Ralph Lifshitz was born on October 14th, 1939, in Bronx, New York. His parents were Ashkenazi Jewish immigrants from Belarus. Growing up, Lifshitz and his brother were teased because of their last name. As a result, they changed their last name to Lauren.
Ralph Lauren attended college for business for two years at Baruch College of Manhattan. From 1962 to 1964, he served in the United States Army. After returning home, Lauren started his career in fashion as a sales person f...or Brooks Brothers and then moved on to be a salesman for a tie company. In 1966, Lauren was inspired and wanted to design a European-style tie. He showed his designs to the company he was working for, and they rejected it because they thought it wasn't going to sell. The rejection pushed Lauren to leave the company and start up his own tie company.
He began working in a small little cubby in the Empire State Building. He sold his ties to small stores in New York City. Finally, his big break happened when Lauren was approached by Neiman Marcus. They wanted to buy 1,200 of his ties and carry them in their stores. This was the start of Lauren's extremely successful career. From boutiques, to runway shows, to fragrances, and so much more. Ralph Lauren is now one of the leading names in the fashion world. It is said that Lauren is worth $6.2 billion, which would make him the 122nd richest person in the world. If there is one thing we can take from Ralph Lauren, it would be to not give up. Just because one person doesn't think that your ideas are great, doesn't mean that someone else won't find them brilliant.