OTC & Ralph Lauren: Win a Wimbledon Collection Gift Bag

To celebrate its fifth year as official outfitter of the Wimbledon Championships, Polo Ralph Lauren will introduce the first ever Legends Clinic tomorrow, June 17, at 11:00 a.m. (ET).

The Legends Clinic is a live interactive virtual tennis clinic featuring 3 times Wimbledon champion Boris Becker, and OTC is honored to be working with Ralph Lauren to promote the event and their outstanding Wimbledon collection.

During this interactive clinic, tennis enthusiasts around the world are going to be tuning in as Becker will be answering emailed questions, fed to him by presenter Annabel Croft, demonstrates technique, and offer hints and tips on how to improve your game during this interactive clinic.  To access the Legends Clinic, please CLICK HERE.

And if that’s not enough for you, OTC and Ralph Lauren are also teaming up to give away a gift bag from the  brand new Wimbledon Collection!  As you can probably imagine, when Ralph Lauren, one of OTC’s longtime favorite brands, does something they tend to do it very well. See what Mr. Becker is wearing in these photos?  That’s the kind of stuff you can win.

To take your shot at winning the OTC/Ralph Lauren Wimbledon Collection gift bag, leave a comment telling us how Ralph Lauren has influenced your own personal sense of style. You have until next Wednesday, June 23, so hurry up!

With this partnership, Polo Ralph Lauren continues its role as the official outfitter of all on-court officials including chair umpires, line umpires and ball persons. In 2006, Polo Ralph Lauren became the first designer in Wimbledon’s 133-year history to create official uniforms for the tournament – a natural fit to many fans of the elegantly sporty brand.

Updated classic style returns to Centre Court with a modern array of sportswear inspired by the elegance and sophisticated heritage of English tennis. Classic cabled tennis sweaters are reworked with stylish tank tops and cable-knit vests.

The Wimbledon blazer appears in cream jersey with navy ribbon piping. Recalling the elegant heritage of the game, chic navy blazers, button down shirts, repp ties and ribbon belts are shown in the tournament’s signature shades of Wimbledon Bentley green.

Probably the single most popular tennis tournament in the world, the Wimbledon Championships are held June 21 – July 4, and  are attended by an average of 500,000 visitors each year.

For more information on The Championships, log on to www.Wimbledon.org.

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  1. Tehas

    I walk by the Greenwich Ave store at least twice a day. Reminds me that fit and contrast of material are key!

  2. Cat Dority

    Ralph Lauren has long been established as the “American Classic” designer. To me, his collections provide staple wardrobe pieces. Made with quality and built to last, items from any Ralph Lauren collection will lend an effortless style of chic to any closet. Ralph Lauren reminds me that I can confidently exude style while bypassing the need to obsess over trends.

  3. Adam Nelson

    Ralph Lauren is the quintessential designer of the American male. Some may dismiss the brand as elitism; however, I embrace the design as a classic, clean look with reputation for making clothing that lasts wash after wash over long periods of time.

    For as long as I can remember, polo shirts were the only shirt to wear; if not for the array of colors, but the subtleness of designs, and what the brand represents. Today, as a professional, I still wear my button downs and polo shirts with pride.

  4. RL teaches that classic elegant fashion involves more fabric than skin!
    I am confident I will look back on my years pleased with the style in which I presented myself to the world.

  5. Kiel Holliday

    When I look at the Ralph Lauren collection I see myself and the way that he has been a staple of American fashion. I love his designs because that are not over the top, just simple and clean. With a reputation that has never ceased to lose its luster over the long periods of time.

    The Polo Shirt has a prime spot in my fashion repertoire. On a consistent basis, I am picking out a polo to throw on with khaki shorts or pants. my taste in fashion started with the array of Ralph Lauren clothes that have made men look as good. They have a brand that stands behind the clothes that are made and is not afraid to show it off.

  6. Ralph Lauren is classic style at its peak. Clean lines, sublte sailor, athletic hear and prep school hints, RL allows a progression of styles through age while maintaining a cohesive look. From toddler to child, from teenager to adult this brand has been the top of the line inspiration for style and grace in clothing and living.

