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“Fifty years ago, I started out with an idea and a dream. For me, it was never about fashion; it was about enduring style and building a life with the people you love.
As I reflect on our 50th anniversary, I’d like to thank you for sharing this journey with me, and for sharing your thoughts, stories, and well wishes.”

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  • Thank you for creating the universe I dream in.

    — @aflorentinemind
  • The clothing fashion changes with the seasons, while remaining timeless.

    — @thefirm360
  • The sartorial high priest.

    — @tonythetigercbus
  • He doesn’t just create fashion; he is his own best brand ambassador.

    — Aaron B. Duke
  • Ralph Lauren is not just about the clothes. It's a lifestyle.

    — Akief Sheriff
  • Your work ethic has always been an inspiration to me.

    — Albert Olivieri
  • The way that he creates an environment, an experience, when you see an image, it doesn't even have to have his name on it and people know that it's a Ralph Lauren image.

    — Alexander Wang
  • — Allison Williams
  • I’ve always taken notes from preppy style and of course, Ralph Lauren, the godfather of American style.

    — André 3000
  • His vision, his commitment to excellence, his incredible style and grace, his elegance, and his profound philanthropic spirit speaks volumes for this great leader and man.

    — André Leon Talley
  • Thank you for your classic clothing that never goes out of style and truly lasts forever!

    — Andrea Britell
  • You've changed all of your lives with your clothes and your timelessness and your quality remains forever.

    — Andrew Smith
  • He's the inspiration for all of us. I think he personifies American fashion. From day one when I started doing shows, Ralph was the first one to send a congratulations to everyone who did a show.

    — Anna Sui
  • I think Ralph is, no question, one of the most important American designers that we have.

    — Anna Wintour
  • — Anne Hathaway
  • A class act in so many ways.

    — Beau Kelley
  • Ralph has changed the way that we live, and interact with not only clothes, but also so many objects in our daily lives.

    — Benjamin Clymer
  • Congratulations to an iconic American Cowboy! Well, done partner!

    — Benny Menjivar
  • Ralph's brilliant. It just goes to show, if you stick with a concept and see it through, you can achieve tremendous things. How reassuring to see that taste does pay off.

    — Bill Blass
  • Including Hillary and myself, the majority of Americans probably own a great Polo sweater with the American flag on it.

    — Bill Clinton
  • I remember seeing Ralph around the neighborhood. He wore Army clothes, mixing them with tweeds, and would always look terrific. He had a style of his own.

    — Calvin Klein
  • He incorporates the things you've loved for years.

    — Candice Bergen
  • Ralph is fantastic. Whatever he does, he does it with great taste. He does classic, but always with a twist that looks modern.

    — Carolina Herrera
  • My son will only wear his Ralph Lauren overalls! He knows style and he’s only 12 years old.

    — Cassy Williams
  • There is such glamour in wearing Ralph Lauren.

    — Charlize Theron
  • — Chiara Ferragni
  • Ralph Lauren is my second personality. He saved my life because it's everything that I wanted to wear, but couldn't find.

    — Christian Lacroix
  • Thank you for sharing your dream with all of us.

    — Christine Chidoub
  • Thank you, Ralph Lauren, for adding joy to our everyday lives.

    — Cybil Powers
  • The Man. The Myth. The Legend.

    — Cypress & Palm Boutique
  • I used to wear Ralph Lauren to prep school when I was a kid. The clothes always had that clean look. That's the same kind of clean look I am trying to do... I aspire to be as great as he is.

    — Damon Dash
  • Legend, Icon & King of Americana.

    — Darren Shooter
  • I learn something every day from that man. He's so enthusiastic about clothes and fashion, about everything he does, and that rubs off on me.

    — David Lauren
  • Ralph Lauren is an American master. My own work is about defining the American style, and I have tremendous admiration for Ralph, and a huge debt to his vision and talent.

    — Derek Lam
  • Polo has always represented celebration.

    — Diana Ballou
  • My signature style is still Ralph Lauren.

    — Diane Keaton
  • Ralph is as American as Coca-Cola.

    — Diane Von Furstenberg
  • — Diane Von Furstenberg
  • No one understands his customer as truly as Ralph does. He creates designs that match his philosophy, and never loses his integrity.

    — Donna Karan
  • The consistency of Polo has been part of my lifestyle for the last 20 years.

    — Duncan
  • — Dylan Lauren
  • I have a lot of esteem for him. He's achieved the American dream. He has no need to change because he has a coherent image for men's and women's fashion as well as his home furnishings.

    — Emanuel Ungaro
  • People are excited to see what he does every season because it's classic, it's beautiful, people love to wear it.

    — Erin Wasson
  • From one Bronx ‘kid’ to another, I just want to let you know how proud I am to have been a small part of the fantastic ‘Dream to Reality’ that is Ralph Lauren.

    — Evelyn Abell
  • He knows how to create a world and stick to it.

    — Fabien Baron
  • Here's to the golden jubilee of #menswear's king.

    — Fletcher Woolsey
  • Dream. Love. Passion. Happy 50th, Ralph.

