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September 13, 2012 | By Booth Moore, Fashion Critic
NEW YORK -- Runway ole! Ralph Lauren tapped into the feeling of exoticism that has swept through several of the collections here this week, showing his Latin American-themed spring-summer line on Thursday, the final day of New York Fashion Week. The look: Luxe folk with Spanish and Latin American influences. Suede jackets and jodphurs with tooled leather details inspired by toreador costumes. Romantic poet blouses and crisp white broad cloth wrap shirts. Serape stripe shawls and slouchy hobo bags.
February 14, 2014 | By Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
NEW YORK - When the U.S. Olympic Team's opening ceremony sweaters were unveiled last month, the social media reaction to the star-spangled red, white and blue patchwork knit cardigans was overwhelmingly negative. It seemed as if every armchair fashion critic with an Internet connection had his or her long knives out. Online responses ranged from one-word critiques ("obnoxious," "horrible") to comparisons to ugly Christmas sweaters. One commenter mused: "Is there a law that says every U.S. Olympics team has to wear an uglier outfit than the previous Olympics team?"
July 19, 2012 | By Robert J.S. Ross
Ralph Lauren, the crown prince of preppy, received more than $30 million in compensation in 2011 from the corporation he founded and of which he and his family control about 73%. He is on the Forbes list of billionaires. The Ralph Lauren firm physically produces nothing: It is a design, marketing and licensing operation that hires factories to make its stuff. The company has had the U.S. Olympic team deal since 2008. A men's team shirt costs $425 and a woman's skirt $498. The beret that makes the athletes look like recruits for the U.S. Special Forces and a T-shirt each cost $55. Perhaps it is the high unemployment rate or the in-your-face patriotism induced by an election year, but the news that Lauren's prep-chic outfits are made in China has produced a rare bipartisan storm of criticism.
February 13, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Ralph Lauren made fashion news Thursday at New York Fashion Week by launching the first Polo women's collection on the runway, showing 25 looks before his high-end Collection pieces. He told the industry publication Women's Wear Daily that he was launching the more rugged and sporty women's collection to capitalize on the global popularity of the Polo brand name, which until now has only encompassed men's wear. The pieces were more along the lines of what you'd see from a contemporary brand, with prices ($89 to $998)
February 7, 2003 | Booth Moore, Times Staff Writer
Ralph Lauren the brand has so thoroughly pervaded popular culture that it has practically transcended the designer himself. But now, two very different biographies are examining the man who built an apparel empire in America's image. "Genuine Authentic" (HarperCollins), by New York Daily News columnist Michael Gross, is the dishier of the two.
September 1, 1989 | BETTY GOODWIN
Ralph Lauren has a new personal cause. He's supporting a trend the advertising industry calls "new traditionalism." It has to do with a renewed interest in family life, homespun values and all things American--something the folks at Polo think unlikely to go away, according to Mary Randolph Carter, vice president and director of advertising.
February 12, 2008 | From the Associated Press
The U.S. economy may be stumbling, but J.C. Penney Co. Chief Executive Myron "Mike" Ullman III believes its biggest brand launch ever -- an exclusive line with Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. -- couldn't happen at a better time. "We think given this competitive climate, we are very well positioned to take market share," Ullman said. The brand, American Living, is expected to be a billion-dollar business in the next few years, accounting for 5% of the department store chain's annual sales, Ullman said.
July 13, 2012 | By Shan Li and William D'Urso, Los Angeles Times
At the Olympics in London, U.S. athletes are set to parade proudly behind the American flag in opening ceremonies later this month, but their made-in-China uniforms from designer Ralph Lauren are already creating a stir - and it's not just those wacky berets. The decision to have the red, white and blue uniforms manufactured in China has provoked a storm of criticism in Congress, where "made in America" is always a popular election-year theme. The issue has rippled across the nation with frustration, resignation and understanding as the preppy outfits unveiled this week drew some unexpected attention.
April 16, 1987 | Associated Press
Fashion designer Ralph Lauren, 47, was recuperating well today following surgery for removal of a benign brain tumor, a spokesman said. Alexander Vreeland, spokesman for the Polo-Ralph Lauren company, said Lauren is expected to leave the hospital later this week and return to work in May. He declined to say which hospital Lauren is in or provide any further details of his condition, citing a concern for privacy.
October 27, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A deer romped through two upscale shops in the Georgetown neighborhood before animal control officers tranquilized it. The animal, described by one shop owner as a buck with small antlers, first ran into the Diesel clothing store and then into the Ralph Lauren store next door. The deer was unharmed.