  7. eric

    Since the 1980s I have loved the asthetic of RL. Collar up, white polo under a pink polo, enough said!

  8. D'tje

    Ralph Lauren’s personal style reminds me of the great American movie icons from the Golden Age of Hollywood. Great dressers like Cary Grant, Gary Cooper and Fred Astaire. Ralph Lauren inspired me to start wearing Kent style double breasted blazers and suits with big swooping peak lapels.

  9. Christopher Dopita

    I think I’ve lived the full gamut of the Polo RL lifestyle. From button-ups with a sweater over top as a child to Polos with the collar popped in high school and college to their beautiful suits today. I’m almost embarrassed to admit how much RL has influenced not only my dress style but the life I want to lead. I aspire every moment to have just one day that resembles a polo advertisement. Both in activities and clothes.

  10. Sean

    Anyone who dismisses Ralph Lauren as “non-trad” is out of their mind. The guy basically created – and definitely personifies – American cool. He’s built an empire on his vision of American fashion and made billions selling that lifestyle to consumers.

    I got hooked on Ralph Lauren out of college (some five years ago). I built up my basic wardrobe of suits, blazers, button downs, and English bench made shoes… Then I realized I was a walking RL catalogue. Every time I try to diversify my wardrobe at Bergdorf Goodman, Barneys, Sid Mashburn, etc… I inevitably wander back to RL. When you step into an RL store, you’re thrust into his world… Mahogany, antique rugs and paintings, cashmere, and great-looking sales girls (dressed to kill). I no longer need any pieces from RL, but I inevitably pick something up every visit… A two-button Purple Label navy suit is next on my list.

  11. Ralph Lauren has completely changed my entire wardrobe. I can count my daily outfits as being almost 90% RL, everyday. I love the entire lifestyle of the brand, I sleep on the homewares, dress like a Ralph Lauren rig and smell like Nacho Figueras. Whether its wearing 100% polo or no polo at all, i still manage to create outfits that resemble the ‘polo look.’ I’m well and truly a brainwashed and 100% polo boy.

  12. Martin

    One of my favorite sayings is: “fashion comes and goes, but style is timeless.” This certainly applies to to the Ralph Lauren aesthetic, which is largely why his work serves as a major style influence for me. Whenever I look through my father’s closet, it’s always amazing to find that his old RL clothes remain stylistically relevant, even after many decades of use. Not only have his clothes withstood the test of time, they’ve grown better with age. There’s definitely something charming about a broken-in button-down oxford shirt that’s sun-faded and slightly frayed at the collar after years of serving as “old reliable” for my dad.

    Ralph Lauren’s clothes are timeless and classic with an individualistic flair, which is why they’ve served as a major inspiration in the development of my own personal style. When I have children someday, I want them to be able to share in my experience – learning that the best style lasts forever.

  13. Klaus

    Ralph Lauren has always been a part of my life. In fact, he raised me up in a way.

    I grew up wearing classic clothes – whether I was playing tennis with my brothers or just going to school, I also wore clothes by Lauren since they had this style that wasn’t always so easy to find elsewhere. Shops were full of clothes of mediocre quality that could never appeal to me or to my parents. Thanks to Ralph Lauren, me and my brothers were the best dressed kids in school.

    Well yes, it was largely because of my parents that I dressed and learned to dress the way I still do. However, this could never have been possible without Lauren in the first place, and when I grew up, the brand also had a huge influence on how my personal style evolved. It didn’t just show me how to dress or give me exact rules – something that happens far too often in this world, but it did give me guidelines and ideas. What I got was variety: I could choose myself. Still, I had the same articles in my closet: polo shirts, chinos. Only now they were not exactly the same: different fits, colors, styles. This meant going through years of style experimenting, but Ralph Lauren got me through it.

    Somehow life seems, at least for now, to go in cycles. Sometimes you feel like wearing bold colors, for instance, but then comes a time when you’re back to the basics with some elements from your experimenting added to them.