    — Frederic Dechnik
  • — Gayle King
  • Thank you for your American pride and passion for clothes that fit so many lifestyles and tastes.

    — Genesis
  • As an image maker he is a genius. What he did for the USA outside of the USA is unbelievable. Everybody in the world now thinks that Americans live in fantastic houses in Newport or Aspen, with beautiful wives, great looking grandparents, and incredible children ? even the dogs are beautiful!

    — Giancarlo Giammetti
  • Ralph chose a road and he has been consistent and coherent with that road since the beginning. The ability to do this is the hardest thing to achieve. Coherence is always the secret, I believe, behind a great company.

    — Giorgio Armani
  • Ralph Lauren not only changed American style, he changed American culture. In the horserace of fashion, he's the true thoroughbred.

    — Glenda Bailey
  • — Greg Lauren
  • I mowed lawns all summer long and saved up to make the first big purchase of my life ? three oxford shirts.

    — Greg Snipes
  • What's great about working with Ralph is that he's always really considerate of a woman's beauty. The woman kind of evolves but she's always the same woman.

    — Guido Palau
  • He understands what America aspires to...it's nothing more than that.

    — Hal Rubenstein
  • I thank you, Ralph Lauren. I thank those who worked with you to create a great American company. I thank you for representing what is best about the country we love.

    — Hillary Clinton
  • Ralph is hands down the most iconic American designer. No one even comes close.

    — Jack McCollough & Lazaro Hernandez
  • Cheers to 50 years of iconic excellence. My wardrobe thanks you for it.

    — Jackson Reese
  • I’ve been working for your company almost 15 years now, nothing compares to that first suit I bought when I was only 21…and how it made me feel.

    — James Angus
  • I have to say, I think he's one of the kindest, most well-respected people in American fashion.

    — Jason Wu
  • Would you rather be a trend, or you rather be Ralph Lauren? You know what I mean; like, you rather be a trend, or you rather be forever?

    — Jay-Z
  • He pushed me to buy a car. I'm so in love with that car.

    — Jerry Seinfeld
  • Iconic, American, amazing brand. Very classy, elegant, but still accessible.

    — Jessica Alba
  • — Jessica Chastain
  • After two husbands, for sure the most loyal and lasting man in my life has been Ralph....

    — Joan McFarland
  • I've been a fan of Ralph's since he made his first necktie. So, we go back a really long ways and he just gets better, and better, and better.

    — Joel Schumacher
  • Ralph not only raises the bar, he sets it for our entire industry.

    — John Varvatos
  • Every day when that Pony goes over my heart when I put my shirt on in the morning it feels like I can be anything I want to be.

    — Jordan Allison
  • Ralph has always been so true to himself. If there were trends that seemed to be happening, he didn't care about them. He taught me to really believe in your own concept.

    — Joseph Abboud
  • In a lot of ways, he has defined American style for the United States and abroad.

    — Joseph Altuzarra
  • Oh my gosh — what's not to love? I first moved to New York City, the Ralph Lauren store on Madison Avenue was the first one I went to; I used to wander around and wish I could afford the things that were there!

    — Julianne Moore
  • For me, he is the American designer because he made the American dream accessible to many people. It's the vision of exactly perfect America.

    — Karl Lagerfeld
  • His clothing isn’t just about an all-American woman, it’s about a strong woman and an intelligent woman.

    — Katie Holmes
  • It’s the day after the 50th Fashion show and I feel as if I've woken up from the most spectacular dream.

    — Katie Miller
  • — Kelly Ripa & Mark Consuelos
  • You're our American guy. On the Risk board, you know, it's worth five points. You're America.

    — Kevin Costner
  • When people wear Ralph Lauren, they’re wearing the American Dream.

    — Kiel James Patrick
  • The attention to community, to bringing the customer in and creating a viable lifestyle, is being touted as the new way to build a successful business in fashion. But this concept is not at all new. It is a page pulled directly from a playbook written by Ralph Lauren.

    — Leandra Medine
  • — Lily Aldridge
  • Ralph Lauren has really, truly personified what's possible in America. He's kind of created an American dream through his clothing and through...all of his designs for home and the whole lifestyle.

    — Linda Fargo
  • When someone says, 'That's so Ralph Lauren', you know exactly what they mean: it's healthy, waspy, cowboy; it's America...

    — Lisa Eisner
  • RL means quality and certainly, wearability.

    — Manny Galvan
  • I think Ralph Lauren is the best designer. I love the shop, the clothes, the ads. I think he's also the nicest guy and totally cool. He's just so American, and it's so well done.

    — Marc Jacobs
  • For me, Ralph Lauren is the iconic American designer. Because of his origins, the path he’s forged, and the success he’s had, he is the epitome of the American.

    — Maria Grazia Chirui
  • When people buy his products, it gives them the feeling of having class and stature. They're buying a piece of his world.

    — Martha Stewart
  • — Martha Stewart
  • Thank you for allowing us to see the world through your eyes-from the beauty of everyday lives to those we wish live.

