80 posts tagged "Ralph Lauren"
Ralph Lauren won’t be the only one outfitting America’s athletes for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Burton, too, has created some duds for the competitors—specifically, the snowboarding team. The kit’s oatmeal wool beanies, camel long johns, and eggshell yellow gloves don’t exactly scream patriotism. However, with their weathered stars and stripes motifs, the patchwork cream, blue, gingham, and plaid hooded parkas scream vintage Americana. Go forth and shred it in style, Team U.S.A.
The 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, are fast approaching, and today, Ralph Lauren—the official outfitter of Team U.S.A.—has unveiled the athletes’ closing ceremony garb. Lauren, who’s been dressing America’s Olympians since 2008, caught some flack last year for producing the sports stars’ uniforms in China, but this time around, RL made sure that each and every stitch was done right here in the U.S. of A. The team’s Opening Ceremony ensembles will be revealed closer to the games, which kick off on February 7.
It’s not just rescue puppies and Paris’ École des Beaux-Arts that have fallen into Ralph Lauren’s good graces of late. Today, WWD reports that the designer’s company has donated $500,000 to the Fashion Manufacturing Initiative, which, launched last month by the CFDA, Theory CEO Andrew Rosen, and the New York City Economic Development Corp., aims to raise funds to help New York’s garment industry thrive. It’s nice to see that the New York-born Lauren (who caught some flack for producing the RL-designed 2012 Olympic uniforms in China) is rallying to support the home team.
Ralph Lauren doesn’t just have a soft spot for polo ponies—the brand is showing puppies some love, too. In honor of Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, Ralph Lauren will donate ten percent of the sales from select merchandise to the ASPCA from today through November 15. To get the word out, the brand has released an impossibly adorable—and shoppable—film dubbed The Dog Walk. The short features cuddly rescue puppies (and their RL-clad masters) as they trot around Upper and Lower Manhattan, and Paris. Naturally, the flick’s furry stars are kitted out with the label’s dog accessories and carriers. Take a peek at the video here, and for more information on the initiative, visit www.ralphlauren.com.
Man of the World‘s domain is the rough-edged, sepia-toned, tweed-and-leather corner of the menswear universe. Its holy grail, therefore, is RRL. RRL (double-arr-ell, for those of you sounding it out) is the rough-and-tumblest part of Ralph Lauren’s menswear kingdom, as well as the part held closest to the chest: Lauren doesn’t show the collections, refuses to let their atmospheric environs at his multi-brand showroom be photographed, and generally keeps mum on the subject—in spite of (or maybe because of) the fact that it’s the one that’s closest to his own style. Named for his sprawling Colorado ranch, RRL exists as a denim-centric obsession to the wonkiest of menswear aficionados and a slight mystery to everyone else. Its immaculately set-designed and prop-strewn flagship stores establish the scene but don’t clear up much. Neither, admittedly, does the rare interview Lauren gave to Man of the World on the subject. “When Double RL launched in 1993, we ran an image of wild horses stamped with the logo RRL. People weren’t sure what RRL was, or even how to pronounce it, but I wanted to maintain some mystery around the brand,” he says. “I wanted a certain person to discover RRL on his or her own.” The magazine’s new issue, which includes an unprecedented glimpse into the hardbound “RRL Bible,” comprising all the tags and labels ever made for it, will help even the obsessives do just that.
The new issue of Man of the World goes on sale today.