(October 14, 1939- )
Birth name is Ralph Lifshitz
Founded Polo Fashions (1968)
Polo/Ralph Lauren for Men
Ralph Lauren for Women
Ralph Lauren Home
Ralph Lauren paint
Won the Coty American Fashion Critics' Awards (1970, 73, 74, 76, 77, 81 and 84)
Honored by Council of Fashion Designers of America (1981, 86 and 91)
Why he might be annoying
He dropped out of City College.
His Polo brand appeals to upscale yuppies and preppies.
He is a snob and his clothing is snobbish.
He chose the name Polo because it signified the upper crust.
He spends time working on making the packaging attractive.
He sells everything from fragrances to furniture.
He said 'I don't design clothes, I design dreams.'
He and his brothers legally changed their name to Lauren.
Why he might not be annoying
He is a billionaire.
As a child he and his two brothers shared the same room.
He worked after school to afford expensive suits.
His first designs were wide ties.
When Bloomingdales insisted he remove his name from his wide ties and make them slender, he refused, and Bloomingdales refused to sell his ties. When the ties sold very well elsewhere, Bloomingdales begged him to allow them to sell again.
He was the first designer to open his own store.
He did a cameo as himself on 'Friends.'
He collects cars.
He served in the US Army (1962-64).
His design influences were the duke of Windsor, Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn.
He is self-described as 'antifashion' and prefers traditional clothing.
He is often compared to designer Calvin Klein, both Jews born in the Bronx, prior to WW II.
He was acclaimed for designing the period clothing for 'The Great Gatsby' (1974).
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Year In Review:
For 2017, as of last week, Out of 12 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
In 2016, Out of 5 Votes: 60.0% Annoying
In 2015, Out of 14 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
In 2014, Out of 115 Votes: 49.57% Annoying
In 2013, Out of 22 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
In 2012, Out of 24 Votes: 58.33% Annoying
In 2011, Out of 73 Votes: 53.42% Annoying
In 2010, Out of 24 Votes: 45.83% Annoying
In 2009, Out of 49 Votes: 51.02% Annoying
In 2008, Out of 53 Votes: 50.94% Annoying
In 2007, Out of 163 Votes: 71.17% Annoying
In 2006, Out of 127 Votes: 65.35% Annoying
In 2005, Out of 297 Votes: 69.70% Annoying
In 2004, Out of 461 Votes: 69.41% Annoying
In 2003, Out of 67 Votes: 56.72% Annoying
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