    — Martha Swearingen
  • If you called central casting and said, 'Find me a great New Yorker,' they would send Ralph Lauren. Someone told me I should wear his Polo shirts on the golf course, and they said, "You'll look better, but your game won't."

    — Michael Bloomberg
  • It's easy to think that the worldview he created has simply always existed. He's made his success appear like his style: effortless.

    — Michael Hainey
  • Ralph is the ultimate cinematic storyteller with an eye for timeless style and enduring elegance. He is a true American legend.

    — Michael Kors
  • — Michael Kors
  • A 50-year legacy to inspire the future. Happy 50th Anniversary!!!

    — MyShop KIDS
  • — Nacho Figueras & Delfina Blaquier
  • Thank you, Mr. Lauren, for bringing your dreams and sharing them with the rest of us.

    — Nancy Bedolla
  • Ralph Lauren to me means…carefree, happy, casual.

    — Naomi Campbell
  • Ralph’s brilliant clarity of message and his consistency created what the Ralph Lauren brand is today. I admire him so much for being able to create a business that means American globally.

    — Narciso Rodriguez
  • When I got my job at Ralph Lauren Home, I met my parents for dinner. They gave perfume, Safari, to celebrate. I still have that bottle.

    — Nina Gibson
  • Ralph Lauren IS American fashion!

    — Norma Kamali
  • To own a creation of Ralph Lauren's, whether it's his red patent-leather boots, his signature Polo shirt, or an ottoman from his furniture collection, is to savor a taste of the American dream.

    — Oprah Winfrey
  • He combines sexy and class in a very special way. He has that special touch, and his clothes are so elegant, and sexy, and comfortable at the same time.

    — Prince William
  • I fell in love with my husband on our first date. He wore Polo.

    — Randie Minovitz
  • I don't know a lot about fashion clothes, but I know I like his stuff. He sure knows how to dress a girl.

    — Renée Zellweger
  • Classic is Classic.

    — Rob Fraser & Joseph Barragan
  • He’s one of the people I respect most on this planet; it goes like, immediate family, and then Ralph Lauren.

    — Ronnie Feig
  • — Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
  • Chic. Endlessly chic.

    — Scot Meacham Wood
  • As a kid growing up in the Bronx, Ralph Lauren wanted to play basketball, but his style was better than his jump shot.

    — Sean Combs
  • Your achievement is a REAL American dream come true!

    — SecondLooks Austin
  • — Selby Drummond
  • Thank you, Ralph Lauren, for your casual elegance style.

    — Sheila Ross
  • — Sheryl Crow
  • Ralph has always been consistent, as a father, grandfather, husband, icon and friend. He isn’t trying to be anything that he is not and we believe every single thing he does because of that… I consider it a true blessing to have known him all my life.

    — Stella McCartney
  • Icon. No one will ever do what Ralph has done. What I respect the most is the pure and clear vision he had from the very beginning.

    — Thom Browne
  • Longevity is underrated these days!

    — Tim Bell
  • 50 years of making dreams a reality.

    — Todd Howell
  • — Tom Hiddleston
  • He became an adjective in his own right. I admire the consistency and the vision. The cars, oh the cars. The appreciation for great design is right up my alley.

    — Tomas Maier
  • Ralph set the standard in our industry, a true genius, a pioneer, a global icon.

    — Tommy Hilfiger
  • — Tommy Hilfiger & Dee Ocleppo
  • There is no designer in the world that is more influential and more consistent in branding efforts than Ralph Lauren. He never talks down to the customer ? he brings people up. He brings you into this world.

    — Trey Laird
  • There's a Ralph Lauren world that you can move into lock, stock, and barrel. The fact that he's been able to translate that with such elegance is what has made him what he is today.

    — Tyson Beckford
  • He knows who he is and never veers away from that, which takes enormous discipline and vision.

    — Vera Wang
  • Ralph Lauren isn't the President of the United States. But he should be. Because he represents everything that is beautiful about the incredible country I grew up in.

    — Wei Koh

Mr. Lauren, thank you for creating the universe I dream in, and for shaping the way we all dream. Your sense of beauty helped me through hard times and, most of all, taught me to love women the way I love them today. Forever faithful. Yours truly, A.F. #rl50

— @aflorentinemind

Respect due to the ultimate living legend. (@ralphlauren)Ralph Lauren. Class can’t be purchased or taught. Certain genuine qualities, one must be born with. Vision, creativity, pushes energetic work ethics. Originality. Authentic Originality, is Ralph Lauren. American dreams, designed into reality. The symphony plays, the Moet and Dom P. Pours. The cameras keep taking pictures. The clothing fashion changes with the seasons, while remaining timeless. Classic yet fresh. Ralph Lauren. Tradition. Neat and crispy. Smell the original Polo cologne. Transcending fashion into a realm of elegant romance. We wear the vision of Ralph Lauren. We salute him for making it happen for 50 years. He brought so much beauty to the table. Ralph Lauren an American Treasure. Firm.

