by Shin Takei
When most of us think of Ralph Lauren and his Collection, we envision his fine line of clothes. With his conservative yet fashionable men’s attire, his label will always be part of my wardrobe. However, there is another collection of Ralph’s that I truly cherish and envy, The Ralph Lauren Classic Car Collection. If you know anything about desirable classic cars, then you will agree that this collection is one of the top ten in the world. With his good taste and keen sense for design, he has chosen the crème de la crème of automotive masterpieces from the past. His passion for automobiles goes back to his youth and his appreciation for the design, hand crafted metal bodies, powerful engines, leather seats and instruments, all which have shined through his lines. Currently on loan to the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, we’re giving you a first glance at some of the gems on display until August 28, 2011.
Now, what makes Ralph Lauren a real car guy and not just another collector with rare automobiles? Ralph likes to drive them and experience what each of these exquisite examples was created for, which is why they were rarely seen exhibited; it was more important for him to enjoy them as part of himself and his life. That makes Ralph Lauren the coolest clothing designer out there…at least in my book.