Been doing this for a few years now, and there are a few questions that are fun to return to. One of my favorites is whether or not Ralph Lauren is Ivy. My assertion is… no.
I do have two great Ralph Lauren as a person stories though. As a person, definitely Ivy. One night, Trish and I go to the movies in Bedford. The theatre there has a balcony with four rows of seats. It’s a week night, so we go and sit in the balcony, front row, rest of the theatre is empty. Mr. Lauren and his wife come in, he is on crutches with a cast on his foot/leg. They sit down in the front row too, and he asks, “Do you mind if I put my leg up?” I said, “Do you mind if I do?” We moved over, they moved over, and we watched the movie as a foursome and chatted the whole time. LOVELY people. No mention of anything, and charming and funny.
The clothes though? Not Ivy. DEFINITELY Ivy adjacent. Logo placement and size. Collar proportions. Fit. Etc. All disqualifiers. BEAUTIFUL stuff and god bless for carrying the trad flag, but not Ivy.
And, not trying to be. Here are the sneakers at the State dinner two weeks ago.