Mon-Wed, 10am-7pm; Thu, 10am-8pm; Fri-Sat, 10am-6pm; Sun, noon-6pm
6 at 68th St.-Hunter College
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Occupying an entire block of the Upper East Side’s Madison Avenue, Ralph Lauren’s empire is hard to miss. Among the individual stores, which include spaces for his upscale Black and Purple Labels and pint-size designs for kids and babies, this flagship location is the mecca for Ralph Lauren’s particular brand of American luxury. The multilevel space displays many of Lauren’s collections: Ralph Lauren, Ralph Lauren Collection, RLX, and Polo Ralph Lauren. The higher-end pieces all mix a contemporary take on East Coast prepóthink tweeds, herringbones, and cashmeres in conservative silhouettes and neutral colorsówith Lauren’s signature equestrian motif. The RLX label, which carries seasonal fitness essentials in the form of high-performance athletic gear, combines style with functionality through waterproof and breathable fabrics. The brand’s iconic oxfords, polos, and pullovers still take up considerable floor space, thanks to their enduring design and durable craftsmanship, but the more recent accessories lines (shoes, sunglasses, and leather handbags) have updated the otherwise reserved look of the label.Sales
Fall/winter and spring/summer sales are usually held twice a year.
Polo, the Mansion’s tougher little brother, supplies prepsters with cabled sweaters, cardigans, crewnecks, pleated and flat-front trousers, cashmere sweatpants, and, of course, the iconic polo shirts. Activewear from RLX, too. The merchandising mix is the same in the West Village men's store: well-edited vintage pieces (messenger-style leather bags, cowboy boots, and belts) alongside choices from all Ralph labels, including RLX. There are cashmere rugby shirts for the preppy set, exquisite suits and shoes for power brokers, fringed suede jackets and snap-front shirts for urban cowboys.Formalwear
Ralph Lauren’s Purple Label tuxedo comes in superluxurious wool and silk ($5,295), and the slim-cut Black Label tuxedo starts at $2,150. Any of three Polo tuxedo styles are comparative bargains, at $1,495.