RALPH LAUREN PARTNERS WITH HBCUs FOR NEW COLLECTION

In keeping with last year’s $2 million pledge to support scholarships for students at 12 historically Black colleges and universities across the country, Ralph Lauren presents the Polo Ralph Lauren Exclusively for Morehouse and Spelman Colleges Collection, due to arrive in stores and online later this month. The collection boasts suiting, knitwear, outerwear, dresses, footwear and accessories.

“This collection expresses the spirited history, deep sense of community, and legacy of timeless dressing at historically Black colleges and universities,” Lauren says. “It’s so much more than a portrayal of a collegiate design sensibility. It’s about sharing a more complete and authentic portrait of American style and of the American dream—ensuring stories of Black life and experiences are embedded in the inspiration and aspiration of our brand.”  (Numbered among Morehouse’s esteemed alumni are Martin Luther King, Jr. and Spike Lee; while Alice Walker and Stacey Abrams both attended Spelman.)

The pieces are featured in an accompanying short film, A Portrait of the American Dream, which premieres on March 28th, a day before the collections’ release.