KNOW YOUR FASHION: FOUR THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT RALPH LAUREN

Ralph Lauren is one of our most popular designers ever stocked here at Robinsons of Bawtry and the story behind the brand is one of the American dream personified.

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As a second-generation Jewish immigrant who went from the Bronx to the big time, becoming a multi-millionaire and one of fashion’s most respected figures in the process, Ralph Lauren’s is a rags to riches story straight out of New York City. Here are five things you probably don’t know about the designer and the fashions that have earned him such fame.

IT ALL BEGAN WITH A TIE

Back in the early 1960s, Ralph Lauren worked behind the tie counter at Manhattan menswear store Brooks Brothers. After the company refused to let him design his own neckwear – bigger, better and with an Ivy League aesthetic that hadn’t yet been seen in men’s fashion – he decided to go it alone.  And so the Polo brand was born in 1967. Lauren went from store to store selling the ties, working from what was effectively a drawer in his Empire State Building office.

THE POLO SHIRT HAS BEEN AROUND OVER 40 YEARS

The aforementioned Ralph Lauren polo shirt debuted in 1972 and the rest is history. The shirt was released in 24 colours and a single fit and immediately became the cult classic it is recognised as today. The Ralph Lauren polo shirt has gone on to become available in three fits – Classic, Custom and Slim – and countless colours, with various styles available in store now at Robinsons, the region’s leading Ralph Lauren stockist.

THERE’S A STORY BEHIND THE LOGO

Though Ralph Lauren’s polo shirt did eventually go on to become the uniform de rigour for polo players, it was long before this that the designer decided that the synonymous man on horseback perfectly summarised the Ralph Lauren brand ethos. He had never set foot on a polo field but embraced the preppy connotations surrounding the sport, once telling Oprah Winfrey: “My symbol was always a polo player because I liked sports. And polo has a stylishness to it.”

RALPH LAUREN EMBRACES ALL THINGS AMERICANA

The Ralph Lauren brand has become synonymous with clean-cut, All American style, something which hasn’t happened by accident. The designer’s inspirations are the epitome of Americana and he is quoted on the Ralph Lauren website as saying: “I have always been inspired by the dream of America – families in the country, weathered trucks and farmhouses; sailing off the coast of Maine; following dirt roads in an old wood-panelled station wagon; a convertible filled with young college kids sporting crew cuts and sweatshirts and frayed sneakers.”

You can shop new season Ralph Lauren polo shirts and more ladies and menswear styles in store now at Robinsons. Visit us today at DN10 6JH.

A ROBINSONS EXCLUSIVE FROM ROBERT CHARLES

Sometimes even the smallest accessories can have the biggest impact on your look. Our case in point is the Robert Charles patchwork belt in new designs that are EXCLUSIVE to Robinsons of Bawtry.

Italian craftsmanship and attention to detail sees our continental counterparts regarded as one of the world’s leading leather manufacturers. Robert Charles belts are a lesson in the Italian craft, their luxurious nubuck leather overlaid with Italian silk and finished with a solid brass buckle. The only way to better an already bold statement piece is to incorporate a patchwork of colour, something our exclusive Robert Charles designs do best.

A Robert Charles belt is more than a means of keeping your trousers up. It is a style statement, a staple and one of the most versatile accessories you can have in your wardrobe. The fact that yours is a limited edition exclusive is all the better too.

You will find our exclusive Robert Charles belts in store now at Robinsons of Bawtry, available in three unique colourways that aren't available from any other stockist. 

 

 

PUT SOME PEAKY BLINDERS INSPIRATION IN YOUR WINTER WARDROBE

Whilst there’s plenty of action happening on screen, it isn’t just the gangland drama that’s caught our attention in the wildly popular – and soon to return to our screens – Peaky Blinders. The 1920s gangster saga set in the Midlands is a time machine to some of this winter’s big menswear trends. Cillian Murphy and co have come to be known as bastions of suave style, never a collar left unbuttoned or a linen pocket square left unfolded.

The three-piece suit, dark oversized overcoat and collar-bar shirt are the mainstays of the Peaky Blinders look, but it could all be in vain if your footwear falls by the wayside. The workman boot may come with tough connotations but there’s nothing 9-to-5 about the wear-whenever style. The Peaky Blinders boys parade their workman boots with higher hemlines on their suit trousers and no flesh flashed in between. Take their lead in these oxblood brogue boots from Hugo Boss. With winter’s smart suits they’re a knock out, and dressed down nights are easily acknowledged too with the switch of a suit trouser for your black jeans, lending a mod edge to the look.

Follow the lead of the ever-suave Cillian Murphy and the rest of the Peaky Blinders crew today. Visit Robinsons to shop the Hugo Boss Oxford Brogues before the series returns to our screens and put your best booted foot forward for autumn/winter.    

 

ESSENTIALS FOR THE DECADENT DANDY

Aristocrats and men of influence. Rogues and dandies. Rock stars and rebels. Hell raisers and heroes. Famous and infamous, wild and wicked. Gary Oldman and Keith Richards, Michael Caine and Jim Morrison. These are the inspirations behind Jeffery-West’s imitable sense of style.

Flamboyant fellas with a penchant for fine footwear will already know the Jeffery-West name but there’s more to the menswear maestro than just seriously good shoes. Great style never goes out of fashion and as the brand celebrates its 30th year, they do so with the launch of new season tees emblazoned with the cheeky signature style statements we’ve come to expect from two designers that live life close to the cuff.

With slogans like ‘decadence, sleaze and excess’ and risqué imagery taken from Jeffery-West’s past campaigns, the new t-shirts for AW17 are anything but basic.

Take a walk on the wild side and become one of Jeffery-West’s ‘Disciples of Decadence’. Shop the new season styles in store now at Robinsons.