— @thefirm360

The sartorial high priest. 50 years of passion in expression. zealous and staunch vigilante of prep style. A man who had a blood thirst for perfection and world that his mind conjured up. #ralphlauren50th

— @tonythetigercbus

Like the photographer, Robert Mapplethorpe, Ralph Lauren’s art is immersive. He doesn’t just create fashion; he is his own best brand ambassador. Genuine. Authentic.

— Aaron B. Duke

This story goes back to when I was growing up in West Africa Liberia. In the 1990s, my dad was a diplomat, so he spent most of his time traveling to the states. He visited the mansion back in 1996, and fell in love with the sophistication and elegance of the brand. On his way back to Liberia he would always bring us Polo clothing. At the age of eight years old I was introduced to my first polo shirt and at that moment, I fell in love with the brand. My dream was to work for this amazing company. Fast forward 25 years later that dream came through. That was two years ago. I truly relate to his story and his upbringing. He had the dedication to build a fashion empire starting from selling his first necktie from the back of his truck. It’s truly an American dream. To me, Ralph Lauren is not just about the clothes. It’s a lifestyle. To have 50 years of consistency and elegance is truly an inspiration. He took his inspiration and used it to share his vision to the world. In closing, someone once asked me this question: If you could wear one brand of clothing for the rest of your life, what would it be and why? My answer to them was very easy. Ralph Lauren! It is the only brand that truly defines the true meaning of elegance and sophistication for all demographics. As a senior seller at Store 867 it would be an honor to attend the 50th anniversary of this great company. Thank you so much Mr. Lauren for giving us the opportunity to be part of the Ralph Lauren family. Also thank you for your philanthropy and the great work you continue to do around the globe.

— Akief Sheriff

Congratulations Mr. Lauren! Your work ethic has always been an inspiration to me. I bought this sweater for my father back in 1992. My dad sold Christmas trees every year. So, the sweater was most appropriate, especially for being outside on those long Winter days. The sweater is special to me because my dad died that same year of brain cancer. I will still wear the sweater occasionally on those cold winter days when I am selling Christmas trees.

— Albert Olivieri

The way that he creates an environment, an experience, when you see an image, it doesn’t even have to have his name on it and people know that it’s a Ralph Lauren image.

— Alexander Wang
Allison Williams

I’ve always taken notes from preppy style and of course, Ralph Lauren, the godfather of American style.

— André 3000

His vision, his commitment to excellence, his incredible style and grace, his elegance, and his profound philanthropic spirit speaks volumes for this great leader and man.

— André Leon Talley

A very simple story. My sons attended an all-boys, private elementary school in Manhattan. A school which had a dress code which was a jacket, tie, good dress shirt and real shoes (no sneakers!). My favorite place to shop was the Ralph Lauren store at 72nd and Madison Avenue in New York. The clothing I bought them there in the boy’s department was so outstanding, so elegant, so wonderful and the best part about it was – with two sons – I was able to hand the clothing down from one son to another for years. The quality was so outstanding, the workmanship to fine – and after they had outgrown the items, I could send them along to the school’s annual Clothing sale for other boys to wear! Both recent Harvard graduates, my sons continue to wear Polo clothing (as does their Dad) – and it continues to be the best stuff out there!! Thank you for your classic clothing that never goes out of style and truly lasts forever!

— Andrea Britell

Congratulations Ralph on your 50th anniversary. You’ve changed all of your lives with your clothes and your timelessness and your quality remains forever.

— Andrew Smith

He’s the inspiration for all of us. I think he personifies American fashion. From day one when I started doing shows, Ralph was the first one to send a congratulations to everyone who did a show.

— Anna Sui

I think Ralph is, no question, one of the most important American designers that we have.

— Anna Wintour
Anne Hathaway

Fifty years of @ralphlauren. I look through my home and my wardrobe, and can’t imagine fashion and interior design today without his influence. Ralph Lauren sent us a personal note and signed photograph after we made a donation to his Pink Pony Foundation several years ago. A class act in so many ways.

— Beau Kelley

Ralph has changed the way that we live, and interact with not only clothes, but also so many objects in our daily lives.

— Benjamin Clymer

Congratulations to an iconic American Cowboy! The John Wayne of the fashion industry! Well, done partner! Let’s keep riding together for many years to come!

— Benny Menjivar

Ralph’s brilliant. It just goes to show, if you stick with a concept and see it through, you can achieve tremendous things. How reassuring to see that taste does pay off.

— Bill Blass

Including Hillary and myself, the majority of Americans probably own a great Polo sweater with the American flag on it.

— Bill Clinton

I remember seeing Ralph around the neighborhood. He wore Army clothes, mixing them with tweeds, and would always look terrific. He had a style of his own.

— Calvin Klein

He incorporates the things you’ve loved for years.

— Candice Bergen

Ralph is fantastic. Whatever he does, he does it with great taste. He does classic, but always with a twist that looks modern.

— Carolina Herrera

My son will only wear his Ralph Lauren overalls! He knows style and he’s only 12 years old.

— Cassy Williams

There is such glamour in wearing Ralph Lauren.

— Charlize Theron
Chiara Ferragni

Ralph Lauren is my second personality. He saved my life because it’s everything that I wanted to wear, but couldn’t find.

