Archive for April, 2010

An American in Paris

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

Designer Ralph Lauren, arbiter of American classics, is looking to conquer Europe and Asia. How? With Uncle-Sam-style amenities.

The designer, at center, celebrates the April 14 opening of his Paris flagship with his family.

The designer, at center, celebrates the April 14 opening of his Paris flagship with his family.

Paris may be the capital of fashion, but Americans are masters of retailing, as Ralph Lauren proved last week with the opening of his new flagship store on the Left Bank. The store is a staggering 23,000 square foot space in an 18th-century city mansion that includes everything from made-to-measure men’s suiting to RRL Western wear and a 128-seat American-cuisine restaurant aptly named Ralph’s. “My heart beats faster now,” Lauren told NEWSWEEK the day before the opening. “I’ve been smiling for four days.”