Ralph Lauren, American fashion designer, born 1939 in the Bronx, New York City. The self-thought fashion designer started his fashion career as a shop assistant and buyer in different department stores before he designed a handmade tie collection for Beau Brummel in 1967. Its immediate success encouraged Lauren to start his own menswear collection Polo by Ralph Lauren one year later. Based in Midtown Manhattan, he launched his first womenswear collection and his first standalone store in Beverly Hills, California in 1971. As of 2009, Polo Ralph Lauren is one of the largest retailers in the United States. The luxury lifestyle company specializes in high-end casual wear for both women and men, accessories, furniture and fragrances.
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