The social media superstar—and face of Ralph Lauren fragrances—fills us in on the brand’s West Coast takeover, suiting up in RL, and getting starstruck by Sylvester Stallone.
Blake Gray has been having a tough day on the links. It’s the morning after Ralph Lauren’s big fashion-show-slash-dinner-party-slash-blowout-bash on the West Coast, and Gray has been out golfing with friends. “I haven’t been playing that well,” he tells me over the phone as we chat about the sport’s growing popularity with young, stylish guys (more on that later) before segueing into a discussion about Ralph, personal style, and getting starstruck around Sylvester Stallone.
Here, in his own words, the social media superstar—five million followers on Instagram and nearly 10 million on TikTok, but who’s counting?—and face of Ralph Lauren fragrances like Polo and Romance fills us in on what it’s like to get dressed up and party in the Ralph Lauren universe.
“I’ve been wearing Ralph my whole life. When I was growing up, I probably had every single pair of khakis in every single color. I also had all the polos in every single color and every day I would mix and match the colors. That was pretty much my wardrobe at school. Ralph has definitely had a huge impact on my style. And the fact that I’ve been working with them for the past year and a half has just been a dream come true. I mean, working with a brand like Ralph Lauren, I feel like is one of every kid’s dreams.”
“When we got there, we rode a golf cart through all the museum’s gardens and exhibits. I simply adored the atmosphere there. It was lovely, and I thought it was wonderful to see individuals from so many various eras and ages participating in the event. They had some young children dressed in Ralph clothing, and they all simply looked fantastic. I essentially wanted to purchase everything that was displayed on the runway.”
“How can you look bad wearing Ralph, after all? It’s amazing because whenever I do wear suits, they are always Ralph Lauren, and I always look and feel great. I never want to take it off because I feel so good wearing it. I feel so good that I want to wear it to bed.”