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PaperCity Houston November 2023

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By Anne Lee Phillips N o one knows how to live quite like Ralph Lauren. His pioneering lifestyle approach to design is commemorated in a new Rizzoli book, Ralph Lauren: A Way of Living, coinciding with the 40th anniversary of the launch of the Ralph Lauren Home collection. Ever a trailblazer, Ralph Lauren was the first fashion designer to present an all-encompassing home collection with a lifestyle approach. He knew he had something to say and wanted to share his complete world and vision for living a beautiful life. He writes, "A good friend once told me I conjured up summer afternoons, misty m o r n i n g s , o p e n s p a c e s , blooming gardens, cornfields, and the country. These are the timeless things that make us smile, make us happy, give us hope, and let us dream. And that is why I created Ralph Lauren Home." The book presents a rich visual timeline of the evolution of the innovative home collection, from menswear- inspired Oxford cloth bedding to the sleek RL-CF1 chair and the debut of the Ralph Lauren mansion on Madison Avenue, which invited guests to shop in a richly decorated residential environment. Even better, an all-access pass is granted to his swoon-worthy homes in some of the world's most fabulous places — including a 5th Avenue penthouse, a Montauk beach house, a sprawling Colorado mountain ranch, an island villa in Jamaica, and a country estate in Bedford, New York. Each home is magnificently suited to its locale, yet quintessentially Ralph Lauren. Perusing the pages of this beautiful tome is like a master class in how to live well. Ralph Lauren Life à la BARBRA WALZ Ralph Lauren, Double RL Ranch, Ridgway, Colorado, 1989 60

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