Obviously, Ralph Lauren needs no introduction. He’s built an empire in his brand that is almost beyond compare with over $5 billion in estimated revenues for 2009 and a personal fortune estimated near $2.8 billion. In its over 40-year existence, he’s seen his brand, and all of its various offshoots, woven through a myriad of cultures, in and out of vogue, enough to fill far, far more space than we have here.
He created his Black Label brand (positioned just below the Purple Label) in 2005 to cater to the modern man with slimmer silhouettes, higher armholes, and fresh materials. Born directly from these ideals, his Escape nylon M65-style jacket caught our eye. It’s “Gehry Grey” (read: silver) weather-resistant main is perfectly offset by the medium brown leather tab details at the collar and sleeves.
It also has a two-way front zip with leather tab leading to a point collar that actually folds into a standing collar using the snap closure. It’s the perfect marriage of construction and detail, which is what Ralph Lauren, at his best, is really all about.
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