It all started with a necktie… but by 1972 Ralph Lauren had transcended the world of fashion with a range of sports shirts, ties, and a signature white flannel suit that would debut in his 1968 collection. In the time since, Polo Ralph Lauren has become the go-to menswear brand for stylish gents and dads everywhere thanks to a signature aesthetic that bridges age gaps, styles, and fashion itself.
A brand revered for its timeless range, Ralph Lauren is the Ultimate Father’s Day Gifting Destination, and we’ve curated a selection of our favourite pieces below.
Our Polo Ralph Lauren Father’s Day Picks
Launched in 1972, the Polo Ralph Lauren polo shirt is crafted from the finest materials and is available in a style, cut, or colour to suit any aesthetic. In describing the polo shirt himself, Ralph Lauren famously said “On one level, there’s an aspirational quality to having a polo player on it… On another level, it’s just a great shirt with lots of colours.”
The humble polo sits towards the top of our list for Father’s Day gifts for that exact reason, flexibility. We guarantee dad has a pair of trousers and shoes to wear with this shirt, and if he doesn’t, maybe pick him something else to match while you’re shopping. You’ll also find a range of kid’s polo shirts to match dad with his mini-me.
Dress shirts made their first appearance in the original full men’s collection 4 years before the famous polo shirt. They’ve remained vogue with a unique sports aesthetic that, in the words of Ralph Lauren, envokes “romance and excitement.” You won’t find an argument here. First and foremost we love the shirt’s fit, with a choice of classic or slim, but we also love the array of rich details and structured collar that’s suitable for all occasions. Available in a variety of prints, colours, and materials, there’s a shirt to suit every dad and you’ll even find matching shirts for your mini-me.
Sweaters and Cardigans
The Polo Ralph Lauren sweater and cardigan collection highlight some of our favourite pieces for Father’s Day. Our eye has always been drawn to the classic Polo Bear jumper and Cable-Knit sweater for embodying Ralph Lauren’s “Style is forever” idea but the inclusion of cricket jumpers and vests brings the collection to new heights. Available in a wide range of styles, cuts, and colours for both men and kids, these are the perfect transitional piece for early spring dressing.
Create Your Own Polo Ralph Lauren
Want to level up your Father’s Day gift? Ralph Lauren has the perfect solution. For the first time in Australia, you’ll be able to stitch a range of Ralph Lauren patches onto your favourite products, including polo shirts, t-shirts, and fleece crewnecks, as well as accessories including hats, tote bags and water bottles. Choose from a range of designs such as the famous Polo bear, lettering, symbols, classic crest and more. Patches not dads style? Custom printing is also available through the program.
How does it work? Upon selecting a product, you’ll be able to choose your favourite design and choose where to place it on the item – a process undertaken within the store, via touch screens and guided by Ralph Lauren representatives.
Where Can You Create Your Own Polo Ralph Lauren Pieces?
Ralph Lauren’s Create-Your-Own (CYO) customisation program will be exclusively available at a number of pop-ups across Australia. We’ve listed them below as they’ve arrived just in time for Father’s Day.
The Polo Ralph Lauren ‘Create Your Own’ experience will be available at the following locations.
- Polo Ralph Lauren at Chatswood Chase from 8 August – 4 September.
- Polo Ralph Lauren at Canberra Centre from 19 September – 3 October.
- Polo Ralph Lauren at Indooroopilly from 7 – 20 November.
More Timeless Ralph Lauren Gifts for Father’s Day
We’ve rounded up a list of our favourite accessories for dad this Father’s Day below.
Bags and Smaller Goods
Ralph Lauren’s selection of bags and small leather goods are perfect for the dad who hasn’t upgraded his everyday carry items in years. We particularly love the leather-trimmed canvas convertible tote bag featured above for its vachetta leather trimmings, top carry handle, and storage capacity with a front zipped pocket. It’s the perfect accessory for the office working dad who’s in need of replacing his messenger bag with a tidy alternative. Match this with the needlepoint keyfob, cotton mask, and leather card holder for the ultimate return to work collection for dad this Father’s Day.
Fine watchmaking is all in the details and our top pick for Father’s Day is the Ski Polo Bear 42mm steel watch. Nicknamed the “RL2000 Ski Bear” when first introduced on a men’s jumper in 1993, the bear depicted on this timepiece is dressed in attire inspired by Mr Lauren’s RLX ski-inspired collections from the early 1990s. Equally as dapper is the Tuxedo Bear which features a cream-coloured dial with a crystal covering. Both timepieces arrive in a signature “Polo Ralph Lauren” watch box that’s perfect for Father’s Day gifting.
Ralph Lauren Home
Frustrated by the quality choices on the market Ralph Lauren launched his ‘Home’ series in 1983. A first for a clothing designer – but something we see more and more today – the collection would debut with a wide range that includes bedding, rugs, and decor. Today the range extends these pillars to objects such as the McLaren F1 (featured above) and Ely Motorcycle, the Brennan clock made in partnership with Chelsea Clock Company, and the Cooper Watch Box. Could any of these make the perfect gift for dads desk? We think so.
While the curated selections above are sure to satisfy any dad’s taste, a Father’s Day gift card is a perfect choice for the dad that has everything. Polo Ralph Lauren offers virtual gift cards with custom amounts pre-loaded for dad. Gift cards can be redeemed at any time in full or in part at Ralph Lauren and in participating Ralph Lauren stores. Custom gift messages are also available.