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The appeal of ralph lauren?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by esquire., Jul 30, 2004.

  1. A Harris

    A Harris Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Gotcha. I see what you mean.
     
  2. marc37

    marc37 Senior member

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    Maybe l was alittle over-the-top by calling R.L and C.K rubbish. Some of their stuff is obviously good. l have a problem with those labels because they are everywhere. The are successful labels because they are a ubiquitous disease: R.L is everywhere. l don't like R.L syling either. You can't get high quality R.L in Australia.

    Versace and Gucci have never let me down. l love their clothing: good quality. Gucci feels great and holds up well over time. Prada has always let me down: it is very uncomfortable and average quality. l find the Prada shoes very comfy [however]. Armani is very over-rated as well: nothing but dissapointment. YSL is great [if you can get it]. Dior is classy and comfy. D&G is very comfy but has quality issues.
     
  3. zjpj83

    zjpj83 Senior member

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    His Ferraris in Montauk [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  4. imageWIS

    imageWIS Senior member

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    (imageWIS @ July 30 2004,09:58) Well, the 1930's (and 1920's) (and the occasional McLaren F1) cars are all owned by Mr. Lauren. Mr. Lauren shops on Savile Row and owns at least one old estate (the one in Montauk), so basically he is selling his lifestyle. Jon.
    His Ferraris in Montauk [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Yeah... Anyone care to help me organize a major car theft in eastern long island? Jon.
     
  5. zjpj83

    zjpj83 Senior member

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    dorian Senior member

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    There in a heartbeat. [​IMG]
     
  7. zjpj83

    zjpj83 Senior member

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    Some think his cars are over-restored. IMO, there is no doubt that he is an enthusiast and loves cars. Some argue that his collection has become part of the image-building, and that the cars are over-restored. I don't know if I would go that far, but there it has for some years been a debate with the concours crew that the cars being shown today are better than new. One good friend and prominent collector said, "A period correct repair is a lot different than many of these cars receive. It's like boobs. Natural ones aren't always perfect but at least they don't release toxic fumes when they burn."
     
  8. StevenRocks

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    Ralph Lauren is an excellent marketer and figured out a way to sell "the good life" as reflected in traditional Northeastern dress, to the world.  I can't fault him for capturing what Brooks Brothers and J. Press couldn't: the essence of Prep, watered down for the mall, of course.  It has made him a very rich and powerful man, and his designs, derivative as they are, empower the masses.
     
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    faustian bargain Senior member

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    that's one for the memory banks. [​IMG]
     
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    I love that it took a Jew from the Bronx to make more money on English clothing than any Brit ever did.
     
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    wowwwww..i'm always amazed at the amount of responses and level of emotion that RL threads spawn..perhaps we're all frustrated designers of merchants of menswear frustrated by his success..he certainly expanded on the style of brooks, j press, and let's not forget the best of them all,paul stuart..does anyone recall that one of his 1st customers, roland meladandri, actually was purveying wide ties and suits with wide lapels to those with money and a fashionforward sense (george segal, david susskind,dick cavett) before ralph lauren mass marketed it..isome of his 1st suits were really beautiful .. i don't really wear much RL becuase i don't care much for brand names..but i still admire his clothing and taste level..i prefer that all the fashion "robots" wear RL to most of whatelse is out there.. [​IMG]
     
  12. zjpj83

    zjpj83 Senior member

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    He, as all designers do, has put out some trash.

    But, I still think he's the best there is.
     
  13. NewYorkBuck

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    I could only imagine why..... [​IMG]
     
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    tgfny Senior member

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    I love that it took a Jew from the Bronx to make more money on English clothing than any Brit ever did.
    I could only imagine why..... Â [​IMG]
    Not ripping him for his religion, just admire his drive and ambition. Only referenced that to show how far from the typical "English Gent" upbringing he had. His dad supposedly worked on the Rock Center murals.
     
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    ernest Senior member

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    What about Schwartzy ?
     
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    zjpj83 - great pictures of his cars. Did you take those yourself? I've always been curious to see what I've heard described as the 'batcave' where RL keeps some of his cars in Montauk.
     
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    I'd rather be buried up to my neck next to a colony of fire ants than walk around with that dopey little man on the horse on my chest, but hey...
     
  18. zjpj83

    zjpj83 Senior member

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    No, not me, somone I know. Here are some more for you. He has about 90 cars total in L.I. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    Wow, 6 pages on a designer and I only have one item that has his name on the label...nice cars too if you like red....I never wear logo'd clothing, and RL pants are way to full cut for me, too bad.....I like the look of a few items he has, bought my daugher a comforter and one of the outlets.. RL while nice is not my thing.
     
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    I have a few items of his clothing and a few items of his furniture around my house. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     

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