Isn't RRL pretty much Ralph Lauren's "hobby" line that allows him to make the things that are really special to him? If the suiting was available online, that would have probably been the closest out of any of the lines for people wanting to continue with the Rugby aesthetic, who also didn't live in the US, or near one of the stores at least.
That reminds me. Since I appear to be locked into a juvenile debate about whether Ralph's choice of Rugby/Denim and Supply model is "hot or not" on another thread, the person I was going to ask might not be partial to answering, so I might as well ask here. I know this has probably been asked before, but what is the fit of RRL like on comparable items, like dress shirts, jackets etc, as compared to Rugby?
I know it's not going to be the same, since I appear to almost have the same measurements as whoever the fit model for Rugby size small was, but is it out of the question to get this stuff off the rack and expect there to be form fitting items of clothing?
Regarding Denim and Supply: I was going to say that surely this isn't a good use for these store locations, but if they are doing well, it might make some kind of sense. I'm way out of that demographic, and no longer follow the same people on Tumblr that I used to, but judging by what I used to see, their whole revitalisation of 90s grunge might be what's feeding the Denim and Supply success. Maybe Denim and Supply is an "entry drug" to the grungier items from RRL, the same way that Rugby was for me to their other lines.
@Alcibiades: I actually put the only shirt I have with a horse on it into storage recently. Part of the reason was the horse, the other part was it's a checked design that is the most overexposed pattern worn here by the chinless masses on their "going out shirts". I can't do it. It's like that religious symbol misappropriated by Hugo Boss's most notorious clients. Ruined forever. I still have a couple of ponyless shirts and some ties and things, but really, Rugby had a special fit that not even the Polo custom fit can come close to. But I bet that new store's going to be nice to visit ...