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March 17, 2008

In the Beginning Was the Logo

Filed under: Bad Fashion,Men's Fashion,Shirts — Izzy @ 6:01 am

Ralph Lauren jumping horse logo

Ralph Lauren Purple Label (which tops the RL hierarchy in terms of quality and price) has recently come out with a new logo, of what looks like a polo rider on a leaping horse.  Izzy is no fan of logos in general (a well-dressed man never needs to advertise brands), but the new horse is so lame it deserves to be shot.


  1. Agreed totally. I like Ralph Lifschitz’s stuff when it is logoless, but the pony just ruins it. Why does it have to be so enormous? Just wear a T-shirt saying “This T-shirt cost $80” if you want to advertise so badly.

    Comment by Gary — March 17, 2008 @ 10:16 am

  2. That logo actually makes the shirt look like a knock-off.

    Comment by me — March 17, 2008 @ 7:06 pm

  3. I really thought this was a joke until I went to the polo website. This is in poor taste and indicates that Mr. Lifshitz may have Alzheimers or something.

    Personally, I’d like to see a stickball player. That would be truer to his roots (and nothing wrong w/ that).

    Comment by Alan B. — March 17, 2008 @ 11:50 pm

  4. What’s interesting to me is that logo this not at all accurate in terms of how a horse really gallops. This is how a galloping horse was depicted in paintings before the age of photgraphy. When a horse’s limbs come off the ground at a full gallop its limbs are tucked under the body, not spread out. Just google “Edweard Muybridge” to see a famous series of photos that finally proved this.

    So I wonder what RL is really trying to communicate with this logo. Some kind of connection to a gentrified past?

    Comment by Phyllis — March 18, 2008 @ 9:21 am

  5. I agree about this one. I guess we can allow great Ralph to make a mistake sometimes. On the other hand, good old pony is just so much more than a logo.

    Comment by mensflair — March 21, 2008 @ 2:10 pm

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