I can't think of an American designer who better captures the American spirit than Ralph Lauren. His talent as a clothing designer has stood the test of time, as his collections are always classic with a nod towards Bohemian Luxe and Sporty Chic.  He segued into the home decor market and took it by storm. His newest venture – restaurants – will surely be an added notch on his belt… concho I'll bet.

This past April, Ralph Lauren opened a flagship store and restaurant "Ralph's" on the Boulevard Saint Germain des Pres in Paris. I'm still disappointed we didn't go while we were there, but lunch in the courtyard is on my must-do list for the next visit!


Ralph's Interior
Ralph's Courtyard 

The ranch home of Ralph and Ricky Lauren in Colorado is my favorite since it represents the quintessential RL look.  Navajo blankets, Native American photographs, and of course, concho belts. 

RL Ranch - Colorado
Ralph Lauren - Indian Blankets
RL Ranch Colorado- Arch Digest
RL Ranch Colorado - Arch Digest
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Barn - RL Ranch Colorado - Arch Digest 

Remind me to tell you about the time I almost convinced my husband to buy a dilapidated barn in Woodinville, WA instead of house….  Needless to say, my barn fantasies still burn bright.
Airstream - RL Ranch Colorado - Arch Digest

On the property is this sick airstream decked out by Ralph Lauren – offered to guests as an overnight sleeping option. Yes please!
RL Ranch Colorado - Teepee 

Or they can choose from one of several teepees.

One of my first memories of clothing lust was over a Ralph Lauren concho belt when I was a teenager. I eventually did get a version (not RL) that I wore to death. I think of this as his signature piece and it's still available in several styles on his website.  I think they're still super cool.
Ralph Lauren Concho Belt  

Speaking of high school, when I came across this photo of Lauren's first fragrance the memories of school dances (and those awful 80's hairstyles and outfits) and first dates all came flooding back.  Usually, it's a scent – not a photo of a scent -that conjures such vivid memories!


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