Label, Ralph Lauren has built a brand that is accessible yet exclusive simultaneously. The iconic Americana style that Ralph Lauren represents is something that resonates with us and makes us proud to carry a brand that has played such a large role in shaping the fashion industry.

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