Ralph Lauren Through the Years
What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the name “Ralph Lauren”? Maybe a zero to hero struggle story, or maybe a luxury suit, a polo T-shirt. Fashion dominates this name and the man behind it is considered one of the most outstanding designers of our generation. Sitting at the helm of this fashion empire for over half a century now, Ralph Lauren has turned the face of fashion design and entrepreneurship in general to a whole new level.
Born in the Bronx, New York City in 1939, Lauren grew up in a working-class neighborhood. Although he did not receive formal design training, he was royally steeped in fashion retailing, having worked for New York department stores in his youth. While selling ties at Brooks Brothers, he studied business at night school. It may well have been during his sales stint at Brooks Brothers, the conservative stylish menswear store, that Lauren met the “muse of tradition” which would earn him a formidable position in fashion history.
In 1967, he took a $50,000 loan from a clothing manufacturer, Norman Hilton and opened a necktie store under the label ‘Polo’. He obtained the rights to use the emblem ‘Polo’ from Brooks Brothers.
In 1971, he expanded his small business and opened a Polo boutique in the pricey, Rodeo Drive, in Beverly Hills. In 1972, he released his trademark short-sleeve shirt with the Polo logo and also unveiled his first Ralph Lauren collection for women. He gained even more recognition after he designed a whole clothing line for the movies, ‘The Great Gatsby’ and ‘Annie Hall’. In 1984, he established his first flagship store, ‘Polo Ralph Lauren’ by converting the Rhinelander Mansion into his store. In 1997, Ralph Lauren Corporation became a public company and floated on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol ‘RL’.
In 2000, he signed a revolutionary 30-year deal with NBC associates to sell his fashionable ‘lifestyle’ on social media, in print and on television.
Apart from his involvement in the world of fashion, he established charitable organizations, the ‘American Heros Fund’ that provides subsidies to children whose parents perished in the September 11 attacks and the ‘Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention’, in the year, 2003.
By 2007, Ralph Lauren had established over 35 boutiques in 23 locations, around the United States.
Quick question; what do you think a popular fashion house make at the end of each year in revenue? Well it is for a fact that in 2014 the company has a revenue of a whooping 7.6 billion dollars. This is due to the many shops the company has set up and also the large range of products that this company makes. In 2014 they made a cool $7.6 billion in terms of revenue.
One of the secrets of Lauren’s success lay in his obsession with detail, always checking product quality and maintaining tight control over the brand image he crafted so carefully. This enabled him to leverage the Polo/Ralph Lauren brand with over 25 lucrative licensing contracts, as well as introduce sub-brands such as Polo Sport (in 1994) targeted to a younger, more active adult.
Spagetti with Crab Meat “Kissable”
- ½ lb. (230 g) cooked spagetti pasta
- ½ lb. (230 g) fresh crab meat
- 1 large tomato
- 3 tbsp. olive oil
- ½ cup of celery, chopped
- ½ cup of fennel, chopped
- 1 tsp. of Mediterranean spice mix
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1 tsp. fresh basil
- 1/4 cup dry white wine
- 2 tbsp. fresh parsley
- 2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
- 2 tbsp. grated Parmesan
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Chop celery and fennel and place them into preheated sauce pan. Sauté vegies over medium heat for 10 minutes with olive oil.
- Add garlic, white wine, spices and cook another 5 minutes.
- Cut crab meat into small pieces, place it into the sauce pan. Chop tomato and add as well. Stir in basil, parsley, lemon juice and simmer for 5 min.
- Mix it well with pasta and Parmesan cheese before serving.
Childproofing and Preventing Accidents
When was the last time you crawled around your home on your hands and knees? As strange as it sounds, give it a go. Kids explore their everyday environments, so it’s important to see things as they do to make sure your home is safe.
We often think of babies and toddlers when we hear the words “babyproofing” or “childproofing.” And it’s true that young kids have the highest risk of being injured at home because that’s where they spend most of their time. But accidental injury is the leading cause of death in kids up to 14 years old — and more than a third of these injuries happen at home.
Common causes of home-injury deaths are fire and burns, suffocation, drowning, choking, falls, poisoning, and guns.
