October 14, 1939
The Bronx, New York
|Net worth||US$6 billion (March 2016)|
|Board member of||Polo Ralph Lauren
|Spouse(s)||Ricky Anne Loew-Beer (m. 1964)|
I went through the extremes of amazing notoriety and also the dreaded things that you never thought you'd have to live through. Not everything works the way you want it to, but if I sit back and think, 'Am I happy about this?' Yeah. I wouldn't have done anything any better.
People ask how can a Jewish kid from the Bronx do preppy clothes? Does it have to do with class and money? It has to do with dreams.
I think the accessories look very modern and very exciting. These big earrings, these big hoops. I think the girls are sort of falling in love with… collars, neck collars.
The clothes that I design and everything I've done is about life and how people live and how they want to live and how they dream they'll live. That's what I do.
My life has been a dream. If someone had to write a story about it, it would seem a little unreal. It's the kind of story I would read and say, 'Nah, that's not possible.'
I was very influenced by movies; I was very influenced by a world that had a sense of dream.
Some women think that if the look this season is minis, they have to wear minis. If you don't have great legs, there are plenty of alternatives.
My father was an artist. When life was harder and he couldn't get jobs, he painted houses, but he was artistic. When I went to see his work, it was special. Somewhere along the line, I felt I was special. I didn't know why.
I have had a lot of good things happen, but I've also had a lot of terrible things happen.
I never went to fashion school. I didn't know what a designer was. I knew I had something, but I didn't know what it was. And it could just have easily been nothing.
I don't think women should look like costumes. I don't think they should look like fashion victims. I think these (clothes) are for women that want to look sexy. They want to look smart.
It's the kind of clothes that mothers and daughters can wear, in terms of concept… It's not about age. It's about taste, and it's about lifestyle. I believe women of all ages can wear anything.
They know they're going to look beautiful, and I don't think women should look like costumes. They shouldn't look like fashion victims.
I went to my boss, and I said, 'Look, I'd like to design these ties because I think they could be new.' He said, 'The world isn't ready for Ralph Lauren.' I never forgot that because… I thought that was a compliment.