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Genuine Authentic: The Real Life of Ralph Lauren

Genuine Authentic: The Real Life of Ralph Lauren

by Michael Gross


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A fascinating and comprehensive look into the life of American fashion designer Ralph Lauren, now with an afterword.

“ admiring.”—New York Times

There are at least two Ralph Laurens.

To the public he's a gentle, modest, yet secure and purposeful man. Inside the walls of Polo Ralph Lauren, though, he was long seen by some as a narcissist, an insecure ditherer, and, at times, a rampaging tyrant.

Michael Gross, author of the bestsellers Model and 740 Park, lays bare the truths of this fashion emperor's rise, and reveals not only the secrets of his meteoric success in marketing our shared fantasies, but also a widely unknown side that's behind the designer’s chic façade.

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ISBN-13: 9780062853516
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/24/2018
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 1,141,051
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Michael Gross, the New York Times bestselling author of Model: The Ugly Business of Beautiful Women, 740 Park: The Story of the World’s Richest Apartment Building, and House of Outrageous Fortune: Fifteen Central Park West, the World’s Most Powerful Address, is the editor-in-chief of Avenue, a contributing editor for Departures, and his journalism and other writing has appeared in magazines and newspapers throughout the world, including the New York Times, New York, GQ, Esquire, and Vanity Fair. He lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Author's Note xv

Introduction 1

Part 1 Patrician: From the Pale to the Promised Land 11

Part 2 Aspiration: From Lifshitz to Lauren 39

Part 3 Inspiration: It Started with a Tie 79

Part 4 Perspiration: From Bloomie's to the Brink 103

Part 5 Incaution: From Bust to Boom 157

Part 6 Ascension: From Man to Myth 201

Part 7 Disruption: From Illness to Infidelity 255

Part 8 Presumption: From Growing Gains to Growing Pains 291

Part 9 Culmination: From Privacy to the Public Market 335

Afterword 371

Sources and Acknowledgments 375

Bibliography 379

Index 381

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