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Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren left the US army 1964 and became a tie salesman. He left to establish his own company and sold his European-looking ties to small shops in New York, eventally taking on the “Polo” brand name and logo. In 1971, he expanded his line and started opening boutiques across the US. Around that same time he released a line of women's suits that were tailored in a classic men's style. He also gained recognition for his design after he was contracted to provide clothing styles for the movie The Great Gatsby as well as for Diane Keaton's title character Annie Hall. His empire has grown phenomenally since, with several labels covering relaxed casualwear to the most formal of formalwear.