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Ralph Lauren Hardcover – October 18, 2011
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BUT....Well...Really 2 buts....I am a HUGE fan of Lauren's western vintage inspired line of clothing called "RRL" or "Double RL". Have been since 1993. Was a little let down that there are only about 8 pics related to this line which Ralph admits many many times is his true passion and love in his vast empire of styles and brands.
On the upside...There are LOTS of photos from the first western collection in 1979 that was really the groundbreaking for all his RRL and Western/Roughwear/Santa Fe collections since. Many not seen in some 25 years. AA++ on that.
SECOND BUT....There are little to NO STORE photos. Inside or out of the shops. In my humble opinion...This is about 75% of Lauren's pure gift. HIS STORES!! There are unlike any other stores in the world!! Th sheer scope that each store has..It's own style depending on it's location, the accents, the style direction, etc. You can spend hours just wondering through his stores in awe. MAJOR minus in this book. DDD---
Upside again....There are many many photos NEVER published before. Most from early ad spreads. Lauren's early ads were often 15 to 20 magazine pages long...Like mini movies. Remember them all quite well from my early adulthood. Very nice to see new/old images. AAA+++
OVERALL...Excellent book. We all know Lauren could have (without any effort due to the wealth of material to draw from) split this book up into 3 or 4 or even 5 volumes.Read more ›
Working class or privileged, it shows a world where everyone can be proud. I rejected the naysayers who chafe at this working class guy from Long Island reminding us of Wasp and Cowboy Chic. This is Americana in all it permutations and if he becomes a billionaire in the process, isn't that American as well.
What this book is not: A catalog of everything Ralph has designed....nor is it a catalog of select pieces....nor is it a catalog on the best pieces....nor is it a large catalog of the ads. This book is not a catalog of anything other than pictures and stories of Ralph Lauren, the man.
What this book really is: A celebration of Ralph Lauren, the man, his family and the company he created. It's a coffee table book. And sure, there are pictures of past ads and past collections but that plays a secondary role in the book.
If you are a Die Hard RL fan and have money to spare, there are autographed copies of this book (that cost substantially more).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a beautiful book! If you are a Ralph Lauren fan you will not be disapointed.Published 3 months ago by SND
I love this coffee table book, however the book came damaged. The upper corner is dented and the outer paper cover is torn on the corner. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a beautiful, substantial, coffee table volumn on the life of designer Ralph Lauren. It has many great pictures and inspiring history of Lauren's rise to success as a... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Terry K.
Nice book -- could have been shorter and more to the point about his beautiful clothes and interiors. Wasn't particularly interested in Ralph's life story or his family. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Ccm989
LOVE this book. It's got everything you could want in a coffee table book!Published 12 months ago by Rosimarie Arevalo