Visible Influence: Numerous Collections
Quite possibly the greatest American menswear designer, Ralph Lauren embodied everything that fans of fashion wanted to be. He was a young Jewish kid from The Bronx who aspired to be something greater, started with some ties, and made that into a full-fledged label. Like The Great Gatsby, he worked and willed himself from being Ralph Lifschitz into being Ralph Lauren, and that struggle spoke to people outside of the fashion industry. 'Lo heads embraced a lot of his '90s designs, and when Raekwon sported that "Snow Beach" parka in the "Can It Be All So Simple" video, his foothold in the hip-hop world was cemented forever.