The Polo label was established by Ralph Lauren in 1967, initially with a range of ties. However, in 1968, Ralph Lauren extended the range to include general menswear, including rugby shirts, polo shirts and knitwear.
"I never went to fashion school - I was a young guy who had some style," said Ralph Lauren. "I never imagined Polo would become what it is, I just followed my instincts.
"My customers were people who needed a change and didn't know how to do it - people who were looking for something new, but didn't like the transience of fashion."
Ralph Lauren's current collection for men, Polo, includes a range of classic sportswear with a sophisticated designer edge to it. The designs are appreciated by men all over the world who want to be smart but at the same time feel comfortable and relaxed.
Highlights of the current range include not only the classic rugby and polo shirts that we know and love, but also fleece hooded jackets and fleece track pants, puffa jackets and gilets for those colder days, filled with down; merino wool sweaters and beanies; custom fit shirts in a variety of colours, some lovely cashmere scarves; t-shirts, chinos, socks, boxers, jackets and some very stylish long sleeve custom fit polo tops.
One of the most extensive ranges of Ralph Lauren designer menswear can be found at Tessuti. They have Olympic inspired t-shirts, swim shirts, custom fit polo shirts with both the small and the large pony; caps, short sleeve shirts, full zip hoodies; knitwear including v neck 100% cotton jumpers and chinos. Tessuti are a leading retailer of designer menswear and are based in the UK, but offer global shipping.
Another great place to buy Ralph Lauren online is my-wardrobe, who have an extremely good collection of Polo Ralph Lauren menswear in their online boutique. my-wardrobe are based in the UK but will deliver worldwide.
You can also buy a range of Ralph Lauren clothing from Van Mildert, who won the Drapers Menswear retailer of the year for 2009. Their range includes polos, knitwear, rugby shirts and T-shirts.
Ralph Lauren opened his boutique on Bond Street, London, in 2003.