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Ralph Lauren

Headquarters: 650 Madison Ave.
New York, NY 10022
Phone: (212) 318-7000
Employees: 14,000
CEO: Ralph Lauren
Stock Symbol: RL


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Ralph Lauren Corporation is a leader in the design, marketing and distribution of premium lifestyle products in four categories: apparel, home, accessories and fragrances.

The Company's brand names, which include Polo by Ralph Lauren, Ralph Lauren Purple Label, Ralph Lauren Collection, Black Label, Blue Label, Lauren by Ralph Lauren, RRL, RLX, American Living, Ralph Lauren Childrenswear, Chaps and Club Monaco, constitute one of the world's most widely recognized families of consumer brands.

The company operates three main segments: wholesale, retail stores and licensing its brand names for other products.

The Company ended the third quarter of Fiscal 2015 with 470 directly operated stores, comprised of 148 Ralph Lauren stores, 65 Club Monaco stores and 257 Polo factory stores. The Company also operated 504 concession shop locations worldwide at the end of the third quarter.

In addition to Company-operated locations, international licensing partners operated 71 Ralph Lauren stores and 23 dedicated shops, as well as 114 Club Monaco stores and shops at the end of the third quarter.

The company was formerly known as Polo Ralph Lauren but changed its name to just Ralph Lauren in August 2011.


Ralph Lauren establishes the Polo label in 1967 with an instantly successful line of ties. In direct opposition to the narrow ties and conventional styles of the time, Lauren designs wide, handmade ties using unexpected, flamboyant, opulent materials. The ties quickly become a menswear status item.

Already interested in promoting a lifestyle with his ties, Ralph Lauren names his line after a sport that embodies a world of discreet elegance and classic style: Polo.

In 1969, Polo by Ralph Lauren establishes the first shop-within-a-shop designer boutique for men in Bloomingdale's in New York City.

In 1971, the company would introduce clothing for women.

In 1972, Polo's original mesh shirt with the polo player logo is introduced in 24 colors and promotes its preppy heritage.

In 1979, Polo begins ad campaigns in major magazines using 20-page spreads in vivid color to build awareness of its brand.

In 1983, the Ralph Lauren home collection debuts with bedding, towels, area rugs and table coverings. In the following years, the Ralph Lauren home collection introduces expertly crafted furniture, lighting, carpeting, and in 1995, the Ralph Lauren paint collection.

In 1986, Polo Ralph Lauren opens a flagship store in the famous Rhinelander mansion on Madison Avenue at 72nd Street in Manhattan.

The Polo Sport line is introduced in 1993 featuring clothing for outdoors and sporting events like sailing.

The company would go public on June 11, 1997.

Updated April 20, 2015

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