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Ralph Lauren - Iconic American Fashion

As his parents were of Ashkenazi Jewish descent, he attended private Jewish schools before graduating in 1957 from DeWitt Clinton High School. While still in middle school, Ralph became well-known fo...

As his parents were of Ashkenazi Jewish descent, he attended private Jewish schools before graduating in 1957 from DeWitt Clinton High School. While still in middle school, Ralph became well-known for selling ties to his fellow classmates.

Born Ralph Lifshitz, he and his brother changed their names while still in high school to avoid teasing. He was quite vocal about his choice, emphasizing that the name was not changed to deny his Jewish heritage in anyway. Lauren studied business in college for two years before dropping out and serving a two-year stint in the army. He later worked for Brooks Brothers as a salesman before opening a store of his own where he sold ties under the label Polo.

By 1970, Ralph Lauren's Polo line was a well-established label of high quality men's sportswear and he received the COTY award, a prestigious recognition given by American fashion critics. He also began releasing a line of menswear-inspired women's suits. These were the first to display the now-famous Polo logo. Soon afterward, the casual Polo shirt was introduced. Ralph Lauren also gained fame for his assistance clothing the cast for the 1974 film "The Great Gatsby."

Today, Ralph Lauren boutiques are available across the county and the company is worth billions of dollars. In 2010, Ralph Lauren received the Chevalier de la Legion d'honneur from French President Nicolas Sarkozy. He is listed by Forbes as one of the 200 richest people in the world.

A great deal of Ralph Lauren's success can be attributed to Polo's popular line of fragrances for men and women. First introduced in 1978, the original Polo for men and Lauren for women remain popular today. Polo for men, in the distinctive green bottle, is timeless -- masculine and traditional. With the grassy scent of chamomile as its only floral note, Polo opens fresh with artemisia, basil and thyme. A touch of spicy cumin and cloves balance out the scent with a strong patchouli and oakmoss finish.

By contrast, Lauren is truly feminine, featuring classic florals, such as rose, carnation and violet. The powdery and spicy base completes the fragrance, balancing the scent and giving it an eternal quality.

Other favorites in the Ralph Lauren fragrance line include:

-- Notorious, inspired by the Hitchcock film of the same name, and the epitome of old Hollywood glamour. With spicy pink pepper as a top note and musk and vanilla base notes, this fragrance is elegant and sensual.

-- Romance, a flirty and romantic scent, flows with water lily and white violet, and is enhanced by a touch of carnation and ginger.

-- Polo Sport, for men, is aromatic and green, with hints of lavenderFree Articles, mint and mandarin orange.

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