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Ralph Lauren Experts?...

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by jamiebryant, May 28, 2012.

  1. jamiebryant

    jamiebryant Senior member

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    Can anyone tell me the difference between "Polo Ralph Lauren" and "Ralph Lauren" with the pony logo between Ralph and Lauren?
    Im on their website and they seem to be selling both under the Polo section. I was under the impression that the "Ralph Lauren" blue label with the pony was some cheap line.

    anyway, any thoughts?
     
  2. jamiebryant

    jamiebryant Senior member

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    ...Wait a minute, think im seeing a pattern here, all the Button-Down Collared shirts have that label.
    I dont get it though, is it still a part of the "Polo" line even though it doesnt say so on the label
     
  3. sportin_life

    sportin_life Senior member

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    See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ralph_Lauren_Corporation

    High quality:

    RL Purple Label, RLPL (highest pricepoint, forum favorite, luxury items, more conservative than RLBL)

    RL Black Label, RLBL (modern slim cuts, forum favorite, high price but below RLPL)

    RRL (casual wear and denim, priced high, very well constructed items)

    Average quality:

    Polo Ralph Lauren (i.e. RL Blue Label), PRL (the "pony" line since the horse is a polo player; this is the most widely found line, and cheaper than RLBL, but not "cheap" by any means --- priced higher than most high street brands i.e. banana, j crew, etc.; from my experience quality runs all over the place for PRL with average to high quality, never had anything too crappy though)

    RLX is their athletic apparel line and quality is decent, but most items are overpriced imo

    Ralph Lauren Rugby (aimed at the college crowd to compete with Abercrombie basically, cheaper than PRL, quality is decent, for a while their made in Italy suits were a great bargain)

    Below average-average quality:

    RL Denim & Supply (basically their version of gap with cheaper priced goods, most stuff is average quality, I only own a few T-shirts from this line)

    Club Monaco (this is also owned by the RL parent company, not sure if RL produces anything for CM directly)

    Below crappy quality:

    Lauren for men (green label) (this is not even made by RL and is crap)

    Other lines that I don't know much about:

    RL also has a golf line and a tennis line, but I have no experience with these goods
     
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  4. Quadcammer

    Quadcammer Senior member

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    meh, LRL is cheap and the quality is not great, but for first suits at a bargain price, they are very serviceable.
     
  5. jeff13007

    jeff13007 Senior member

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    And i think their women's line LRL is suppose to be pretty good. But tbh they have so many dam lines i have a hard time keeping up with which is suppose to be high quality and which is crap
     
  6. MikeDT

    MikeDT Senior member

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    There's also an RL Olympic line...
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    Probably made in China.
     
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  7. OmniscientCause

    OmniscientCause Senior member

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    This is pretty accurate...RL employee for 4 years.
     
  8. sportin_life

    sportin_life Senior member

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    I think the RL Olympic line is actually re-badged PRL?
     
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  9. gladhands

    gladhands Senior member

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    I think that PRL shoes and tailored clothes have been given short thrift in this thread...unless of course, we no longer consider C&J and Corneliani quality manufacturers.
     
  10. Saturdays

    Saturdays Senior member

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    Polo Ralph Lauren is the 'cheap' line. Within itself there are very nice clothes and high quality items - but the range is HUGE. I'm talking horrible cotton sweaters to cashmere sweaters that fell from heaven.

    Rugby RL - falls similarly as PRL - but i would say the gap in quality is smaller

    RRL - is all trad/heritage Americana - from workers wear to Jesse James' outfits. All done very very very well. Best denim you can buy.

    Black Label is gearing to more medium-high quality - specifically italian cuts.

    Purple Label has a small range of just high quality.



    Now what does Ralph Lauren vs Polo Ralph Lauren mean?

    It really depends on the item. If its shoes/boots Ralph Lauren > Polo Ralph Lauren. Usually PRL is bad-okay and sometimes very very good. Ralph Lauren on the other hand makes some very nice shoes and the best is from RLPL.

    If its something else, a picture of the item will clear it up.
     
  11. Quadcammer

    Quadcammer Senior member

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    I dunno, $1200 for a PRL blazer makes it not all that "cheap" in my mind. Sure, the RLPL one is probably $2200, but still
     
  12. Saturdays

    Saturdays Senior member

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    Maybe I should clarify that the 'range' i mentioned includes quality and price - PRL does make 'cheap' blazers as well as 'quality' blazers. RLPL only makes 'quality' - it has no vision for anything below a very high line.
     
  13. otc

    otc Senior member

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    While the experts are all hanging out here...

    Can anyone tell me some other makers that fit similar to RLPL but aren't necessarily so conservative and come in at a lower price point?

    The RLPL suits I have tried on are about the only RTW suits I have seen that are close to fitting me well off the rack (RLBL is basically impossible and blue label needs a size up to fit my chest which then makes it fit poorly everywhere else).

    Would be nice if someone made a similar shape jacket that didn't cost 4 grand....
     
  14. NORE

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    I can speak to RLPL LRL & Polo:

    You can find items labeled "Polo" ranging from very high quality to very low quality. You just have to know what to look for.
    Generally they hold their purple label high up so quality is usually high as well.
    The (licensed) Lauren line of goods can be crappy or good, depending on what you're buying. I've owned several suits and flannel trousers that aside from the label were almost indistinguishable from similar items of the higher branded goods. People here will tell you the green label stuff is crap with most of them not having owned or even handled one item. The key is to check for yourself.
     
  15. GodAtum

    GodAtum Senior member

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    How much would be a RLPL suit in the UK be? Thinking of getting a new suit from them or cad & dandy.
     
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  16. Snedley

    Snedley Senior member

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    At least 20% more due to the VAT
     
  17. zippyh

    zippyh Senior member

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    This 3 piece RLPL suit on Mr Porter is $3695 from the US site or 3740gbp from the UK site.
     
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  18. mr monty

    mr monty Senior member

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    American Living sold only at J C Penney
     
  19. MikeDT

    MikeDT Senior member

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    So it's around 50% more for the same product in the UK than in the US....that figures, Apple does the same sort of 1 GBP = 1 USD thing.
     
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  20. tjknupp

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    I picked up this Ralph Lauren 100% wool coat, belted with leather buckle, button up front, with two front pockets and two chest pockets. I am confused about the label "POLO COUNTRY" and can't seem to find it or anything similar online. The coat is in mint condition and I would like to find out a value for resale and anything else I can find out. The help is appreciated!


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    Sorry about the poor quality of some of these pictures. I can post more if needed.
     

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