Ralph Lifshitz, the youngest of four children, was born in the Bronx, New York, on October 14, 1939. His father was a house-painter. The young boy became curious about clothing when he was in seventh grade. During the period he was studying at DeWitt Clinton High School in New York, he worked part-time for New York department stores, saving money to buy clothes. In mid-1950s he changed his name to Lauren. Following his graduation from high-school he worked as a clerk and began studying business at night. He abandoned school after a few months, spent a period in the army, and then searched for a job in fashion.
The name of the American clothing designer Ralph Lauren became connected with taste and class. Other than clothing, he designs home decorating.
“People ask how can a Jewish kid from the Bronx do preppy clothes? Does it have to do with class and money? It has to do with dreams.” Ralph Lauren.