Steven Rojas for the Rugby Ralph Lauren Tweed Run. Steven Rojas, Social Media Director for GrandLife Hotels, for the Rugby Ralph Lauren Tweed Run.
Pashley Cycles is England’s longest established bicycle manufacturer. Founded in 1926 and based in Stratford-upon-Avon, Pashley’s dedicated team has custom-designed and hand-built 50 limited edition bicycles to commemorate the Rugby Ralph Lauren Tweed Run.
Abercrombie & Fitch, Ralph Lauren, H&M Linked to Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals, Says Greenpeace (But let’s not forget FAKES!)
Abercrombie & Fitch is among 14 global brands Greenpeace is calling out for allegedly releasing hormone-disrupting chemicals—specifically nonylphenol ethoxylates—into the environment. Used as surfactants in textile production, NPEs subsequently break down to form toxic nonphenol, an endocrine disruptor that builds up in the food chain and is pretty nasty even at minute levels.
Since the release of the first report, Nike and Puma have pledged to work with their suppliers to eliminate the release of toxic effluent from their supply chains. But other brands remain in Greenpeace’s sights. “By failing to take action to eliminate these chemicals, global brands like Adidas are expecting customers to do their dirty laundry for them,” Li says. “Every time clothes containing these chemicals are washed, hazardous substances are released into waterways across the world.”
Manufacturers need to remove these chemicals from their products, Li says. The best way to do so? “Eliminate them from their production processes and to come clean about what chemicals their factories are using and discharging,” she adds. Until then, Shore fans, we suggest GTL’ing in something else.
Needless to say, Greenpeace deserve credit for their efforts to highlight the need for fashion brands to tied up their production methods. However, there is perhaps an even greater urgancy and risk being overlooked by the social campaigners and that is, COUNTERFEITS! It’s widely agreed fake clothing is produced in environments where there is no regard for the workers and even less for production methods. Most experts agree fake clothing is saturated in poisonous chemicals that have a disturbing consequence for ignorant consumers. This whole area warrants much greater investigation by Greenpeace!
Ralph Lauren London 4D
Ralph Lauren London celebrates 10 years of digital innovation by putting on a virtual fashion show that brings it’s building on Bond Street to life.
Ralph Lauren Makes Polo Flagships ‘Disappear’ in 4-D Spectacular!
NEW YORK — Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. just built a retail mansion on Madison Avenue — and tonight the company plans to rip it apart, make it disappear, reconstruct it, and… who knows what else!
During the medieval times, the practice of presenting a key to an individual was a great honor, as it symbolized free entry to a city usually surrounded by walls and guarded by watch towers.
The walls and watch towers might just be footnotes in history today, but the honor of receiving a key to a city lives on. And today, Ralph Lauren, founder and patriarch of Polo Ralph Lauren received that honor as Mayor Michael Bloomberg presented the famed designer with a key to New York City.
With Jessica & Jerry Seinfeld, Martha Stewart, Charlie Rose, Vera Wang, Graydon & Ana Carter, Candice Bergen & Marshall Rose, Former Mayor Dinkins, Diana Taylor, Patti Harris, Arthur Sulzberger, Mike Gould, Terry Lundgren, Terry Semel, Robert Rubin, Jon Tisch and Sandy Weill in attendance, Ralph Lauren received the Key to the City of New York from Mayor Bloomberg at the newest Ralph Lauren Women’s store at 888 Madison Avenue.
First given in 1702, the Key to the City of New York is presented to distinguished persons for outstanding civic contributions.
Past recipients of the Key to the City include winners of the New York City marathon, Olympic Gold medal winners Sarah Hughes and Jimmy Shea, Mets pitcher John Franco, Yankees pitchers David Cone and David Wells, the Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela, Pope John Paul II, Mikhail Gorbachev, Mother Theresa and the 1980 US Olympic Hockey team.
With 22,000 square feet of retail space, the Ralph Lauren Women’s store in Madison Avenue and 72nd Street is the brand’s largest women’s store and offers several firsts – a lingerie line, fine jewelry and made-to-order suits for women.
“Keep up with Ralph Lauren,” a senior Polo Ralph Lauren staffer announced. “He will lead the walk.”
