I adore Ralph Lauren. His store in Chicago on Michigan Avenue made such an impression on me. I couldn't wait to see what was around each corner of the store. Every material was so rich and the store oozed with class.
I think he is a branding genius with the global empire to prove it. When I think of Ralph, I think rich wood, aged leather, crisp white and ink blue linens. It takes a lot of restraint from trends to create a timeless and effective brand.
Below are some photos from his home in Jamaica featured in Architectural Digest.
Ralph just opened the flagship store for Europe in Paris. If you have a moment please visit his website and savor his behind the scenes video of the artists and craftsmen who restored a building built circa 1681. I've watched it three times already with the audio on; I even like his music selection with the subtle crackling that makes it sound old.
To my Friends followers, I want to be Rachel Green and work for his store in Paris right now.