Ralph Lauren is an American classic -- an iconic designer who has spent more than 40 years carving out his own unique point of view in the fashion world. Born Ralph Lifshitz in the Bronx on October 14, 1939, he began his career in a sales job at Brooks Brother. Soon, he began to design neckties, which Neiman Marcus liked and bought in the dozens. He then made men’s neckties under the famous name “Polo” and sold them at Bloomingdale’s, where he got his own first in-store boutique. Soon after, he launched his own menswear line, which was a mix between a preppy and cowboy aesthetic. After he won the COTY award for his designs in 1970, he started a women’s line made with men’s style suits. His iconic Polo logo was first introduced in a collection of short-sleeved cotton shirts in 24 colors. Now, the Ralph Lauren brand includes the luxury line Ralph Lauren Purple, Ralph Lauren Black, Ralph Lauren, Club Monaco, as well as a home decoration selection, Ralph Lauren Home. The brand extends from sportswear to fragrances, from denim to even paint. Lauren has been married to his wife, Ricky, for 49 years, and they have three children: Andrew, Dylan, and David. To celebrate the designer's 74th birthday on Monday, a look at his best career moments.