Ralph Lauren along with his family unvieled his largest flagship European store on the Left Bank in Paris on Wednesday. For three years, the designer has been painstakingly restoring a grim government building on the Boulevard Saint-Germain to its original stature as a seventeenth-century hôtel particulier.
Paris Vogue editor Carine Roitfield came to celebrate the grand opening along with Karl Lagerfeld, models Abbey Lee Kershaw and Du Juan.
A terrace restaurant named Ralph's will open in two weeks. The menu will offer such fare as clam chowder, Maine lobster salad and the best burger in town made with Angus beef from Lauren’s own cattle shipped from his ranch in Colorado.
The designer is set to receive the Légion d'Honneur today, from the hands of President Sarkozy himself.