Most household accidents happen in areas with:
- water: in the bathroom, kitchen, swimming pools, or hot tubs
- heat or flames: in the kitchen or at a barbecue grill
- toxic substances: under the kitchen sink, in the medicine cabinet, in the garage or garden shed, or even in a purse or other place where medicines are stored
- the potential for a fall: on stairs, slippery floors, from high windows, or from tipping furniture
- choking hazards: including an unsafe sleep environment, foods that pose a choking risk (like grapes or hot dogs), button batteries, and items inside and outside the home that could entrap or strangle a child
You can make these places safer, but the most important safeguard is to watch young kids at all times. Even if your home is childproofed, it only takes an instant for babies and toddlers to fall, run over to a hot stove, or put the wrong thing in their mouths. Your watchfulness is your child’s best defense.
However, accidents will still happen, so it’s important to be prepared. If you’re expecting a baby or have kids, it’s wise to:
- Learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the age-appropriate Heimlich maneuver.
- Keep these numbers near the phone (for yourself and caregivers):
- emergency and poison-control number
- doctor’s number
- parents’ work and cell phone numbers
- neighbor’s or nearby relative’s number (if you need someone to watch other kids in case of an emergency)
- Make a first-aid kit and keep emergency instructions inside.
- Install smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. Change the batteries regularly.
Top Entrepreneur Stories To Inspire You In 2017
One thing we’ve learned at Forbes Entrepreneurs is that founders can come from any type of industry, background or age group. Here are stories about entrepreneurs who beat the odds and launched successful companies.
How A Millennial With No Business Experience Created Streetwear For The Masses
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This Apple And Google Alum Is The 12th African-American Women To Raise More Than $1m For A Startup
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After A Few Failed Ventures, An Irrational Belief In Success Helped Lead The Founder Of Yammer To A $1 Billion Exit
Read more By Jeff Kauflin
Meet The ‘Whiz Kid’ Behind Cybersecurity Startup BitSight: 72-Year-Old Shaun McConnon
Read more By Amy Feldman
How 2nd Generation Immigrant Chieh Huang Built Boxed, A Mobile Juggernaut With $100 Million+ In Revenue
Read more By Amy Feldman
Little Passports’ Founders Failed To Attract VCs — But Still Built A $30 Million Startup
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The Best from Paris Fashion Week
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Pineapple-Coconut Pie “Dream Come True”
- 1½ cups sugar
- 3 tbsp. cornmeal
- 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
- 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1 can of flake coconut
- 1 can of crushed pineapple, well drained
- 1 unbaked pastry shell
- Combine sugar, cornmeal, and flour in a large bowl; add eggs and vanilla, stirring until blended.
- Stir in melted butter, coconut, and pineapple, and pour the mixture into unbaked pastry shell.
- Bake at 350° F (200° C) for forty minutes.
- Cover cake with aluminium foil and bake for another twenty minutes.
Time & Go press release
International Entrepreneur and Philanthropist Announces New Mobile App Launch: Time & Go
The new app provides best in class time management tools, health check function and tutorial information on how to improve productivity and efficiency.
LOS ANGELES, CA—(March 16th, 2017) Expert on international living and leading a healthy lifestyle, Alina Reyzelman, announced today the launch of her new mobile app Time & Go.
Time & Go app is the ultimate strategic compass that helps users to achieve goals in all aspects of life: career, relationships, and well-being. Efficient time management methods enable people to work smarter, not harder, that’s why Time & Go app provides tools and processes on how to organise and divide time between specific activities.
“We are excited about our new app launch and the rich content it provides for customers, partners, and those looking to live their lives to the fullest,” said Reyzelman. “We believe that by using Time & Go app people will create greater opportunities to achieve important life and career goals. Our mission is to serve as a hub where individuals can learn more about personal growth, productivity and healthy lifestyle.”
Time & Go combines best in class practices from the gurus of time management, advice from successful people, wisdom from ancient civilisations, and innovative approach to tech and media industries. This unique app offers features such as tracking tasks, goals and analysing person’s character through complimentary tests. Time & Go is developing a new function – “Find a Coach” that will bring together the business coaches, personal effectiveness and lifestyle experts.
