Big things have small beginnings. Ralph Lauren started creating his brand basically out of a drawer in the Empire State Building in New York City. He was working as a tie salesman for a company, but aspired to create his own tie collection. When his company rejected his designs, he went out and sold them to small stores personally. In 1967 he hit big when Neiman Marcus picked them up. The ties were branded under Polo, which was the beginning of his hugely successful men’s and women’s lifestyle collections. Since 1967, Polo has become a household name sporting a relaxed sophisticated look with its very bright colors, simple designs and patterns.