February 8, 2014 | Shan Li
When the U.S. Olympic team paraded at the opening ceremony of the Sochi Games, a husband-and-wife duo from Southern California kept a close eye on the sweaters. The controversial cardigans worn by Team USA -- lauded by some as homespun Americana and derided by others as rejects from Grandpa's closet -- were produced in the City of Commerce factory owned by Elizabeth and Eddy Park. The couple, who own the Ball of Cotton knitwear company, have been hard at work since retailer Ralph Lauren tapped them in 2012 to sew part of the U.S. Olympic uniform in Sochi.
February 7, 2014 | By Shan Li
At the opening ceremony for the Sochi Olympics, U.S. athletes will walk out in bold patchwork sweaters that were knit, sewn and embroidered right here in Southern California. Ball of Cotton, based in the City of Commerce, has been busy at work since retailer Ralph Lauren asked them to produce both the opening and closing ceremony sweaters for the American team, said Elizabeth Park, co-owner of the knitwear company with husband Eddy. “One sweater takes more than 12 hours,” said Park, 56. “Lots of hand whip-stitching, and it goes through many hands.” The husband-and-wife duo said they were first approached by Ralph Lauren in 2012.
February 4, 2014 | By Liesl Bradner, This post has been updated as indicated below
The official Team USA opening and closing ceremony parade uniforms designed by Ralph Lauren may have been unveiled recently, but an unofficial Winter Games collection designed by American artists will be launched during fashion week in New York City. The "Purple and Gold" collection track suits were individually designed by 15 American artists, including Los Angeles-based Lucas Michael, Ginger Brooks Takahashi and David Benjamin Sherry, in response to Russia's anti-gay legislation.
January 26, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
It's been a banner season for Ralph Lauren on the red carpet. First he dressed fashion It girl Lupita Nyong'o at the Golden Globes and now he has a lock on Madonna for the Grammys. Madonna will be wearing look 49 from the spring 2014 Ralph Lauren collection (above, left), a black cady double-breasted tuxedo jacket, matching wool pants and a white cotton shirt. And ratcheting up the adorable factor, she will be joined at the ceremony by a mini-me. Her son David will be wearing a Ralph Lauren Boys tuxedo.  Of course, Madonna has never met a tuxedo she didn't love.
October 29, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
With 100 days to go before the Winter Olympics begin in Sochi, Russia, the U.S. Olympic Committee and Ralph Lauren unveiled the first pieces of a domestically made Team USA wardrobe produced across nearly a third of U.S states. Our Sports section colleague David Wharton wrote  about the reveal of the closing ceremony outfits earlier Tuesday, so we aren't going to rehash it. (We will, however, note that we find that navy wool peacoat with the red banner stripe particularly fetching as far as cold weather gear goes.)
September 12, 2013 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
NEW YORK -- Jessica Alba looked like a modern-day Audrey Hepburn on Thursday morning at New York Fashion Week, wearing a ballet pink full skirt and black sweater, with cat eyeliner and her hair in a chignon. It was a fabulously flirty 1950s look, but the Ralph Lauren collection she was front row to see was decidedly 1960s. The look; "Mod Squad" by way of Savile Row. Graphic black-and-white mini dresses in leather or cotton knit, some with menswear flourishes, such as a necktie or a white pique bib, all worn with black knee socks and square-heeled patent leather pumps.
May 6, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Say there's a concert scheduled at a major Los Angeles venue, but that managers smell gas in the air before the show goes on. Chances are that they will cancel the event and take a loss out of an abundance of caution, said Dov Charney, chief executive of local clothing company American Apparel. But the same steps weren't taken last month, when a garment factory in Bangladesh crumpled soon after workers complained of cracks appearing in the walls, Charney said. More than 600 people died in the collapse, according to several reports.
April 22, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Ralph Lauren Corp., the American maker of luxurious preppy fashions, will pay $1.6 million to settle bribery claims related to its dealings in Argentina. In a 2010 internal review, the clothing company uncovered evidence of a subsidiary bribing Argentine officials to the tune of $593,000 over four years, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said in a statement . Within two weeks of the discovery, Ralph Lauren reported the violations to the regulatory agency, offering up relevant documents translated into English, even bringing foreign witnesses to the U.S. for interviews, according to the SEC. Its cooperation with authorities -- “the right thing” to do, according to the agency -- helped the New York-based company avoid prosecution, the SEC said.
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