Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Ralph Lauren working on memoir / 50 years anniversary of Polo Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren, one of the giants of modern American fashion,
is working on his autobiography.
Simon & Schuster will release the book in fall 2017,
in conjunction with his company's 50th anniversary. The book is currently
Famed for his company's polo-pony motif, the 76-year-old
Lauren has combined Americana, ruggedness and refinement to create an upscale
look and a lifestyle known worldwide. He has risen from an immigrant household
in New York City to founding an iconic brand that made him one of the world's
richest men.
Lauren stepped down as chief executive in 2015 and was
succeeded by Old Navy President Stefan Larsson.

Simon & Schuster to Publish Ralph Lauren Memoir in Fall of 2017

New York, NY, September 21, 2016— Ralph Lauren, the legendary founder of the company that brought American style to the world, will publish his autobiography with Simon & Schuster in the fall of 2017. The work will be published in hardcover, ebook, and audio editions by Simon & Schuster in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and India.

“Ralph Lauren is a true American original who has built one of the world’s greatest, most iconic fashion brands and lifestyle empires,” said Carolyn Reidy, CEO of Simon & Schuster. “His style is instantly recognizable to even the most casual observer, a triumph of business savvy and aesthetic sensibility that is unmatched anywhere.  We are delighted to have the opportunity to bring his fascinating story to readers worldwide.”

Jonathan Karp, Simon & Schuster’s publisher, said: “How Ralph Lauren’s business became the epitome of American style is one of the great cultural stories of our time.  We are honored that he has chosen Simon & Schuster as his publisher.  We expect this to be one of the most avidly read books of the year.”

World rights were acquired by Priscilla Painton, Vice President and Executive Editor at Simon & Schuster, through Lauren’s outside counsel, Robert B. Barnett of Williams & Connolly. Lauren began conversations with Painton four years ago about telling his story of rising from the Bronx to become one of the world’s most admired and well-known businessmen with a brand that is enduring and recognized everywhere. Lauren has given few in-depth interviews in his long career and decided to open up about his extraordinary life in time to celebrate his company’s 50th anniversary next year.

Simon & Schuster, part of CBS Corporation, is a global leader in the field of general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for consumers of all ages, across all printed, electronic, and audio formats. It has been the publisher of books by Bruce Springsteen, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and David McCullough. Its divisions include Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, Simon & Schuster Audio, Simon & Schuster Digital, and international companies in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit our website at


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​The book will be released next year to celebrate the brand's 50th anniversary
By Ella Alexander
22 September 2016

Ralph Lauren is writing a memoir that will chronicle how his business became the "epitome of American style".

The book, published by Simon & Schuster, will be released in autumn next year to coincide with the brand's 50th anniversary.

"His style is instantly recognisable to even the most casual observer, a triumph of business savvy and aesthetic sensibility that is unmatched anywhere," the Simon & Schuster CEO Carolyn Reidy said.

Many designers have an interesting story to tell, but Lauren's life is more colourful than most. He was born in the Bronx in New York to Jewish immigrants and his first job was in the US Army. He left to become a sales assistant for Brooks Brothers and eventually ended up setting up his own brand from a drawer in the Empire State Building, taking rags and turning them into ties.

Soon after, Neiman Marcus bought 1,200 of Lauren's ties and the rest, as they say, is history. He resigned as chief executive of his hugely successful brand in 2015.

“Seeing as Ralph Lauren’s empire is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, we’re promised at least four books about the brand (including Ralph’s autobiography in 2018) on the horizon. Rizzoli has got a couple planned, including the Ralph Lauren: 50 Years of Fashion retrospective in association with WWD and a third version of the 2007 monograph, which will be expanded with more imagery and coverage of the last ten years.”

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