Inventor: Ralph Lauren
Known For: You can thank Ralph Lauren for the popped collar phenomenon -- he made polo shirts cool. A Jewish man from the Bronx, Ralph Lifshitz a.k.a. Ralph Lauren, creates clothing to represent the lifestyle he never had. "My clothes are all about a mood and style I like -- such as tweed jackets. It's all about creating a dream I'd want for myself," Lauren once told Oprah in an interview.
It's true, he makes clothing for WASPS and wannabe preps. I mean, his signature logo is a polo player. But, he does it in style -- Lauren is synonymous with class -- and that's why he's successful.
Beyond clothing, he also designs, bedding, towels, cologne and, apparently, furniture.
Invented Apparatus: "Bed"
As you can see, it's a bed. But, in that Ralph Lauren way, it's an understated, yet fashionable frame.
Rationale Behind Invention: Lauren also holds design patents for a cologne bottle and its corresponding top. It's unclear why Lauren felt the need to patent these items, rather than his countless other designs. Perhaps he wanted to patent a bed fit to showcase his bedding collections?
Off-label Uses: Beds have all sorts of off-label uses -- use your imagination, or the Internet.
Future Directions: In addition to his design passions, Lauren also has a car collecting hobby. He owns over 70 rare vehicles, including a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO and and 1929 Blower Bentley. We think he should combine his two talents and design a high-class race-car bed for big kids.
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