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Ralph Lauren Wins Most Popular American Designer at Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards Ceremony

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun. 15, 2009-- Polo Ralph Lauren is pleased to announce that Ralph Lauren has been awarded with the first-ever Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Popular Vote Award. The awards ceremony took place this evening at the Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City. For the first time, the CFDA asked the public to cast votes online for their favorite designer. The Popular Vote Award was presented to Mr. Lauren by Steven Kolb, Executive Director of the CFDA.

In June 2007, the CFDA also awarded Mr. Lauren the first-ever American Fashion Legend Award. Mr. Lauren is the only designer to receive the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s four highest honors – the Lifetime Achievement Award, the Womenswear Designer of the Year Award, the Menswear Designer of the Year Award, the Retailer of the Year Award – as well as the CFDA’s Humanitarian Leadership Award.

ABOUT POLO RALPH LAUREN

Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation (NYSE:RL) is a leader in the design, marketing and distribution of premium lifestyle products in four categories: apparel, home, accessories and fragrances. For more than 40 years, Polo’s reputation and distinctive image have been consistently developed across an expanding number of products, brands and international markets. The Company’s brand names, which include “Polo by Ralph Lauren”, “Ralph Lauren Purple Label”, “Ralph Lauren Collection”, “Black Label”, “Blue Label”, “Lauren by Ralph Lauren”, “Polo Jeans Co.”, “RRL”, “RLX”, “Rugby”, “Ralph Lauren Childrenswear”, “American Living”, “Chaps”, and "Club Monaco" among others, constitute one of the world’s most widely recognized families of consumer brands. For more information, go to http://investor.ralphlauren.com.

ABOUT THE CFDA

The Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc. (CFDA) is a not-for-profit trade association whose membership consists of more than 340 of America's foremost fashion and accessory designers. CFDA Foundation, Inc. is a separate not-for-profit company, which was organized to raise funds for charity and industry activities. CFDA membership is by invitation only. New candidates are recommended by two current CFDA members, and voted in by the Board of Directors annually. Founded in 1962, the CFDA's initial goals were, and still are, "to further the position of fashion design as a recognized branch of American art and culture, to advance its artistic and professional standards, to establish and maintain a code of ethics and practices of mutual benefit in professional, public, and trade relations, and to promote and improve public understanding and appreciation of the fashion arts through leadership in quality and taste."

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Source: Polo Ralph Lauren

Media:
Polo Ralph Lauren
Monica Cuellar, 646-562-3218
Corporate Communications
monica.cuellar@poloralphlauren.com