That was the mantra early Wednesday morning, when Lauren assembled a few hundred members of his staff at Manhattan’s Grand Army Plaza to kick off the company’s annual Pink Pony Walk, snaking through Central Park for nearly two miles.
Lauren just marked the 10th anniversary of the charitable program, which he launched to raise cancer awareness and support programs for cancer screening, early diagnosis, treatment, research and patient navigation. That morning, the designer recalled his impetus for his campaign to fight cancer. In the late Eighties, then-Washington Post fashion editor Nina Hyde approached Lauren after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Vowing to help, he has since worked on multiple initiatives to raise awareness and funds to combat cancer, and that spirit has permeated the culture of the company. On Wednesday, his staff, including Buffy Birrittella, Wayne Meichner, Charles Fagan and Bette-Ann Gwathmey, turned out in force. They were all dressed for the walk head-to-toe in black, accentuated only by the Pink Pony motif on the special black T-shirts Lauren created for the walk. Employees outside of New York were walking too. “In Geneva, Hong Kong, Japan and London, our colleagues will walk in the days to come,” Lauren said.
As part of the milestone, Polo teamed with Charitybuzz.com for an online Pink Pony auction featuring such lots as a three-night stay at the Round Hill Resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica; a Paris weekend with dinner at the Ralph’s restaurant; tickets to a Miami Heat game and the chance to meet LeBron James; a CNN Studio tour with Anderson Cooper, and a chance to play polo in Palm Beach with Nacho Figueras. Net proceeds of the auction, which ends Oct. 21, will benefit the Pink Pony Fund. “The goal is $1 million,” said David Lauren, senior vice president of advertising, marketing and corporate communications.
RALPH’S APRES-SKI: Polo Ralph Lauren is taking to the slopes over the holidays. On Monday, the label will host a cocktail party at its Gstaad, Switzerland, store, followed by a dinner for 50 guests at The Palace hotel there. And in the new year, the label will fete its new St. Moritz store on the Via Serlas, with a party at the boutique on Jan. 2. Tyler Brûlé, editor in chief and chairman of Monocle magazine, will host the party at the store, the design of which is based on the aesthetic of classic cars mixed with contemporary elements. The store’s decor features tumbled French limestone floors, white lacquer fittings and a teak ceiling. And appropriately for its Swiss location, the store will house the first stand-alone Ralph Lauren watch boutique, along with a full selection of Ralph Lauren Collection and Black Label ready-to-wear for women and Purple Label and Black Label for men. WWD.
Is Polo the new sport of the fashion elite?
Said Marc Jacobs of the sport: “All I know about polo is it’s a little logo on Ralph Lauren’s brand of clothing.” Jacobs who with his fiancé Lorenzo Martone, was one of the first to arrive on Governors Island Saturday for Veuve Clicquot’s second annual Manhattan Polo Classic.
Someone who knew more about the sport was HRH Prince Harry of Wales, who led a team in honor of his charity, Sentebale, in a match against Argentine pro Nacho Figueras and his squad, Black Watch. But even the royal was rusty. “I’ve only played polo once this year, so I’ll probably fall off,” he joked.
After a light lunch and lots of Veuve, Aby and Samantha Rosen, Alberto Mugrabi, Peter Brant, Alek Wek, Kelly Klein, LL Cool J, Donna Karan and Chloë Sevigny turned their attention toward the pitch.
“I’ve never been to [an official] polo game,” said Kate Hudson on the sidelines. “Although in Colorado, where I grew up, our neighbors had a big ranch and there were polo matches going on there all the time.”
In the final seconds of the game, HRH Harry saved the day. He won the match and the hearts of New Yorkers. As Cornelia Guest put it, “The prince is charming.”
With the 2007 Rugby Union World Cup almost upon us, the French team is looking for any inspiration it can find to wrestle the trophy away from the English. Ergo, Colette and Ralph Lauren have created an exclusive RUGBY line which will be made available exclusively through Colette.
At its annual shareholders meeting chairman and chief executive officer Ralph Lauren said: “the company is just beginning and still has plenty of opportunities for growth.”…and he added: “Through the years we have had the same formula for running our business. We are not about trendy fashion. It’s about longevity, which is unheard of in the fashion business, which is all about youth and change.” With these kinds of statements you have to fear for the future of Polo Ralph Lauren…Surely Ralph realises you can’t stand still in the fashion world no matter how established your brand may be!