Shortly after college, Lauren was drafted and enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserves and  went to basic training in Fort Dix. The military heavily influenced his collections. Lauren says: “When I was growing up, officers in uniform were very impressive to me. They were doing a job; they were protecting our country; they were heroes. When you wear an old military jacket there’s some sort of connection to those qualities—to being strong, to being tough, to being a warrior.” 

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