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Ralph Lauren

Founded in 1967, this publicly-traded company is one of the largest in the world, known for its aspirational American aesthetic.

Vital statistics

  • 1967 Established
  • Public Type
  • > 10,000 Number of employees
  • $2.02 billion (2013) Revenue
  • 388 Stores
  • New York, United States HQ

Company Snapshot

Company Snapshot

Ralph Lauren Corporation is a publicly traded, United States-based holding company that, through its subsidiaries, designs, markets and sells men's, women's and children's apparel, accessories, fragrances and home furnishings to customers worldwide. Ralph Lauren Corporation traces its roots to the 1967 founding of the Polo Ralph Lauren company by American designer Ralph Lauren. Polo Ralph Lauren is the corporation's flagship brand. Ralph Lauren Corporation also manages several other brands, including Ralph Lauren Black Label, Ralph Lauren Purple Label, Ralph Lauren Blue Label, Lauren Ralph Lauren, Club Monaco and Chaps.

The company entered the European market, and went international, in 1981 with the opening of a store on New Bond Street in the West End of London, England. In 1997, the company went public on the New York Stock Exchange. By now, the company was structured to operate as an umbrella for its brands and other ventures and would be named the Ralph Lauren Corporation by the early-21st century.

The company's official web site, and online shop, was launched in 2000 as polo.com by RL Media (a cooperation between Ralph Lauren and NBC). By 2007, Ralph Lauren had over 35 boutiques in the United States and other international locations in London, Milan, Tokyo, and Moscow. Also in that year, the web site was re-launched as ralphlauren.com. By then, company revenue reached US$4.2 billion.

As of September 2013, the organization has announced changing of its leadership team and the creation of the Office of the Chairman, which will be led by Ralph Lauren.

Source: Wikipedia

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