The sophistication and sticker shock you’ve come to expect from Ralph Lauren. Gorgeous styling, punitive tariff.

Madras is an inexpensive fabric. So is seersucker. Oh look, there’s a $1,200 seersucker jacket too.

They used to say only a rich man can afford to wear cheap summertime fabrics. Indeed.

Here’s RL’s mid-level madras jacket at $500, and the entry level at $300.

The best is the best, though. — CC

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