When most people think of Polo Ralph Lauren, they imagine the classic short sleeved cotton mesh shirt, always adorned with the classic player logo on the chest. During the 80s and 90s, Polo was a massive success, and the brand churned out thousands of high quality sportswear pieces that are still floating around secondhand shops today. Most of them were sourced from a client who inherited what must have been one of the largest private Polo Ralph Lauren collections in the country. The vintage Polo Ralph Lauren style revolves around a variety of unique design motifs. Many of them have a cartoonish nature. One popular motif is the Polo Bear, or P-Bear, which often covers the front of a sweater or the back of a jean jacket.
Ralph Lauren , hailed by many as the godfather of prep, built an empire on selling the American dream and the clothing to accompany it. But this isn't about his origin story, or the creation of Polo Ralph Lauren , or how his most famous logo — the polo rider — came to be It's about the adorable and impeccably dressed Polo Bear that, since his birth in , went on to capture the hearts of infants , mothers and grandparents — and the hip-hop community. Maybe those who are deeply entrenched in the world of hip-hop understand how major of a role the bear plays in streetwear, but I wasn't one of those people; thankfully, my husband is. When we took a trip up to Harlem to browse a few stores, I noticed a pattern: merchandising walls dedicated to Ralph Lauren, with the Polo Bear sweaters prominently on display everywhere. But, why?
As she sat on the sand in her Purple Label beach dungarees, she wondered if her life would ever live up to its John Cheever novelization. The man himself! Just Ralph Lauren, cutting a ritzy figure as he waves hello to his Park Avenue neighbors and slides into the back of his town car. The three Scottish Terriers of Lauren St.
Sitting in a deluxe meeting room in an office in midtown Manhattan, David Lauren, an executive vice president of the Ralph Lauren Corp. He's not begging for a raise or showing off his thrift. He is demonstrating a truth about this moment in world culture: that the old is new and the new looks old and there's no need to choose between them—and that his company is on the crest of this cultural wave. The suit was designed by his father, and any wear that it's showing after all these years is like "the patina of a great pickup truck," he says, since the brand "is always rooted in the classics—it's about history.