Here we are sharing motivational life stories from the life of famous Fashion Designer and Entrepreneur Ralph Lauren. We are sure these stories will inspire you to do big things in life.
1) Dreams v/s reality
Lauren always wanted to be Joe DiMaggio, and then he wanted to be a movie star. Lauren constantly draws inspiration from his heroes including Frank Sinatra, Cary Grant, and John F. Kennedy. He went to Baruch College, at the City University of New York (CUNY) where he studied business, although he dropped out after two years.
2) Army to salesman for a tie company
Sometime we ourselves don’t know our destiny and true potential. That’s what happened with Ralph Lauren. For about three years he served in the United States Army and left to work briefly for Brooks Brothers as a sales assistant before becoming a salesman for a tie company. The Ralph Lauren Corporation started in 1967 with men’s ties. At 28 years-old, Lauren worked for the tie manufacturer, Beau Brummell where he convinced the company’s president to let him start his own line.
3) Didn’t have any vision to create such a big enterprise
Some people do what they love and soon it becomes a big achievement. That’s what happened with Ralph Lauren. He himself said in one of the interview that “I didn’t have a vision as in, This is where I’m going. I had a vision as in, “This is what I love to do.” The ties, as simple as they were, looked very different from other ties. They were wide and unusual. I never said to myself, “I’m going to be the greatest.” I just wanted to do my own thing.”
4) Starting Polo
Drawing on his interests in sports, Ralph Lauren named his first full line of menswear ‘Polo’. He worked out of a single “drawer” from a showroom in the Empire State Building and made deliveries to stores himself. A year later, the Manhattan department store Bloomingdale’s sold Lauren’s men line exclusively. It was the first time that Bloomingdale’s had given a designer their own in-store boutique.
5) Inspiration behind Polo Player Symbol
In one of his interview he talked about Polo Player symbol. “I started by making ties, and the shirt came later. I’d deliver my ties to stores wearing a bomber jacket and jeans. One by one, the ties started selling and people started talking about them. That’s when I began making other products. My symbol was always a polo player because I liked sports, and polo has a stylishness to it.”
6) First big success
Every person comes across a turning point in his / her life. It happened with Ralph Lauren also. In his own words “I used to go out and find rags and make them into ties, then I’d carry them to stores and sell them. People started saying, “More—we want more.” That was so exciting for me. A guy from Neiman Marcus came to my office one day and said, “Let me look at your ties. I’ve been seeing them around.” Then he said, “Would you send these to the main buyer?” At the time, I wasn’t big on flying—I had little kids, and I wasn’t that experienced in jetting all over the place. But I got my little rags together, got on a plane, and flew there, because I knew the buyer wouldn’t understand my ties unless I explained them to him in person. I came home with an order for 100 dozen! That was my first big success. I thought, “I can do this—I’m in business.”
7) Didn’t have money in childhood to buy clothes
In his childhood, Ralph Lauren was very passionate about clothes. He wanted to buy more and more clothes but didn’t have enough money. Angry Ralph said then “I want to get my own things, to make my own statement.” Later he achieved that.
Great!! Ralph Lauren. You are truly an inspiration to youth.
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