Ralph Lauren Black Label’s High-Octane Tailoring

Maestro of American style Ralph Lauren possesses a healthy preoccupation with the art form of aesthetics and engineering known as the automobile. His hobby is well-documented—quite literally, as there’s an entire book on the subject. And, as is the case with most well-rounded individuals possessing a fascination with the world—Lauren’s various pursuits amass to more than the sum of their parts.

Keep reading to hear about the correlation between cars and clothes in Ralph Lauren’s own words, see a few choice photos from the book Speed, Style, and Beauty, and shop our editor’s picks from the immaculate Ralph Lauren Black Label collection.

“As a fashion designer, I am always searching for ideas. And my ideas come from my life, they come from my work, they come from everyday living. Cars have always had some impact, because today cars are designed and sold in many different ways to stimulate different passions or different senses. I look at a car and I look at a hubcap or a gas cap, or at the carbon fiber that is being used today to make cars lighter and stronger, and something about it might inspire me to adapt the idea for one of my products: Cars pick up ideas from the fashion industry, and the fashion industry picks up ideas from the automotive world or from whatever environments we are looking at” —Ralph Lauren

Editor’s Picks from Ralph Lauren Black Label, L-R:
Navy Wool Sportcoat | Poplin Military Shirt | Twill Wool Suit | Crewneck Sweater | Military Jacket


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Cocktails & Gasoline: If you find yourself near Chicago or Costa Mesa this week, please join us for an in-store event inspired by Ralph Lauren’s love of exotic vintage cars.

Costa Mesa (Nordstrom South Coast Plaza): Thursday, February 27 • 5:30–7:30pm • First Floor
Chicago (Nordstrom Michigan Avenue): Thursday, March 20 • 5:30–7:30pm • Second Floor

A RL stylist will help you pick out the best pieces for work and pleasure. We’ll have cocktails, plus we’ll display photos from Ralph Lauren’s book, Speed, Style, and Beauty. If you make a purchase at the event, we’ll give you a copy of the book to take home (one per customer, while supplies last).

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