Having worked at Polo Ralph Lauren from 1997-2001, I am filled with great memories of all the incredibly talented people, the magic of the 650 Madison offices, and most of all– the power of the brand. Never before or since have I even come close to experiencing anything like it. When you work for Ralph, you’re definitely part of something much bigger than yourself. And it’s very true what they say– working for Ralph is like attending Polo University. It trains your eye and taste level like no other place, and is considered the one of best “finishing schools” in the industry. Just be strong enough to maintain your own sense of individuality and point of view–
If everyone has the same exact tastes & opinions– someone is obsolete.
I stumbled across this old May 14th, 2002 WWD Milestones issue that celebrates Ralph Lauren’s history, career & contributions– and thoroughly enjoyed the little trip down memory lane. At the time that it came out I had a much different reaction though. It was not long after I had left Ralph and still struggling with whether I had done the right thing or not– seeing this larger-than-life article was like a punch in the stomach. I remember thinking– what did I do. Life is good, I’m happy, can’t complain. But I sometimes wonder what it would be like if I had never left. No regrets though. I strongly believe everything happens for a reason, and I truly appreciate all the experiences that I’ve had and the people I’ve worked with– and there’s a lot of good stuff still ahead.
To read more on Ralph’s history and influence click here.