A Rare Video Interview with Fashion Mogul Ralph Lauren


Ralph Lauren has only done two major television interviews ever. He is the image of class. He had no formal training in fashion or design. He was inspired and influenced by movies and actors and actresses like Cary Grant, Fred Astaire, and Audrey Hepburn. He saw in them a timeless image of class and created clothing that fit the image. He had an incredible attention to detail and intense focus that allowed him to make his own path until he found himself on top of the mountain. True to form, he also created incredible talent. From J. Crew’s Menswear Director to Thom Browne, to Todd Snyder, to David Hart, it’s hard to find a successful menswear designer that didn’t work for Ralph.

Charlie Rose interviewed Ralph Lauren in 1993. In this rare interview you see an almost perfect image of class in Ralph Lauren. An image he spent a lifetime perfecting and selling to others. Enjoy.

[Charlie Rose Introduction] Ralph Lauren is a visionary, and he has an instinctive understanding of the American image. He is his own best model for the image he sells customers around the world. It has meant hundreds of millions of dollars for him and a private company with annual sales between three and four billion. It has won him a place in the Coty Hall of Fame for Menswear and Womenswear, as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council of Fashion Designers, and throughout the changes in fashion, Ralph Lauren has remained true to his vision, selling an idea as much as a design. Tonight, we’ll explore his vision in a one-on-one conversation, and I am very pleased to have him here. Welcome.

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A good recent interview:

Incredibly, he has survived half a century in arguably the most fickle and downright bitchy fields of human endeavour without protecting himself behind a carapace of cynicism. Nor are you likely to hear him say anything bad about anyone. “It’s not in my character, not my sensibility.” Even of his recent short-lived CEO, Stefan Larsson, he observes, “I liked him. He was a smart guy. He just wanted to change the whole company and I wasn’t ready to do that,” he says, reducing what was reported as a heated clash to a mild difference of opinion easily resolved and subsequently vindicated by the markets. “I feel happy with myself. I’m not an angry person. I’m very peaceful. I like the people I work with; I like nice people.”