“People ask, ‘How can a Jewish kid from the Bronx do preppy clothes? Does it have to do with class and money?’ It has to do with dreams.”

Ralph Lauren fashion guru, film fanatic, and the ultimate exemplar of a rags-to-riches story. This New York native grew up in the most modest of upbringings in the Bronx with nothing more than a dream and a keen eye. Today, he owns a global multi-billion dollar enterprise. His fanatical visions, drive, and talents that allowed him to build his fashion empire on his home turf are some of the many reasons why he is the first feature (and one of our favorites) in our new series, Notable New Yorkers.

Like many of those who flock to New York, Ralph Lauren had a dream to create a world far beyond his roots. He strived and succeeded in creating an empire that reflected his love of elegance, Hollywood glamour, and exquisite taste, redefining American style. While one of his many biographies can give you all of the juicy details of his life’s endeavors, we’ve collected a few fun and interesting facts to illustrate one of our favorite New Yorkers for you.