— Christian Lacroix

Mr. Lauren, Congratulations on 50+ amazing years of style, grace, philanthropy and leadership! I didn’t know when I walked through the doors at Ralph Lauren 23 year ago that I was walking into the rest of my life, or at the very least a significant part of it. My time here has shaped my career, my family and my friendships. Thank you for sharing your dream with all of us. Fun fact ? we share a birthday! My sons google your birthday to remember mine, so thanks for that also!

— Christine Chidoub

Thank you, Ralph Lauren, for adding joy to our everyday lives.

— Cybil Powers

The Man. The Myth. The Legend. Wishing a very Happy Birthday to one of our favorite designers of all time #ralphlauren

— Cypress & Palm Boutique

I used to wear Ralph Lauren to prep school when I was a kid. The clothes always had that clean look. That’s the same kind of clean look I am trying to do… I aspire to be as great as he is.

— Damon Dash

Legend, Icon & King of Americana. Congrats on 50 years in the game.

— Darren Shooter

I learn something every day from that man. He’s so enthusiastic about clothes and fashion, about everything he does, and that rubs off on me.

— David Lauren

Ralph Lauren is an American master. My own work is about defining the American style, and I have tremendous admiration for Ralph, and a huge debt to his vision and talent.

— Derek Lam

In my daughter’s lives Polo has always represented celebration. From birthdays, to baptism and weddings, we always celebrate by dressing our girls in Polo Ralph Lauren. It seems that simple Pony on a simple Polo dress always seems to be the perfect fit for all occasions. The fabrics are comfortable, care-free and continue to look stunning wash after wash. Both of my daughters wore Ralph Lauren dresses after their baptisms. My oldest daughter has worn Polo dresses on her birthdays and at the rehearsal dinner for my best friends’ weddings. We get compliments everywhere we go on how well dressed and beautiful they are and to me the entire package is important. I hope you enjoy the photos of my two princesses, Leah and Nina. As they grow up wearing Ralph Lauren I hope they come to enjoy the brand as much as I have!

— Diana Ballou

My signature style is still Ralph Lauren.

— Diane Keaton

Ralph is as American as Coca-Cola. He’s one of the nicest, sweetest, warmest people in the fashion industry. He’s so successful because he’s so passionate about the world he’s created. I absolutely adore him.

— Diane Von Furstenberg
Diane Von Furstenberg

No one understands his customer as truly as Ralph does. He creates designs that match his philosophy, and never loses his integrity.

— Donna Karan

At a beach in Mombasa, Kenya. The consistency of Polo has been part of my lifestyle for the last 20 years.

— Duncan
Dylan Lauren

I have a lot of esteem for him. He’s achieved the American dream. He has no need to change because he has a coherent image for men’s and women’s fashion as well as his home furnishings.

— Emanuel Ungaro

People are excited to see what he does every season because it’s classic, it’s beautiful, people love to wear it.

— Erin Wasson

Dear Ralph, from one Bronx ‘kid’ to another, I just want to let you know how proud I am to have been a small part of this fantastic ‘Dream to Reality’ that is Ralph Lauren. I wouldn’t trade one moment of my 32-year career at this company. Keep dreaming Ralph, the world needs you!!

— Evelyn Abell

He knows how to create a world and stick to it.

— Fabien Baron

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. A scrawny Jewish kid from Brooklyn took WASPy clothes and threw them on a gorgeous half-black/half-Asian man and said to half of America, “Here is how you will dress for the foreseeable future.” The man, the brand, and the nation that birthed both have their faults and detractors, but- damn- you have to admire the hustle. Here’s to the golden jubilee of #menswear’s king. #RalphLauren50

— Fletcher Woolsey

Dream. Love. Passion. Happy 50th, Ralph.

— Frederic Dechnik
Gayle King

What do you think Mr. RL? My husband’s initials are RL. So, he has a number of RL items. We love your Polo pieces, LRL line, and especially admire your RRL collection. Thank you for your American pride and passion for clothes that fit so many lifestyles and tastes that are always classy and comfortable to boot.

— Genesis

As an image maker he is a genius. What he did for the USA outside of the USA is unbelievable. Everybody in the world now thinks that Americans live in fantastic houses in Newport or Aspen, with beautiful wives, great looking grandparents, and incredible children ? even the dogs are beautiful!

— Giancarlo Giammetti

Ralph chose a road and he has been consistent and coherent with that road since the beginning. The ability to do this is the hardest thing to achieve. Coherence is always the secret, I believe, behind a great company.

— Giorgio Armani

Ralph Lauren not only changed American style, he changed American culture. In the horserace of fashion, he’s the true thoroughbred.

— Glenda Bailey
Greg Lauren

Mr. Lauren My first connection to Polo Ralph Lauren came in the summer of 1983, I was 15 years old and I wanted my first Polo shirts. We didn’t have lot of money so my parents told me that I would need to earn & save the money for the shirts. I mowed lawns all summer long and saved up to make the first big purchase of my life ? three oxford shirts. I remember them so clearly ? two were solid colors (blue and yellow) and the third was a black plaid. I remember being so proud and excited to wear my new Polo shirts to school that fall. Now 35 years later, I am so humbled that I have been part of the Ralph Lauren family for almost 9 years. Congratulations on 50 incredible years!

