New York Fashion Week is coming to an end and Tao & Lola have had a ball in the Big Apple! Jetting to New York (because fashion should always get you out of school) the pair sat front row at their favorite designers’ shows and, of course, attended lots of A-list after parties. One point that remained with the duo as they flitted from show to show, was the ever evolving eye of the American designer. One of their personal favorites? Ralph Lauren! From his classic, sporty aesthetic to his love of Western regalia, he truly creates special pieces for all walks of life.
Born Ralph Lifshitz to Jewish parents in the Bronx, he decided to change his name at the tender age of 16. He told Oprah, “When I was a kid, the other kids would make a lot of fun of me. It was a tough name. That’s why I decided to change it.” The name he chose will forever be synonymous with American style. In 1967, Lauren began designing men’s neckties, branding them under the name “Polo” and selling them at large department stores, including Bloomingdale’s. Lauren then expanded his designs to a full menswear line. Just three years later, in 1970, Lauren was awarded the Coty Award for his menswear designs. Following this recognition, he released a line of women’s suits tailored in a classic men’s style. In 1972, Lauren released a short-sleeve cotton shirt in 24 colors. This design, emblazoned with the Polo logo, became the brand’s signature look- Source. The rest, as they say, is history.
Stop into C.Mad’s to shop our collection of classic Americana from Native American turquoise to iconic Ralph Lauren pieces!