As we all know that replica is one of the most iconic fashion designers in the world and the embodiment of the American Dream. What started as a small line of neckties from a humble first-generation immigrant boy from the Bronx has developed into a global empire of luxury clothing together with fragrances and home furnishings. Today, Lauren is regarded as one of the largest influencers in the world of fashion.
Lauren was born and supported in the Bronx, New York City as Ralph Lifshitz to Ashkenazi Jewish immigrants who had fled Belarus. Despite his humble beginnings, Lauren developed a distinct fashion sense early on. After graduating from high school, Lauren attended Baruch College at the City University of New York to study business, but he dropped out after only two years. He enrolled in the Army from there, where he served for two years. Following his stint in the Army, Lauren took a sales job at Brooks Brothers.
After several years working at the iconic chain, he left to accept another sales job with the tie manufacturer Beau Brummell. In 1967, at just 28 years old, he convinced the company’s president to let him start developing his own line. He began designing neckties with a wider cut under the name “Polo” and began selling them at a number of department stores.
Finally, Lauren decided he wanted to develop his own business, left the tie manufacturer, and got a loan to help him start expanding his menswear line. He worked out of a small showroom in the Empire State Building and delivered his goods to stores himself. Within just two short years, he caught his first big break. In 1969, Bloomingdlaes began selling his men’s line exclusively, which was the first time the department store had given a designer their own in-store boutique.
In addition to an affinity for fashion, Lauren is also a famous connoisseur of cars and watches. His love for watches began back in those teen years where he idolized celebrities like Fred Astaire and Cary Grant, and he noticed they were always wearing a good replica watch, like a fake Cartier. But just like he approaches his clothes—knowing there’s a time for a cotton Polo shirt and a time for a tailored suit and tie—Lauren’s philosophy on watches is that there’s not just one great watch for every day, there are so many.
Lauren has amassed his watch collection over the course of 30 plus years. It’s comprised of a lot of Cartier—from a square, platinum model on a mesh bracelet to a Cintree fitted with a gold cuff formerly belonging to Andy Warhol—and also a number of vintage Panerai, Rolex, and IWC watches as well as some more modern Urwerk models. These are not only the replica watches he wears but also the watches that inspire his own line of watches.