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Ralph Lauren lines, and 'who makes what' - a definitive guide

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by apropos, Dec 27, 2008.

  1. bbhewee

    bbhewee Well-Known Member

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    I have some old Polo Sport made in Canada waffle crews... Any idea as to who used to make their stuff? I remember reading somewhere CYC being involved, but if anyone has any info it'd be appreciated. Cheers.
     
  2. Fred H.

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    I've been really diggin' some RLPL ties/squares I've picked up lately. The fabric/weight is sublime.
     
  3. Kensington

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    At what point did Ralph Lauren lose control of the Lauren Ralph Lauren line? How was the quality prior to this loss?
     
  4. francisco_bt

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    Sorry to bump this thread, but I recently bought three RRL suits and there is nothing vintage about them. They had an extra slim cut, narrow lapels, they were two vented with flat front pants. Fabrics were fine, with great colors (one of the most beautiful navy pinstipe I've seen).

    I got them at 50%, thank you Dillards.
     
  5. rebel222

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    Sorry to bump this thread, but I recently bought three RRL suits and there is nothing vintage about them. They had an extra slim cut, narrow lapels, they were two vented with flat front pants. Fabrics were fine, with great colors (one of the most beautiful navy pinstipe I've seen).

    I got them at 50%, thank you Dillards.


    RRL or Ralph by Ralph Lauren? Those are two different things.
     
  6. kmdsimpson

    kmdsimpson Well-Known Member

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    At what point did Ralph Lauren lose control of the Lauren Ralph Lauren line? How was the quality prior to this loss?

    I am pretty sure that Ralph Lauren lost control of the LRL line a while back, like maybe more than 10 years? But someone I know who worked for Ralph Lauren in finance told me that they recently bought it back. However, I think they are keeping it as a department-store only brand.


    Sorry to bump this thread, but I recently bought three RRL suits and there is nothing vintage about them. They had an extra slim cut, narrow lapels, they were two vented with flat front pants. Fabrics were fine, with great colors (one of the most beautiful navy pinstipe I've seen).

    I got them at 50%, thank you Dillards.


    RRL or Ralph by Ralph Lauren? Those are two different things.

    Yes, definitely confusing the two. No way RRL would be sold at Dillards. Plus the suit is not RRL style. Easy mistake to make based on the wording of the labels, though.. if you did not know what the vintage/western "double-R L" label and clothes style looked like.

    Sounds like you got some nice suits, though.
     
  7. mickeymickey

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    Does anyone know who makes the Bartley Made in America boat shoes? What about the other mocassin type shoes, such as the crepe soled boots with the flannel top and pockets from last season? Are these all Quoddy? Or does Alden make some of these?
     
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    Does anyone know who makes the Bartley Made in America boat shoes? What about the other mocassin type shoes, such as the crepe soled boots with the flannel top and pockets from last season? Are these all Quoddy? Or does Alden make some of these?

    I'm pretty sure those are made by Rancourt & Co. since it says they're made in Maine and Business Week says RL is a client of theirs.
     
  10. chet

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    Do any of the US factory stores sell RLPL? Any best bets near Chicago?
     
  11. zty_07

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    It is interesting that I can always find RRL pants in Dillard's. They retail at about 65 dollars and you can get them on sale at about $10. They are made of polyester and rayon. Is this the same stuff as you all mentioned Double RL?
     
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    It is interesting that I can always find RRL pants in Dillard's. They retail at about 65 dollars and you can get them on sale at about $10. They are made of polyester and rayon. Is this the same stuff as you all mentioned Double RL?


    I haven't seen any RRL pants in polyester or rayon. The only RRL pants I have seen have been various styles of cotton chinos or denim
     
  13. Alcibiades

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    Isn't there a decent compromise somewhere between $75 and $295 chinos? This is part of my beef with Polo. It's either too JCrewish or too Purple Labelish. It seems there is a sweet spot they are missing.

    The best way to address this is to
    1) Shop frequently at RL stores and online
    2) Gain access to pre sales and private sales

    At that point, $295 chins become $175

    Also, Brooks Brothers seems to be in the price range you are looking for at full price (quality is debatable)

    For the best RL stuff, visit a store in your region once a quarter, get on their list, etc. The best RL stuff within each of their lines tends to be in store; if the particular store doesn't have it, SAs will call around nationally. For nice basics (polos, cashmere sweaters, spot shirts, chinos, some ties), denim (RRL), shoes (Darlton on sale, various other offerings), tailored clothing (blue, purple, black labels), few stores have the breadth of Ralph's retail network
     
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    --> I believe the RRL line is named after the RRL Ranch, which in my understanding is for Ralph & Ricky Lauren, his wife. I know she greatly enjoys the styling of the RRL line.

    It is also worthy to note that there has been an increase of asia made RLPL sportswear and RLBL sportswear, notably cashmere sweaters and sportshirts - whilst still charging the original italian prices.
     
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    Any idea on who made these shoes? I believe they are at least 10+ years old.
     
  17. md2010

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    these are PRL made in China shoes. Who cares who makes them in China !
     
  18. Pawz

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    I saw something odd at Belk's not too long ago. Ralph Lauren Denim & Supply, or something like that. Prices were a bit higher than PRL and I didn't see anything remarkably different in regards to the quality of the RLD&S vs. PRL items.
     
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    RL denim supply is the last tire and cheaper than all the other lines. You maybe referring to RRL - which is more expensive than PRL.
     
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    It's hit or miss, but I've seen RLPL in the Michigan City IN store and the Aurora IL store.
     

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