— Greg Snipes

What’s great about working with Ralph is that he’s always really considerate of a woman’s beauty. The woman kind of evolves but she’s always the same woman.

— Guido Palau

He understands what America aspires to…it’s nothing more than that.

— Hal Rubenstein

I thank you, Ralph Lauren. I thank those who worked with you to create a great American company. I thank you for representing what is best about the country we love.

— Hillary Clinton

Ralph is hands down the most iconic American designer. No one even comes close.

— Jack McCollough & Lazaro Hernandez

Cheers to 50 years of iconic excellence. My wardrobe thanks you for it.

— Jackson Reese

Mr. Lauren, I was first introduced to you when I was only 13 years old when my mother bought me an orange Oxford shirt with a Polo horse on it for my school picture. That was just over 35 years ago. Sheesh. When I think about the influence you’ve had on my life, and I’ve been working for your company almost 15 years now, nothing compares to that first suit I bought when I was only 21…and how it made me feel.

— James Angus

I have to say, I think he’s one of the kindest, most well-respected people in American fashion.

— Jason Wu

Would you rather be a trend, or you rather be Ralph Lauren? You know what I mean; like, you rather be a trend, or you rather be forever?

— Jay-Z

He pushed me to buy a car. I’m so in love with that car.

— Jerry Seinfeld

Iconic, American, amazing brand. Very classy, elegant, but still accessible.

— Jessica Alba
Jessica Chastain

After giving birth to my first, and only child, my parents decided to take me shopping 34 years ago. This was in Houston, Texas, and we ended up at one of my favorite boutiques named “MS.”, which no longer exist but carried many different styles and labels. Being 58″, with very long legs, I had always had to let out the hem in my pants UNTIL I tried on this wonderful pair of baby blue corduroy pants with the label Ralph Lauren in them. To my joyful surprise, they were not only long enough, but fit like a glove! From that day forward, I fell in love with “Ralph Lauren” and have been I am sure, one of the most loyal customers that could possibly be! (Just ask the employees at the Polo Shop in Houston!) I now live in Austin as of 7 years ago and with delight have kept the road hot driving out to the very new Ralph Lauren store that is now here, hurray! Of course, upon seeing THE store in New York, many years ago, I had fantasies of moving in and secretly living on the floor of the home department! In all seriousness, my closets are full of Ralph Lauren from 30 years ago– I am guessing some of the things I have, to be that old, just because they are so classic and I cannot part with them… After two husbands, for sure the most loyal and lasting man in my life has been Ralph….

— Joan McFarland

I’ve been a fan of Ralph’s since he made his first necktie. So, we go back a really long ways and he just gets better, and better, and better.

— Joel Schumacher

I probably learned more working at Ralph Lauren in my first month than in the whole rest of my career. Ralph not only raises the bar, he sets it for our entire industry.

— John Varvatos

The sense of passion that you have instilled in all of us is completely unrivaled. I know that what we do and how we do it is like no one else in the industry. Every day when that Pony goes over my heart when I put my shirt on in the morning it feels like I can be anything I want to be. Thank you for that, Ralph. Thank you for the past 50 years as well as the next.

— Jordan Allison

Ralph has always been so true to himself. If there were trends that seemed to be happening, he didn’t care about them. He taught me to really believe in your own concept.

— Joseph Abboud

In a lot of ways, he has defined American style for the United States and abroad.

— Joseph Altuzarra

Oh my gosh — what’s not to love? I first moved to New York City, the Ralph Lauren store on Madison Avenue was the first one I went to; I used to wander around and wish I could afford the things that were there!

— Julianne Moore

For me, he is the American designer because he made the American dream accessible to many people. It’s the vision of exactly perfect America.

— Karl Lagerfeld

His clothing isn’t just about an all-American woman, it’s about a strong woman and an intelligent woman.

— Katie Holmes

Dear Ralph, It’s the day after the 50th Fashion show and I feel as if I’ve woken up from the most spectacular dream. I was fortunate enough to attend your early show as a winner of a ticket! The evening was full of joy, celebration, old friends and colleagues reconnecting. We dined in fabulous atmospheres, including the Polo Bar (it was my first time going) and again we met more colleagues and it felt like a family reunion. The emotion that was felt throughout the night hit me to the core. When I started working for you, I was straight out of college, struggling for a job…..to kick start my career. I remember being unhappy working for another retailer and thinking to myself “if I’m going to be stuck in Retail, I want it to be with the best and that’s Ralph Lauren. I’m going to start from the bottom and move my way up.” I want to thank you for building a company that believed in me, always gave me the opportunity to succeed, and for rewarding my hard work. It’s now been over 6 years, which seems so short compared to others tenures! I’ve been able to work in different store locations, in different departments, and move into the corporate offices. With this company I have grown into a professional woman, and now all I keep thinking about is how excited I am for what’s to come next. With Ralph Lauren, I love that we feel like a family. That we stand for authenticity and timelessness. Our passion for the company is unprecedented. And we work hard like no other to achieve what we stand for, believe in, and dream of. Thank you ALWAYS and congratulations on your 50 years of tremendous success.

