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Ralph Lauren is writing a memoir that will chronicle how his business became the “epitome of American style.” The book, published by Simon & Schuster, will be released in autumn next year to coincide with the brand’s 50th anniversary.

“His style is instantly recognizable to even the most casual observer, a triumph of business savvy and aesthetic sensibility that is unmatched anywhere,” the Simon & Schuster CEO Carolyn Reidy said.

Ralph Lauren Fall 2016 show earlier this month. Photo: Getty

Many designers have an interesting story to tell, but Lauren’s life is more colorful than most. He was born in the Bronx in New York to Jewish immigrants and his first job was in the US Army. He left to become a sales assistant for Brooks Brothers and eventually ended up setting up his own brand from a drawer in the Empire State Building, taking rags and turning them into ties.

Soon after, Neiman Marcus bought 1,200 of Lauren’s ties and the rest, as they say, is history. He resigned as chief executive of his hugely successful brand in 2015.

Lauren at home with his family, 1977. Photo: Getty

From: Harper’s BAZAAR US

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