The history of Ralph Lauren as a designer began in 1967 when he created a line of men's ties under the brand name Polo Ralph Lauren. The success of this new venture led the founder to continue expanding his brand to include an array of fashions for both men and women. Polo and Ralph Lauren began to divide into two semi-distinct brands throughout the '70s and '80s, and the company's clothes seemed to be everywhere during this time period.
Toward the end of the 1990s, the more expensive Ralph Lauren line began to be abbreviated simply RL--which further set it apart from the Polo brand. In addition to making its own clothes and home items, the company also started licensing out its name to other manufacturers. The brand further diversified when it began making clothes for babies and children as well as adults. Today, there are more than 600 Ralph Lauren stores around the world--including flagship stores in New York, London, Chicago, Moscow, Tokyo, Paris, and more. The company is still under the helm of its founder and namesake, and he is committed to producing quality products that will constantly redefine American style.
Babies & Kids Merchandise
The line of Ralph Lauren clothes for babies is divided into categories for layette boy and girl (newborn-9m) and infant boy and girl (9m-24m). Layette sets for both genders include options like coveralls, bodysuits, hooded towels, blankets, socks, beanies, and bibs. Boys' sets also feature garments like cardigans, polos, oxford shirts, overalls, loafers, and more. Layette sets for girls focus on tunics, dresses, leggings, jumpers, sweaters, and shrugs. As with all Ralph Lauren clothes, these styles are the epitome of "preppy," and almost all their designs are made to be more formal in appearance. Clothes for infant boys and girls resemble the styles for older kids and adults. Popular additions to the garments found in the layette line include hoodies, logo tees, polos, jackets, blazers, vests, blouses, and jeans.
Clothes for slightly older boys and girls are also divided by size. Boys' come in two ranges (2-7 and 8-20) and girls' do too (2-6X and 7-16). Options like polo shirts, rugby shirts, henleys, crewnecks, pullovers, chinos, jeans, and jackets are popular for boys in this age group. Girls enjoy the brand's selection of many different kinds of dresses, including shirtdresses, polo dresses, and flare dresses, as well as skirts, pullovers, cardigans, jackets, and more. A wide range of accessories, such as backpacks, hats, scarves, belts, socks, ties, wallets, and headbands, are also available.
A number of factors will likely dictate whether your children are going to be interested in the Ralph Lauren brand of clothes. Typically associated with prep schools and country clubs, these styles will help many kids fit in among their peers, but other children will find them too stuffy. If your little one does show an interest in Ralph Lauren, you can certainly take solace in the fact that these clothes and accessories are extremely well made. From the material to the craftsmanship, the garments for babies and children manufactured by this brand are top-notch. Another factor you might be considering is price, and Ralph Lauren products do not come cheap. Luckily, they are often worth the investment because they are built to last. All things considered, we give Ralph Lauren 4.5 stars out of 5.
- Established 1967 (Polo Ralph Lauren)
- Preppy apparel and accessories
- Sold at:
- Ralph Lauren stores, major retailers, online
- Types of items:
- Layette sets, coveralls, bodysuits, blankets, beanies, socks, cardigans, polos, sweaters, dresses, skirts, tunics, logo tees, blazers, jackets, hoodies, vests, blouses, tights, shoes, chinos, jeans, pullovers, crewnecks, underwear, swimwear, formalwear, backpacks, hats, scarves, accessories, bedding, towels, home décor
- Related brands:
- Polo Ralph Lauren, Chaps, Club Monaco, Polo Sport