The Ralph Lauren Corporate Foundation announced in late March that it will be putting $10 million toward global response efforts to the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s the largest single donation from any clothing brand as of this article’s publication.
In addition to his history of philanthropy, Ralph Lauren, who’s 5’6”, has always inspired us with his design.
Without Ralph Lauren, there’s no Peter Manning NYC. There’s no J.Crew, Abercrombie, Todd Snyder—just to name a handful of brands rooted in American prep.
Born in the Bronx to Ashkenazi Jewish immigrant parents, Ralph created the fantasy of ranch life combined with the romance of the sport of polo. That vision remains the ethos of his brand today. In the early 1970s his polo shirt, emblazoned with his signature polo player icon, took off. In 1974 Diane Keaton and Woody Allen wore his clothes in the film “Annie Hall.” Today his company is an online and retail giant that offers casual and formal clothes for men, women and children.