From time management to personal wellbeing, Time & Go is the education destination for people who want to use their full potential and enjoy life. The app’s goal is to promote awareness and mindfulness among people and show through the best practices that every person is capable of improving his/her quality of life. To learn more about Time & Go, please visit website at www.apptimeandgo.com
About Alina Reyzelman
Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Reyzelman started her career working for international energy companies and consulting firms holding various senior roles. With 17 years of commercial business expertise, she founded AR lifestyle start-up. This digital platform has long-standing beliefs about sustainability, innovation, and improving people’s quality of life. Serving as a go-to source of content, advice, inspirations and connections regarding travel, wellness, cooking, and parenthood, AR lifestyle offers quick and easy access to essential information. The company’s goal is to serve as a hub where individuals can learn more about global lifestyles and trends while being part of an enriched community. AR lifestyle’s mission is to produce high-quality products and services that will give people the better understanding of transformation, mindfulness, awareness and how to use personal potential.
Alina Reyzelman is a resident of Moscow and London, she also spends a lot of time in the U.S. and travels extensively around the world. Alina is actively involved in charity work and admires classics and fine art as an artist herself. Alina is a Ph.D. student, a connoisseur of wines and foods, and the author of World Restaurant Guide. Alina is also fond of the entertainment industry. She writes movie scripts and produces films that empower people and promote diversity.
Napoleon Hill: Think & Grow Rich
I have been re-reading some of my favourite books on success and wanted to share a wisdom by pioneer of self-achievement and development – Napoleon Hill.
Thousands of personal finance books on shelves today promise to teach you to spend less, save more, invest better, retire earlier, get out of debt faster, and solve just about every financial conundrum in between.
But perhaps none said it better than a book published in 1937.
Napoleon Hill, a Great Depression-era author and former advisor to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, interviewed “more than five hundred of the most successful men this country has ever known” to figure out the key to their good fortune. He wrapped all of his insights in a 200-page package and published “Think and Grow Rich,” which went on to become one of the best-selling books of all time.
Don’t expect to find any stock-picking or gambling advice in it. Despite Hill interviewing some of the most iconic businessmen of his day, none of his findings involved any particularly hard-to-attain skills. His entire premise is helping people overcome the psychological barriers that keep them from wealth.
“Wishing will not bring riches,” Hill w rites. “But desiring riches with a state of mind that becomes an obsession, then planning definite ways and means to acquire riches, and backing those plans with persistence which does not recognize failure, will bring riches.”
In one passage, he sums up six steps to turning a desire for wealth into “its financial equivalent”:
First. Fix in your mind the exact amount of money you desire. It is not sufficient merely to say “I want plenty of money.” Be definite as to the amount. (There is a psychological reason for definite- ness which will be described in a subsequent chapter).
Second. Determine exactly what you intend to give in return for the money you desire. (There is no such reality as “something for nothing.”)
Third. Establish a definite date when you intend to possess the money you desire.
Fourth. Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire, and begin at once, whether you are ready or not, to put this plan into action.
Fifth. Write out a clear, concise statement of the amount of money you intend to acquire, name the time limit for its acquisition, state what you intend to give in return for the money, and describe clearly the plan through which you intend to accumulate it.
Sixth. Read your written statement aloud, twice daily, once just before retiring at night, and once after arising in the morning. AS YOU READ, SEE AND FEEL AND BELIEVE YOURSELF ALREADY IN POSSESSION OF THE MONEY.
It seems basic, but if you actually compare this to just about any personal finance guide out there, you’ll find exactly the same simple steps. They just come with a lot more bells and whistles.
If anything, Hill’s book is a reminder that one of the only ways to achieve true wealth is to understand that more often than not our emotions and our mindset are what keep us from succeeding, and that it’s our job to come up with a plan to overcome them.
“When riches take the place of poverty, the change is usually brought about through well conceived and carefully executed plans,” he wrote. “Poverty needs no plan. It needs no one to aid it, because it is bold and ruthless. Riches are shy and timid. They have to be ‘attracted.'”