— Katie Miller
Kelly Ripa & Mark Consuelos

You’re our American guy. On the Risk board, you know, it’s worth five points. You’re America.

— Kevin Costner

Not many people know this, but I skipped college and began selling and making clothes the summer after high school. Selling old Ralph Lauren and other vintage iconic brands mixed in with my own designs, I began what would become my own global fashion brand with only my grandma’s sewing machine, $2,000 dollars, a big dream and the support, ideas and hardwork from the girl of my dreams, @sarahkjp. There were so many ups and downs. So many rocky months and days/weeks of doubt. Very early on I discovered my role model after hearing his story over and over from the many great people we met along our way. Like me, Ralph Lauren started out from humble beginnings but with grand visions of a huge world that he had to bring to those around him. When people wear Ralph Lauren, they’re wearing the American Dream. What he’s created is very special. It’s a piece of American history now. He inspires me to aspire for something better. To aspire for something that doesn’t exist, but just because it doesn’t exist doesn’t mean I can’t create it. I can create something special because Ralph did. That will always be a huge inspiration to me and my family and all that we do. Today @poloralphlauren has featured my story and collection on their Instagram and new app. I invite you to check out my story, leave some love and most of all… I hope for you to be inspired like I was. Thank you Ralph Lauren for inviting us all into your World, sincerely Kiel James Patrick.

— Kiel James Patrick

The attention to community, to bringing the customer in and creating a viable lifestyle, is being touted as the new way to build a successful business in fashion. But this concept is not at all new. It is a page pulled directly from a playbook written by Ralph Lauren.

— Leandra Medine
Lily Aldridge

Ralph Lauren has really, truly personified what’s possible in America. He’s kind of created an American dream through his clothing and through…all of his designs for home and the whole lifestyle.

— Linda Fargo

When someone says, ‘That’s so Ralph Lauren’, you know exactly what they mean: it’s healthy, waspy, cowboy; it’s America…

— Lisa Eisner

Bradd, our son had a dirt bike and was instructed to stay in a safe riding area. But as children often do he did not always mind our instructions. He was traveling on a country road and had an accident on his bike. He slide across the pavement on his back. His RL Polo Shirt did not have one torn place and saved him from being scraped or cut over his back. Needless to say, from then on only RL Polo Shirts hang in our closets. This was in 1980…RL means quality and certainly, wearability. Thanks, RL for your quality in all of your products!!!

— Manny Galvan

I think Ralph Lauren is the best designer. I love the shop, the clothes, the ads. I think he’s also the nicest guy and totally cool. He’s just so American, and it’s so well done.

— Marc Jacobs

For me, Ralph Lauren is the iconic American designer. Because of his origins, the path he’s forged, and the success he’s had, he is the epitome of the American.

— Maria Grazia Chirui

When people buy his products, it gives them the feeling of having class and stature. They’re buying a piece of his world.

— Martha Stewart
Martha Stewart

Thank you for allowing us to see the world through your eyes-from the beauty of everyday lives to those we wish live.

— Martha Swearingen

If you called central casting and said, ‘Find me a great New Yorker,’ they would send Ralph Lauren. Someone told me I should wear his Polo shirts on the golf course, and they said, “You’ll look better, but your game won’t.”

— Michael Bloomberg

It’s easy to think that the worldview he created has simply always existed. He’s made his success appear like his style: effortless.

— Michael Hainey

Ralph is the ultimate cinematic storyteller with an eye for timeless style and enduring elegance. He is a true American legend.

— Michael Kors
Michael Kors

A 50-year legacy to inspire the future. Happy 50th Anniversary!!!

— MyShop KIDS
Nacho Figueras & Delfina Blaquier

It has been an honor to work for such a reputable company that has taken me under its wings and given me pride and joy to work for. Throughout my experience with the company, I have learned many valuable lessons but the one that stands out the most is working together as a team in order to make it happen. In this 50th Anniversary of the company, I look forward to many more years to enjoy and be a part of. Thank you, Mr. Lauren, for bringing your dreams and sharing them with the rest of us.

— Nancy Bedolla

Ralph Lauren to me means…carefree, happy, casual.

— Naomi Campbell

Ralph’s brilliant clarity of message and his consistency created what the Ralph Lauren brand is today. I admire him so much for being able to create a business that means American globally.

