Date Founded: 1967
Most Notable Designers: Ralph Lauren (1967 - present)
Muses Throughout History: Iris Apfel, Kim Nye, Camilla Belle
Most Famous Contribution To Fashion: Ralph Lauren has come to epitomize classic American sportswear, including denim, polo shirts, and cable-knit sweaters.
House Drama: Ralph Lauren was criticized for excessively Photoshopping model Filippa Hamilton in its 2009 ad campaign. In 2011, the brand was embroiled in a case against the U.S. Polo Association for the use of its logo of a polo player on a horse and won.
Illustrations by Gabriela Alford