LAUREN FAMILY VALUES: A contingent of Laurens — including Ralph, Ricky, David and Jerry — attended the Hetrick-Martin Institute’s Emery Awards gala on Thursday. Ralph Lauren presented an award to Charles Fagan, executive vice president and Lauren’s chief of staff at Ralph Lauren Corp. “This is not a company, it’s a family,” said the beaming designer after receiving a standing ovation from the crowd at Cipriani Wall Street. “Charles Fagan is a gentleman who’s been with this company for 25 years. He’s grown up with me. So much so that I would say he’s the third son. I see him every morning and I see him every night and I’m always excited to see him.”

Fagan responded by noting, “It’s not every day that you get accolades from your hero.”

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Sitting among the Laurens were a slew of senior company execs including Tracey Travis, Jacki Nemerov, Julie Berman, Buffy Birrittella, Susie Coulter, Cheryl Sterling, Joy Herfel and Alfredo Paredes.

Earlier in the evening, Kenneth Cole presented an award to Jeff Gennette, chief merchandising officer at Macy’s and Gayle King bestowed an award to Newark mayor Cory Booker.

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