Ralph Lauren expands customization to crewnecks

NEW YORK (AP) — Ralph Lauren is offering create-it-yourself crewnecks as customization gains popularity with shoppers.
Starting Thursday, customers online and at a Manhattan store can choose what they want. The sweater will be knit to order and arrive at their homes within two weeks. The sweaters cost $198, a price the company says is about the same as a regular crewneck.
Last year, Ralph Lauren opened a custom shop at its London flagship store, where customers can embroider and add patches to Polo shirts, hats and blazers. The company also says it had success with customizable T-shirts for men, women and children at the Polo Ralph Lauren Shops at the U.S. Open this past fall.
Chief innovation officer David Lauren says the company hopes to eventually have custom shops at all its stores.

In this Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, photo, store employees Alexander Gentil, foreground, and Benjamin Search prepare a shirt for custom embroidery at the Polo Ralph Lauren store, in New York’s SoHo neighborhood. Ralph Lauren is offering create-it-yourself crewnecks as customization gains popularity with shoppers. Chief innovation officer David Lauren says the company hopes to eventually have custom shops at all its stores. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

In this Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, photo, David Lauren talks about custom sweaters and embroidery at the Polo Ralph Lauren store in New York’s SoHo neighborhood. Ralph Lauren is offering create-it-yourself crewnecks as customization gains popularity with shoppers. Chief innovation officer David Lauren says the company hopes to eventually have custom shops at all its stores. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

In this Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, photo, store employee Alexander Gentil checks custom embroidery in progress at the Polo Ralph Lauren store, in New York’s SoHo neighborhood. Ralph Lauren is offering create-it-yourself crewnecks as customization gains popularity with shoppers. Chief innovation officer David Lauren says the company hopes to eventually have custom shops at all its stores. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

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