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He was a Bronx-born son of im­mi­grants who grew up priz­ing a cer­tain idea of Amer­ica, then sold it right back to us. Even­tu­ally his name would be dropped in rap songs and sit­coms, be­com­ing syn­ony­mous with a life­style of ease and plenty. But in 1967, all he had was a line of neck­ties, which he sold from a drawer in the Em­pire State Build­ing.

GREG LAU­REN ( FAS HI ON D E S I GNER A ND NEPHEW) : “He was growing up in the Bronx, and it was a time when he­roes re­ally meant some­thing. Be­tween movies and sports, those he­roes drove his in­spi­ra­tion and his pas­sion to cre­ate.”

DAVI D L AUREN (EX­EC­U­TIVE V I C E - P R E S I D E NT, R A L P H L AUREN, A ND S ON) : “Ralph Lau­ren started with a tie. My mom and my grand­mother used to help sew the la­bels into them, and he would take th­ese ties and go door-to-door to depart­ment stores, try­ing to get peo­ple to buy them.”

TOM S E L L E C K ( AC­TOR): “Back in the ’60s, I worked at a cloth­ing store on Wilshire as a sales­man. Some­where in that pe­riod, this guy used to come in the store; I don’t think I ever talked to him. But he had a line of ties and he was rep­ping them. And that was Ralph.”

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