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Ralph’s Purple Prose

Ralph Lauren certainly has been busy this week, from releasing his company’s third-quarter results to battling his biggest licensee. Here is some of...

Ralph Lauren certainly has been busy this week, from releasing his company’s third-quarter results to battling his biggest licensee. Here is some of Polo’s news:

THE FIGURES: A 6.1 percent decline in profits, although the retail side turned in the best performance ever. For full story, see page 2.

This story first appeared in the February 7, 2003 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

THE FEUD: Ralph Lauren is squaring off with Jones Apparel Group in what the fashion world loves best: a good old-fashioned feud. For the latest developments, see page 14.

THE FRAGRANCE: Polo is launching its new Purple Label fragrance (right) this spring with plans to do $5 million at retail in the first year. See page 7.