“I have always had a clear vision. I wanted to develop quality products and create a whole world around that. It means taking risks, going with what you feel, but never losing sight of your vision and conviction.” ‐ Ralph Lauren
With these words, Ralph Lauren defines the philosophy upon which he has built since 1967 a global lifestyle brand representing the best in American design, exemplified by understated sophistication and the utmost attention to detail.
Ralph Lauren is one of the world’s most innovative design and business leaders, and a cultural icon who has built a multi‐billion dollar global brand. A true fashion icon, Ralph Lauren’s career has spanned four decades that have resulted in numerous unique tributes for his role within the industry.
In October of 2010, Lauren received the Key to the City of New York, an honor given to distinguished persons for outstanding civic contributions. Lauren was presented the Key by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg in celebration of the Company’s newest Women’s store at 888 Madison Avenue. In April of 2010, Lauren received the prestigious Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur from President Nicholas Sarkozy, President of France in recognition of his contributions as a designer, business leader and philanthropist. Lauren is the only designer to receive the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s (CFDA) four highest honors – the Lifetime Achievement Award, the Womenswear Designer of the Year Award, the Menswear Designer of the Year Award, the Retailer of the Year Award, as well as the CFDA’s Humanitarian Leadership Award. In June 2007, the CFDA awarded Lauren the first ever American Fashion Legend Award and in both 2009 and 2010 he received the inaugural CFDA “Popular Vote Award.” In celebration of his contribution to American style, he was also among the first designers inducted into the Fashion Walk of Fame in June 2000.
Beyond the accolades he has received for his mark on the industry, Lauren is also recognized for his strong commitment to philanthropy, both personally and corporately. After helping create the Nina Hyde Center for Breast Cancer Research at Georgetown University with the late Katherine Graham in 1989, he led the fashion industry in its support of breast cancer research with the CFDA initiative Fashion Targets Breast Cancer in 1994. Lauren also founded the Polo Ralph Lauren Foundation. Established in April 2001, it supports initiatives that benefit cancer care and prevention, educational and volunteering programs for underserved communities. Among the corporation’s major philanthropic commitments are Pink Pony, the Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention, and Save America’s Treasures.
Lauren has also been acknowledged for his groundbreaking initiatives in sports marketing, website and mobile technology, as well as his signature cinematic advertising campaigns and retail concepts.
Ralph Lauren has cultivated the iconography of America into a global lifestyle empire. Whether it is a reflection of the New England coast, Native American culture, or Hollywood glamour—Ralph Lauren embodies an expression of timeless style that is recognized and coveted around the world.
Today, the Company is a leader in the design, marketing and distribution of premium lifestyle products in four categories: apparel, home, accessories and fragrances. The Companyʹs brand names, which include Polo by Ralph Lauren, Ralph Lauren Purple Label, Ralph Lauren Collection, Black Label, Blue Label, Lauren by Ralph Lauren, RRL, RLX, Rugby, Ralph Lauren Childrenswear, American Living, Chaps and Club Monaco, constitute one of the most widely recognized families of consumer brands.
Product licensing partners include L’Oreal (perfume and cosmetics), Peerless Inc. (Lauren by Ralph Lauren, Ralph, Chaps and American Living tailored menswear), Warnaco Group (Chaps sportswear), HanesBrands (mens Ralph Lauren underwear) and Luxottica Group (eyewear).
Ralph Lauren operates over 300 stores worldwide, with recent international expansion in Dubai, Korea, and Paris.