    Right now I’m in such a state that I like the classic, basic things but still try to accentuate them with bolder elements with things like a little colour here and there. And this is a style evolution that is based on classic men’s fashion, which without Ralph Lauren could not have been possible.

    Ralph Lauren has preserved the good traditions of men’s style while still adding something new to it and also giving its customers a chance to add something of their own. Lauren has given me a world where I can decide what I want and how. This make’s one feel good and confident not only in your clothing choices, but in your whole life as well.

    For me Ralph Lauren’s about traditions, choices and confidence in what you feel and believe in.

  14. Jacob

    Ralph Lauren has taught me that there are some staples that should be in every man’s wardrobe, and there are some looks that never go out of style. Ralph Lauren remains relevant by not trying to reinvent the wheel, but by taking what works and presenting it with a unique freshness. RL creates quality that lasts, not only in a physical sense, but in the sense that it will appeal equally to those in the generations before you and in the generations after.

    This is the definition of classic.

  15. Jonathan

    One of the most fascinating crises facing the style-conscious shopper of today is a simple question, “Who am I.” What we wear when we step out the door in the morning is not necessarily indicative of who we are. Instead, I would say that for most people it is a clear sign of who they wish to be and how they want others to view them. For example, a new employee wears a suit to prove to his leaders that he has potential, just as a successful business man buys a more expensive suit to prove to others that he has “made it.”

    Although this happens to be the case for most of the world, I believe it to be an unfortunate fact of life. It is unavoidable that we will be judged by most of the people we come into contact with based on what we are wearing. However, Ralph Lauren advocates a change in this mindset. Instead of judging people based on “who” they wear, instead look at people and notice what they wear and how they wear it. If Lauren and his various brands, polo, rugby, black and purple labels, have taught me anything it is how meaningless a symbol or brand can be. Instead, they place importance on how a man or woman chooses to dress themselves; what chances they take and how individual their outfit is.

    Stepping into any Lauren store immediately inspires in me a sense of wonder at how many different ways there are to present oneself. Even the window displays present me with new and unique sartorial combinations that I never would have paired on my own.

    To put this concept into perspective I’ll give a personal example. One day after browsing through the store I came across a navy Polo cable-knit cardigan. I immediately began to pair it in my head with various combinations of pants, shirts, shoes and even ties. To be honest, as a college student I couldn’t afford the piece that day. However, and much more importantly, it inspired me to race home and begin to pull out and try on other sweaters that I hadn’t worn in a while. It’s this kind of excitement and inspiration for creativity that Ralph Lauren has created for millions. My personal ‘style-horizons’ have been expanded by leaps and bounds by things that I’ve seen in his stores and catalogs, and that is something I’ll always carry with me.

  16. Thanks everyone, these are great stories and some wonderful comments about Ralph Lauren’s influence on the world of classic fashion.

    For those of you who still want to jump in, there is still time! We’ll accept any comments posted before 12:00 midnight (ET) tonight. So, hurry up and start writing!

  17. Thanks everyone! I’ve been on vacation for the past week up in Vermont. Though I wasn’t able to get a good network connection, I saw every story that was submitted.

    You shared some great stories and I appreciate every one. I’ll have the winner sorted out shortly and will let you all know who came out on top!

  18. DB – Interesting question. Apart from the one Polo is showing with the Wimbledon collection, I haven’t seen many.

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  28. roger

    Talk about selling British style back to the British…they’ve been had. The number of home-grown outfitters, and certainly tailors, that could have been chosen from to kit-out Wimbledon is right there on the doorstep. The cost of the ‘Wimbeldon blazer’ from Ralph Lauren is a complete rip-off, with a price many times in excess of its manufacturing cost. And how on earth does RL get the idea that cricket jumpers (known as ‘tennis sweaters’ to non-British people) are something that they have ‘styled’. Plenty were already wearing them!

    If ever there was a case of selling snow to the Eskimos, this is it.

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