Ralph Lauren
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Ralph Lauren

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Born Ralph Lifshitz in the Bronx, New York, Ralph Lauren was fashion aware at a very early age. By spending his hard-earned pocket money on expensive suits, Lauren became the best dressed 12-year-old in his neighbourhood. It wasn’t long before the young entrepreneur left his middle class Jewish roots behind him to set out on a quest to establish his very own fashion empire.

Rather than study design, he completed most of a business degree and learned his trade through evening jobs. While working at one of these jobs, he began designing wide ties and with a $50,000 loan, Lauren founded the company Polo Fashions in 1968.

Polo went on to champion the 'power suit' of the early 1980s in the face of strong competition from Armani. With expansion firmly in his sights, Lauren branched out into women's clothing, sheets, towels and furniture.

 

 

 

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