Ralph Lauren Biography

(Fashion Designer, Executive Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of the ‘Ralph Lauren Corporation’)

Birthday: October 14, 1939 (Libra)

Born In: New York City, United States

Ralph Lauren’s name has been bookmarked as one of the classiest names in the world of fashion. His famous brand, ‘Polo Ralph Lauren’ is currently a $10 billion dollar enterprise and continues to carve a niche in the market for casuals and semi-formal menswear and women wear. Apart from clothing and accessories, this suave entrepreneur and fashion designer is renowned for his rare collection of automobiles, some of which have been exhibited in museum displays. As a young boy, he was known to be one of the best-dressed teenagers who would splurge all his pocket money on buying luxurious suits. He then established ‘Polo Fashions’, the first of his ventures with a loan. He went on to carve a place for himself in the market and despite his successes, he continued to face strong competition from already established fashion houses like Armani. However, with his ambitious personality, he caught hold of the upcoming fashion market by diverging out into women’s clothing, furniture, sheets and towels. He soon established his enterprise as a public company and from then on, the fashion house’s name has only been soaring. In addition to his successful business enterprise, he is an avid supporter of philanthropic activities and has founded the charitable organizations, ‘Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention’ and ‘Pink Pony Fund’.

Quick Facts

Also Known As: Ralph Lipshitz

Age: 84 Years, 84 Year Old Males


Spouse/Ex-: Ricky Anne Loew-Beer

father: Frank Lifshitz

mother: Frieda

children: Andrew Lauren, David Lauren, Dylan Lauren

Born Country: United States

Billionaires Fashion Designers

Height: 5'9" (175 cm), 5'9" Males

Notable Alumni: Baruch College

Ancestry: Polish American

City: Bronx, New York

U.S. State: New Yorkers

More Facts

education: Baruch College

awards: Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur

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    When was Ralph Lauren founded?

    Ralph Lauren was founded in 1967.
  • 2

    Where is Ralph Lauren headquartered?

    Ralph Lauren is headquartered in New York City, United States.
  • 3

    What does the Ralph Lauren logo represent?

    The Ralph Lauren logo, which features a polo player on a horse, represents the brand's association with classic, elegant sportsmanship.
  • 4

    What are some popular products offered by Ralph Lauren?

    Ralph Lauren offers a wide range of products, including clothing, accessories, fragrances, and home decor items.
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    How did Ralph Lauren become a prominent figure in the fashion industry?

    Ralph Lauren gained prominence in the fashion industry by creating a distinct brand that symbolizes American elegance and luxury.
Childhood & Early Life

Ralph Lauren was born Ralph Lifshitz on October 14, 1939, to Jewish immigrants, Fraydl and Frank Lifshitz in Bronx, New York. He was the third of four siblings. 

He studied at the Baruch College and then at the MTA, but eventually graduated from the DeWitt Clinton High School, in 1957.
At the age of 16, he changed his name to Ralph Lauren, because other children would make fun of his last name. When he was still in school, he would sell neck-ties to his classmates.
He studied business at Baruch College, but dropped out from the college after two years. From 1962 to 1964, he briefly served in the United States Army, following which he worked with the Brooks Brothers as a sales assistant.
In 1966, he became extremely inspired to create his own versions of European-styled neckties, but the company he was working for, brushed it off as an unrealistic project.
He then left the company and struggled on his own, where he converted rags into ties and sold his products from one small shop to another in New York. His breakthrough came, when Neiman Marcus, decided to buy a 100 dozen of his ties. Thus, his career in the world of fashion began.
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In 1967, he took a $50,000 loan from a clothing manufacturer, Norman Hilton and opened a necktie store under the label ‘Polo’. He obtained the rights to use the emblem ‘Polo’ from Brooks Brothers.
In 1971, he expanded his small business and opened a Polo boutique in the pricey, Rodeo Drive, in Beverly Hills.
In 1972, he released his trademark short-sleeve shirt with the Polo logo and also unveiled his first Ralph Lauren collection for women. He gained even more recognition after he designed a whole clothing line for the movies, ‘The Great Gatsby’ and ‘Annie Hall’.
In 1984, he established his first flagship store, ‘Polo Ralph Lauren’ by converting the Rhinelander Mansion into his store.
In 1997, Ralph Lauren Corporation became a public company and floated on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol ‘RL’.
In 2000, he signed a revolutionary 30-year deal with NBC associates to sell his fashionable ‘lifestyle’ on social media, in print and on television.
Apart from his involvement in the world of fashion, he established charitable organizations, the ‘American Heros Fund’ that provides subsidies to children whose parents perished in the September 11 attacks and the ‘Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention’, in the year, 2003.
By 2007, Ralph Lauren had established over 35 boutiques in 23 locations, around the United States.
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Major Works
Ralph Lauren’s genius, among many other qualities of any businessman, made him the creator, designer and the head of a multi-billion dollar company. He also became the first fashion designer to have his own flagship store in the United States and became the first designer to sell the ideal ‘lifestyle’ image of complexity, class and taste, through his multifarious lines of clothing, accessories and home furnishings.
Awards & Achievements
In 1970, he was honored with the COTY Award for his menswear line.
He was declared the Chevalier de la Legion d’honneur by Nicolas Sarkozy, in 2010.
Forbes magazine listed him as the 162nd richest person in the world.
Personal Life & Legacy
He married Ricky Anne Loew-Beer on December 20, 1964, in New York City. They have three children; Andrew Lauren, David Lauren and Dylan Lauren.
He was diagnosed with non-threatening brain tumor and underwent surgery to remove the brain tumor, in 1987.
Facts About Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren's real name is Ralph Lifshitz. He changed his surname to Lauren when he was a teenager, as he believed it would be easier to pronounce and remember.

He started his fashion empire by selling ties out of a drawer at a small office in the Empire State Building in New York City.
He has a passion for classic cars and owns an impressive collection, which includes rare and vintage automobiles.
Ralph Lauren is known for his love of Western and American-inspired designs, often drawing inspiration from the American West and Hollywood glamour in his collections.
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