Saying Goodbye to a Legend

“You have to create something from nothing.”

If you’re going to use everyone’s favorite buzzwords like “innovator” or “visionary,” you’d be hard-pressed to find a better man to describe. He sold neckties to his friends in high school, dropped out of business school, and served in the United States Army, all before he was 25. Now, 50 years after Neiman Marcus bought their first collection of ties, Ralph Lauren is still a powerhouse in American design.

Laruen lived a fascinating Steinbeck-esque novel with an unreal plot and surprising twists. His story has incredible Khalifa Tower highs and some plunging lows.It’s filled with Sisyphean struggles and you’ll feel the strength of dreams and love on each page. He’s survived a brain tumor while giving us his passion and inspiration. Not only is he a sparkplug, he’s the whole engine. His reliable multibillion dollar annual revenues prove just how well the machine runs. So, why is it so emotional for fashion girls around the world to give Mr. Lauren this well deserved relaxation period?

Saying goodbye is impossible. As last year’s article in The Telegraph noted, “Watch Cary Grant in To Catch a Thief tomorrow, next year, whenever – you would still want to be him at the end of it. And a woman will want to be Grace Kelly. That’s timeless.” As millennials, we grew up being able to craft him as our idle, just like Oscar de la Renta, so our connection is beyond emotional. It is complicated achievable aspiration. The main reason I always looked up to him was his ability to produce while still being a dreamer. A living remind of what a dream can do is taking a step back. But he’s not dying, and neither is his work, but stepping down as CEO to his brand is a way to tell the world there is a chapter that closes. No one wants a fairytale to end. But stories do end, because they have to

Style is forever. As is the house Lauren. Here’s looking at you, Stefan Larsson.

“The clothes that I design and everything I’ve done is about life and how people live and how they want to live and how they dream they’ll live. That’s what I do.” -Ralph Lauren