As one of the most iconic fashion designers of all time, Ralph Lauren is the epitome of the American dream. He’s managed to amass an empire that spans from luxury clothing and fragrances, to home furnishings, and of course the “Polo” series that started it all – his original line of neckties. “People ask how can a Jewish kid from the Bronx do preppy clothes? Does it have to do with class and money? It has to do with dreams,” said Ralph Lauren.
With a personal fortune estimated at somewhere around $10 billion and growing, Ralph could have chosen any luxury destination as his home away from home – but it is no surprise to Sotheby’s International Realty that his love for snowcapped Mountains led him to Colorado. Today, Ralph lives out his dreams with long time love Ricky – wife of 48 years. And when they need to get away, the sprawling 16,000+ acre ranch beneath the foothills of the San Juan mountains is where they call home. Pictured above: Ralph Lauren with wife Ricky, below, photos of the property. Photography by Gilles de Chabaneix.
Whether inspired by a runway story or a narrative all its own, the incredible ranch’s interior demonstrates the depth of Ralph Lauren’s design philosophy. Reflecting a refined sense of timeless luxury and character, his cultivation of motifs from native tribes intermingled with contemporary design, makes the Double RL Ranch an extraordinary masterpiece.
So touted in fact, that Oprah Winfrey herself was vying for the chance at an inside look at Double RL. In the final days of the Oprah Show, the two legends sat down for a rare and candid interview, to discuss Ralph’s legacy and the lifestyle he created in the outskirts of Telluride, CO. Pictured right, Oprah and Ralph in May 2011, photo courtesy Oprah.com. “I can’t tell you how many times I’ve driven on that road and counted the miles of your fence, tried to look over, like so many people do, in their neighborhoods,” Oprah told Ralph. “When you’re growing up, you look at the big house on the hill. For me, it was looking through the fence at your ranch.” Ralph went on to tell Oprah why he created this personal oasis in the west, “I needed another side that was totally private, totally a world that I felt I could live,” Ralph says. “It was nature. It was peaceful. It was horses. It was riding. It was cattle….You’re in a world that’s all your own.”
Classic Ralph Lauren Collection pieces adorn the ranch, alongside Art Nouveau-style lamps, and custom artwork from Edward S. Curtis – famed chronicler of Native American culture. Pictured left, the Double RL Ranch photographed by Gilles de Chabaneix. Truly a compilation of Ralph’s creativity, the ranch includes a main lodge, three guest tepees, and several outbuildings, each reflecting the spirit of the west with the chicest touch. For a detailed journey into Ralph Lauren’s Colorado lifestyle, see Architectural Digest’s fascinating expose, or watch exclusive clips from Oprah’s unforgettable interview. Sotheby’s International Realty professionals represent homes that embody the rich tapestry of unique settings and diverse locales. Allow us to artfully unite you with the perfect home befitting your lifestyle.