Posted on 31.05.12 by A_Gibb
Have been fascinated by Ralph Lauren for a while now. I have worked on a few shoots for designers who have been heavily influenced by him and cannot help starting to feel a little bit smitten myself by the whole Hampton/New England thing…especially as one of my oldest friends lives in Conneticut, actually in a town neighbouring where the Laurens live. And of course, East Lothian is known as the Hamptons of Scotland….
No-one does corner sofas and cushions like he does….
Liz, my friend, (& Ralph’s neighbour!) told me recently, realising my wee crush, that Ralph’s real name is Ralph Lifshitz, and that he is actually Jewish in origin…and that the whole New England, Preppy, Waspish thing is a total marketing-woven fabrication….Curious to find out more – (I am sure all my design educated readers know all this – I do apologise) I have read that he actually changed his name purely to get rid of the ‘shit’ in it – not because he was in any way ashamed of his Jewish heritage, or saw it as negative…How interesting…
Convinced that the coincidences (my also being Jewish in origin, my dad also changed our family name, my living in the ‘Hamptons’ of Scotland, my multi-billion £ design empi….err, hang on….I haven’t quite managed that one yet…) would stop there….oh no – I then discovered Ricky Lauren – Ralph’s wife – the original Her Indoors…!
Ricky has been documenting her life with Ralph for years…a bit like I have been documenting my life with Doug!! Amazing! OK…I have been documenting our family for months rather than years…but I’ve made a start! And all she has actually done is produced half a dozen or so massive coffee table books…you know…I am sure I could do that?
I am actually going to take a wee break now…just a few days in London…and no, I am not going to wave at the Queen, I am going to go to my cousin’s son’s Barmitzvah – can’t wait…xx