The cars in Ralph Lauren’s collection are among the world’s most precious, but that does not prevent him from taking them out for a spin.
In a two-story, 48,000-square-foot building in New York’s Westchester County, the cars in Ralph Lauren’s collection are set on white platforms that match the color of the walls and rise a foot above the black floor. The space is empty except for the cars. They are displayed like works of art in a gallery, but they are not treated so delicately. Indeed, the 74-year-old fashion designer calls the building a garage (D.A.D. Garage, after the names of his three children: David, Andrew, and Dylan)—not a gallery, showroom, or museum—and he is quick to dispel the presumption that the cars’ tires never touch asphalt. “I have a lot of great cars,” Lauren says, “and I bought them all to drive. I didn’t buy them to keep them in a garage and to shine them up.” He continues, “I love cars for their inspiration, for the fun of driving, and for the beauty of collecting something special and rare.”