or classes of its products and operate retail stores in specific international territories. The company’s licensing partners include Luxottica Group, S.p.A.; L'Oreal S.A.; Peerless, Inc.; and Hanesbrands Inc. Distribution To facilitate global distribution, the company’s products are shipped from manufacturers to a network of distribution centers worldwide for inspection, sorting, packing, and delivery to retail and wholesale customers. Brands and Products The company's products include apparel, including collections of men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing; accessories, including a range of footwear, eyewear, watches, fine jewelry, hats, belts, and leathergoods, including handbags and luggage; home products, such as bedding and bath products, furniture, fabric and wallpaper, lighting, paint, tabletop, and giftware; and fragrance products that are sold under its Big Pony, Romance, Midnight Romance, Polo, Lauren, Safari, Ralph, Black Label, Purple Label, and other brands. The company’s lifestyle brand image is reinforced by its stores and concession shop-within-shops, wholesale channels of distribution, and e-commerce sites, including its North American Ralph Lauren and Club Monaco e-commerce sites; and its Ralph Lauren e-commerce sites in Europe, Japan, and South Korea. Seasonality The company’s business is affected by seasonal trends, with higher levels of wholesale sales in its second and fourth quarters (year ending March 2014) and higher retail sales in its second and third quarters. These trends result primarily from the timing of seasonal wholesale shipments and key vacation travel, back-to-school, and holiday shopping periods in its Retail segment. Trademarks The company owns the RALPH LAUREN, POLO, POLO BY RALPH LAUREN DESIGN, and the famous polo player astride a horse trademarks in the U.S. and approximately 120 countries worldwide. Other trademarks that the company owns include PURPLE LABEL; BLACK LABEL; BLUE LABEL; RRL; RLX; LAUREN RALPH LAUREN; DENIM & SUPPLY RALPH LAUREN; PINK PONY; LAUREN; RALPH; CHAPS; CLUB MONACO; RUGBY; AMERICAN LIVING; and various trademarks pertaining to fragrances and cosmetics. Government Regulations The company is subject to other international trade agreements and regulations, such as the North American Free Trade Agreement, the Central American Free Trade Agreement, the Caribbean Basin Initiative, and other special trade programs. Apparel and other products sold by the company are also subject to regulation in the U.S. and other countries by other governmental agencies, including in the U.S., the Federal Trade Commission, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Consumer Products Safety Commission, including the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, which imposes limitations on the permissible amounts of lead and phthalates allowed in children's products. The company is also subject to new disclosure and reporting requirements, established under existing or new federal or state laws, such as the requirements to identify the origin and existence of certain ‘conflict minerals’ under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, and disclosures of abusive labor practices in portions of its supply chain under the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act, which could increase the cost of doing business, adversely affecting the company’s results of operations. History Ralph Lauren Corporation was founded in 1967 by Mr. Ralph Lauren. The company was incorporated in 1997 under the laws of the state of Delaware.
ralph lauren corp (RL:New York)
650 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10022
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