— Narciso Rodriguez

I have been with Ralph Lauren for 28 years now ? but my history with the company goes back much longer ? beginning with my mom who was probably one of Ralph’s first fans and customers. As I was growing up in the 70’s and 80’s my mother’s favorite items were the beautiful Ralph Lauren sweaters, skirts and dresses she would buy at Bloomingdale’s. I grew up with Ralph as the epitome of classic American fashion and I still have some of those original pieces in my closet. When I got my job at Ralph Lauren Home, I met my parents for dinner in the city, where they gave me gift of RL perfume, Safari ? to celebrate. I still have that bottle and remember the excitement and anticipation of starting to work at company I had grown up with. 28 years later, I am still proud and full of excitement of what this company has become and where it is going. While it might be rare these days, to stay at one company for over 20 years, at Polo, there are so many of us ? it’s a testament to the company and Ralph how loyalty, vision and passion is reciprocal – to Ralph himself, but also from Ralph to us and we feel invested in this company. Congratulations Ralph on 50 years of growing a great company and a great family of co-workers. And like my mother’s earliest pieces of RL – we all might be getting a little more ‘vintage’ but we have great timeless style that keeps us ageless. Thank you!

— Nina Gibson

Ralph Lauren IS American fashion!

— Norma Kamali

To own a creation of Ralph Lauren’s, whether it’s his red patent-leather boots, his signature Polo shirt, or an ottoman from his furniture collection, is to savor a taste of the American dream.

— Oprah Winfrey

He combines sexy and class in a very special way. He has that special touch, and his clothes are so elegant, and sexy, and comfortable at the same time.

— Prince William

I fell in love with my husband on our first date. He looked amazing. He wore Ralph Lauren Polo. 13 years later, we are married, and both happily still wearing Polo. His wardrobe is 100% Polo, down to his boxers (which of course I didn’t know until much later in our relationship!) His fragrance is also Polo. He always looks crisp and together, even when playing golf.

— Randie Minovitz

I don’t know a lot about fashion clothes, but I know I like his stuff. He sure knows how to dress a girl.

— Renée Zellweger

Classic is Classic… I recieved this gift box containing POLO cologne and soap for Christmas in 1984 when I was 18. I have kept the box for almost 34 years and still love the design as much as the day I opened it! I do love good packaging! . . . Many bottles of cologne later I am still wearing classic POLO. . . . Happy 50th anniversary Ralph Lauren!

— Rob Fraser & Joseph Barragan

He’s one of the people I respect most on this planet; it goes like, immediate family, and then Ralph Lauren. I believe that Ralph is the only designer in our market that is respected from the Hamptons to Harlem, and everywhere in between. He’s been able to have an impact in furniture, in apparel, in lifestyle, and remain relevant across the board. I have so much respect for him as a businessman and a designer.

— Ronnie Feig
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

Chic. Endlessly chic. #RalphLauren50th #RL50

— Scot Meacham Wood

As a kid growing up in the Bronx, Ralph Lauren wanted to play basketball, but his style was better than his jump shot.

— Sean Combs

Congrats to the GREATEST American clothing designer Ralph Lauren. Thank you for 50 years making us appreciate the true American spirit of style and entrepreneurship. Your achievement is a REAL American dream come true!

— SecondLooks Austin
Selby Drummond

Equestrian Style! Thank you, Ralph Lauren, for your casual elegance style. Horses are beautiful creatures and your clothes inspire me to enhance their beauty in every possible way. Congratulations on 50 Years!!

— Sheila Ross
Sheryl Crow

Ralph has always been consistent, as a father, grandfather, husband, icon and friend. He isn’t trying to be anything that he is not and we believe every single thing he does because of that… I consider it a true blessing to have known him all my life.

— Stella McCartney

Icon. No one will ever do what Ralph has done. What I respect the most is the pure and clear vision he had from the very beginning.

— Thom Browne

Dear Ralph, Congratulations on an amazing achievement! 50 years is more remarkable when you see how fast paced and disposable today’s society is. Longevity is underrated these days! Its over 2 years since I started working for you, and my life has turned around completely. Suffering in my last company, stripped of my confidence and self-esteem, working for Polo Ralph Lauren has literally been a life changing and career enhancing experience. To have the support and backing of the London team has given me a new lease of life. Now my close family share just a little of the Ralph Lauren lifestyle in our own modest way. And as you always say, this is just the beginning Thank you.

— Tim Bell

50 years of making dreams a reality, if you didn’t watch Ralph’s celebration of 50 years of style in Central Park last night, do yourself a favor, still got it!

— Todd Howell
Tom Hiddleston

He became an adjective in his own right. I admire the consistency and the vision. The cars, oh the cars. The appreciation for great design is right up my alley.

— Tomas Maier

Ralph set the standard in our industry, a true genius, a pioneer, a global icon. I have nothing but praise and respect for what he has built.

— Tommy Hilfiger
Tommy Hilfiger & Dee Ocleppo

There is no designer in the world that is more influential and more consistent in branding efforts than Ralph Lauren. He never talks down to the customer ? he brings people up. He brings you into this world.

— Trey Laird

There’s a Ralph Lauren world that you can move into lock, stock, and barrel. The fact that he’s been able to translate that with such elegance is what has made him what he is today.

— Tyson Beckford

He knows who he is and never veers away from that, which takes enormous discipline and vision.

— Vera Wang

Ralph Lauren isn’t the President of the United States. But he should be. Because he represents everything that is beautiful about the incredible country I grew up in.

— Wei Koh