(Photos courtesy of Ralph's Coffee)
Leave it to Ralph Lauren to put an American spin on a classic French experience. At the brand new Ralph's Coffee, which opened on September 8, in the designer's new Polo flagship store in New York City, an inviting blend of form and function is on display: delicious, private-label coffees made from organically grown beans are served in a pinnable, residential-style atmosphere.
“The smell of freshly brewed coffee evokes so many memories for me—mostly of time spent with friends and family, the people I love," says Lauren. "I wanted to develop these coffee blends in that spirit and create a place where people could come together and take a break from their busy days.”
So overlooking Fifth Avenue, in a historic building on the corner of 55th Street, the shop is comprised of two equally beautiful spaces. In the front, mosaic-tiled floors, wood-paneling, and white brick create an ethereal café-light setting for a quick sip, complete with marble-topped tables and antique bistro-style chairs. In the back room, a honey-colored communal farmhouse table plays up white weathered bead board; a wall features a stylish take on French bakery racks filled with tomes on fashion and design. It's enough to make coffee-to-go a thing of the past.