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When I’m out shopping; whether its thrift stores or department/discount department stores, I’m mainly looking for Ralph Lauren designed brands. There are many reasons as to why, but mainly because Polo by Ralph Lauren is just one of those brands that stand the test of time. Designs from the 80s/90s from either the Polo or Polo Sport lines are still coveted today, and actually highly sought after depending on the piece.
Vintage Polo is wanted a bit more than similar brands like Tommy or Nautica, by today’s collectors. In my opinion, it’s because Ralph Lauren uses patterns and design concepts that fit whatever style you tend to rock. Whether it’s the preppy get up, utilitarian style, sweat suit, basic jeans and t shirt, or full on office approved attire; Ralph (Lauren) has always had your back, and probably was ON your back.
The materials and patterns used for many designs by Ralph Lauren are the main reasons why we CAN find a vintage knit sweater or 20 year old t shirt in great condition today. Cotton and poly/acrylic blends are the mainstay materials of Ralph Lauren’s designs, and have been; durable materials make for stay power in terms of condition, especially of an older piece. Sure, previous owner care has a lot to do with the condition of a vintage item, but I feel that good quality workmanship and materials help to keep the pieces intact, thus providing a chance for an item to be appreciated by a second owner/collector.
I feel true blue “Americana” is style taken from the Northeast historically. The New York/New England area IS where America started as a nation, so style trends that represent that area, and people of the area’s interests (i.e. sports like Polo, Rugby, Golf, tennis, just to name a few) are captured every year in Ralph’s lines. In terms of clothing, Ralph Lauren and Americana are synonymous in my opinion. Use of the American Flag in designs, and the fact that Ralph Lauren has exclusive rights to US Olympic Team uniform production as well as contracts with the US Open, further enforce Ralph Lauren as the MOST prominent of American clothiers and designers.
It all started with a necktie boutique for Ralph Lauren, which has lead to a multi national, billion dollar company. A college dropout living the American dream, by releasing classically American inspired clothing every year; that is then purchased, worn, collected, and appreciated by people across the globe.