Ralph Lauren has become the first American fashion designer to be awarded with an honorary British knighthood for his services to the fashion industry.
The 79-year-old designer, who is currently celebrating 50 years in the fashion business, will receive the knighthood insignia at a ceremony next year, and may now use “KBE” after his name if he wishes.
Antony Phillipson, British Consul General to New York and Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for North America, said: “In his storied career in fashion, business, and philanthropy, Mr. Lauren has played a key role in forging transatlantic cultural and economic connections”
The award also recognizes Lauren’s work with charity including the opening of The Ralph Lauren Centre for Breast Cancer Research at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London.
Ralph Lauren, who currently serves as the Executive Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of the Ralph Lauren Corporation, also recently received a CFDA Members Salute for his leadership in the global fashion industry.