The crest on a velvet jacket at Ralph Lauren's store in Boston a few days ago.
Polo Ralph Lauren was established in 1968*. However, when they "borrowed" King Henry VIII's crest for one of their velvet jackets, someone got the banner wrong when they printed "MCMLXII". "1962"
The crown is a hilarious touch.
Henry VIII's crest.
Fleur de Lis in threes and Leo in Trio.
For all the time and money they spend, they can't even come up with their own fake crests? They have resorted to stealing those from the likes of Eton and others. Emulating is one thing, but thievery is another... besides, I'm sure that Henry VIII would have been able to correctly write his Roman numerals.
For the record, I rarely take crests seriously.
I have clothing with the little horse on it, and I don't really mind that small quantity.
But "RL" on your slippers? Your name better be "Randolph Lattersly" or something similar. Why not put his initials on your stationary as well, or just go all the way and legally change your name? Maybe you're actually a descendant of Marco Polo, in which case, I'll shut my mouth.
*There are conflicting reports as to when the company was founded, possibly mincing the actual incorporation with the concept launch. I go with the business documents that all say 1968.