Try as we might, it’s all but impossible to ignore the multitude of brands that fashion magnate Ralph Lauren is responsible for. It might not be quite as cutthroat or bloodthirsty as the latest season of Game of Thrones, but that doesn’t mean Lauren’s journey from random tie manufacturer to fashion magnate was filled with any less strife. And that’s precisely what the HBO films documentary Very Ralph aims to tackle. It was directed and produced by multiple award-winning documentarian Susan Lacy (HBO’s Jane Fonda in Five Acts, Spielberg) Very Ralph, the first documentary portrait of fashion icon Ralph Lauren, premieres on HBO later this year. As they tell it, “The film reveals the man behind the icon and the creation of one of the most successful brands in fashion history. As he enters his sixth decade in business, Lauren reflects on his journey from just a boy from the Bronx who didn’t know what a fashion designer was, to becoming the emblem of American style all around the world.” In short, the brand that we’ve all come to know, aspire to, hate, create, recreate and emulate all boils down to the initial collection of ties that started it all. Catch all of the action when Very Ralph premieres on HBO on November 12th.

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