A Letter From the Publisher: Sep. 1, 1986

When TIME editors scheduled this week's cover story on Designer Ralph Lauren, Bonnie Angelo, TIME's Eastern regional bureau chief, tackled the bulk of the reporting herself. "Most stories I've worked on have dealt with politics," she says, "so the fact that this one was about business interested me."

To stitch together the Lauren tale, Angelo interviewed the designer and his key associates, then spoke with fashion editors, Wall Street analysts, various competitors and Actress Candice Bergen, a Lauren client. For good measure, Angelo took an advance peek at Lauren's new furniture line.

When Angelo came to New York City in July...

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