He’s the king of aspirational living. The boy from the Bronx that made good and is now living the very life he dreamed up. Ralph Lauren is the embodiment of the American Dream. Unless you’ve been living under a rock – and might I presume that if you’re reading this you have not! – you all know the story of how this ordinary man with an extraordinary gift created a fashion and interiors empire from little more than a collection of ties.
It wasn’t until 1983, a decade and a half after he established his fashion business, that he branched out with the Ralph Lauren Home Collection. In this respect, he was a pioneer, spearheading the trend of adding home furnishings to the fashion mix. As he told Architectural Digest in an interview, he was looking for something that didn’t yet exist. “(…) all the sheets were very feminine and covered in roses. I wondered, why can’t I get anything masculine? So I took the Oxford cloth we were using to make shirts, turned it into bedding, and sewed buttons down the side of the pillowcases.” And the rest, as they say, is history. Last year, Lauren celebrated the 30 year anniversary of his home collection, and what a vast collection it is!
Of the many fabulous homes he owns, the Double RL Ranch in Colorado is the most ambitious. It’s like a fantasy come to life. As if the pioneers and the Native Americans got together and threw a great big Disney-fied party. The Wild West on crack, if you will. An explosion of red, white and blue and prints, Navajo blankets (in case you’re interested, you can buy the most awesome Navajo blankets from The Sixtine, an incredibly chic home decor webshop. Check them out here) and pine wood. Sure, it’s over the top, but it’s so much fun. Who doesn’t want to sleep in a tepee, swim in a huge, natural-looking rock pool or visit a private ranch spa and gym (huh? That’s actually a thing? It is now!)? And, lest we forget, there’s an amazing screening room, replete with leather recliners and more Navajo blankets. Rawhide!!
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