From Chopard to Chanel: the High Jewellery highlights of Paris Haute Couture Week
The High Jewellery launches that take place during Paris Haute Couture Week in January are always quieter than those that occur in July – there are fewer of them, they’re more low key, and the whole thing feels less chaotic. It’s also often a really good opportunity to see a few off-schedule jewellers showcasing something unique, and this year, it was no different.
But first to the big players. Chopard kicked things off with a small-in-number, massive-in carats six-piece collection called the Gardens of Kalahari. Incorporating 23 diamonds all hewn from one 342-carat rough of perfect clarity and colour (otherwise known as a D-Flawless), the result was half a dozen pieces that showcase these stones.
The showpiece is a transformable necklace from which can be suspended three pendants each harbouring a huge stone. A brilliant-cut, heart-shaped, and pear-shaped diamond, weighing a stonking 50, 26, and 25 carats respectively, make this necklace a seriously high piece of jewellery, with an impressive provenance.
At Boucheron, it was wild ivy which starred in Lierre de Paris, or “Paris Ivy”. One piece in particular – a question mark necklace inspired by a Boucheron creation from 1881, is set with nine ivy leaves of graduating size, all in white gold and set with white diamonds. What can’t be described, however, is the way it shivers with every step.
Set “en tremblant”, each leaf vibrates in the most extraordinary way whenever the necklace moves, and the effect is breathtaking. There are also “repeatable” pieces in the collection (meaning they’ll be making more than one) which include the most perfect little ivy motif earrings and rings.
Chanel’s new collection, Coco Avant Chanel, is an ode to the women who influenced young Gabrielle Chanel’s life before 1920 – before Chanel the brand, that is. Eleven sets helmed by the double elements of lace and ribbon come in white, rose pink and dove grey, via pink or pale Padparadscha sapphires, pink and grey spinels, silky cabochon moonstones, pearls and and white diamonds.
Diamond lace, thick with birds and camellias, seems to have been sliced with scissors and placed back together, as seen in the Gabrielle bracelet, or minutely stretching apart, like in the Jeanne parure. There is even a fan, entirely backed in gold, panelled with mother of pearl and grey silk, and set with diamonds – it’s the most opulent of cooling handheld systems but somehow it works.
At Chaumet, the simple premise of an intertwining bow of diamond ribbons and twisted gold rope had remarkably simple yet seductive results – the juxtaposing textures of the coiled, silken rose-gold threads against the diamond-studded ribbons seen across looping necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings, in both high jewellery and repeatable collections. But rather than being purely pretty, Chaumet has managed to inject an element of bondage, however subtly, into the collection, making it far sexier than you’d expect.
And finally to Dior, where Dior et d’Opales managed to pitch opals – that most fascinatingly kaleidoscopic stone – against riotously coloured gemstones in extraordinary time-telling bracelets (they are just too majestic to be called watches); with white diamonds and coloured gold in the shape of feathers in Petit Panache; or, as in Cher Dior, entirely set in diamonds. The whole collection may be an ode to the opal, but it is also, as ever, an ode to all the codes of Dior.
Peruvian Shrimp Soup “Exotic beauty”
- 3 garlic cloves, squeezed through the garlic press
- 1 onion, peeled and chopped
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 cup tomato sauce
- 1 tsp. hot yellow pepper paste + 1/4 tsp. hot red pepper paste
- 2 tsp. salt.
- 1/2 tsp. ground pepper
- 1 tsp. oregano
- 1 (450g) shrimps, cleaned, out of shell
- 3 big potatoes, peeled and cubed.
- 1 cup of corn kernel
- 2 cups of sweet peas
- 1/2 cup of white rice
- 7 cups water
- ½ cups milk
- 1/2 cup cubed white cheese
- Pour olive oil into a large
- Sauté the onions with garlic on medium heat until soft for 7-10
- When onions are ready, add tomato sauce to mix.
- Season with salt and pepper. Also, put hot pepper paste and oregano to the mix.
- Add shrimps and cook them for about three minutes.
- Then add potatoes to the mixture and 2 cups of water. Cook for 5 minutes on medium heat.
- Add corn, rice and peas. Pour 5 cups of water, stir and bring it to boil.
- Cook for 20 minutes. When rice is ready, add milk to the soup and continue stirring.
- Put the cheese on top of the soup and its ready to serve.