One of the coolest things about working at the shop is meeting all of the people. Whether they’re shopping for freshness, checking out the space for the first time, or just a local passing by to say hello! We appreciate the visit, especially when we engage in dialog & part ways with a good impression & a jewel. This past week, a frequent shopper, Mr.Love dropped some knowledge on us about Ralph Lauren & his iconic Polo shirts! The conversation started as he was admiring the quality craftsmanship in the RALPH baseball jersey from Acapulco Gold! It wasn’t a surprise that he was drawn to the RALPH jersey since he is someone who travels to Italy & abroad for fabrics & custom tailored suits. He knows fresh when he sees it! However, he didn’t know much about Acapulco Gold over all, so we schooled him about the NYC based brand & he in return schooled us about Mr.Ralph Lauren! For starters, the polo god’s birth name is Ralph Lifshitz! Lifshitz doesn’t quite have the appeal as Lauren so its no wonder why he made the change. Then Mr.Love hit us with the trivia question… What do the numbers signify on the Ralph Lauren Polo Shirts? Everyone in the shop was stumped. The closest answer was… “that’s the teams captains number”… That is also the generic answer you’d get if you emailed POLO customer support & asked the same question. Turns out, that’s not the correct answer. Then Mr.Love hit us with the truth & correct answer. Mr.Ralph Lauren was born in the Bronx, NYC & was a huge NY Yankees fan. The different numbers on the Polo shirts commemorate several Yankee greats!
Billy Martin #1, Derek Jeter #2, Babe Ruth #3, Lou Gehrig #4, Joe Dimaggio #5, Joe Torre #6, Mickey Mantle #7, Yogi Berra #8, Phil Rizzuto #10, Thurman Munson #15, Elston Howard #32!
You’ll find these numbers on numerous styles of the RL POLO collection. Well played RALPH!
Big ups to the crew at Acapulco Gold for creating such a cool RALPH collection to commemorate the style & fashion legend himself! The following pieces are available at your local Richmond Hood Company.