Ralph & Russo

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Ralph & Russo
Privately held
Industry Fashion
Founded 2010, London, United Kingdom
Founder Tamara Ralph & Michael Russo
Headquarters London
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Tamara Ralph, Creative Director
Michael Russo, CEO
Products
Number of employees
450 (2017)
Website www.ralphandrusso.com

Ralph & Russo is a European, privately held company owned and founded by Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo. Ralph & Russo is a high fashion house that specializes in haute couture and ready-to-wear clothes, luxury goods, and fashion accessories.

History[edit]

The firm was founded in 2010 by duo Tamara Ralph (Creative Director) and Michael Russo (Chairman & CEO) who run it as a privately held company. [1]

Ralph & Russo opened its flagship boutique in London with a second in Paris on Rue Francois 1er.[2] In 2015, the brand opened its first boutique in Harrods.[3][4] and has outlined plans to open further stores in America, Europe and Asia. [5]

Recognition[edit]

Ralph & Russo became the first British brand to be elected in almost 100 years by the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture to show its collection on the official schedule at Paris Haute Couture Week.[6] The Chambre Syndicale’s former president, Didier Grumbach was quoted as saying "We expect savoir faire, which is being lost, and they Ralph & Russo have it".[7]

In 2013, Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo were jointly listed at #39 on Fortune magazine's 40 under 40.[8] and in 2016 were awarded the "Outstanding Achievement Award" at the Walpole British Luxury Awards[9][10] Tamara Ralph is one of only three female creative directors showing at Paris Haute Couture week and has featured in the Fortunes 40 under 40 list [11] and the Business Of Fashion 500. [12]

Ralph & Russo closed their SS16 couture show with one of the biggest wedding gowns in couture history: a dress with a train so long it required six atelier staff to turn it at the end of the runway. The gown had a total of 826 metres of tulle and 46 metres of organza, with millions of micro-beads, crystals, pearls, delicate shaped organza flowers and three-dimensional petals and leaves hand-embroidered onto the gown. The embroidery alone for the bridal gown took over 50 couturiers and 6,000 combined hours to create.[13]

Notable clients[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ralph & Russo", Drapers, Retrieved 10 December 2008.
  2. ^ "Ralph & Russo to open Sloane Street Showroom", Diary Directory, Retrieved 3 August 2013.
  3. ^ "Harrods Unveils Superbrands", Harrods, Retrieved 5 June 2015.]
  4. ^ "The Ralph & Russo Accessories and Footwear Collection Launches at Harrods", Style.com Arabia, Retrieved 23 June 2015.
  5. ^ "Michael Russo Lays Out Ralph & Russo’s Big Brand Ambitions", WWD, Retrieved 19 January 2018.
  6. ^ "UK’s first Paris fashion coup for a century", The Sunday Times, Retrieved 3 December 2013.
  7. ^ "UK’s first Paris fashion coup for a century", The Sunday Times, Retrieved 3 December 2013.
  8. ^ "40 Under 40 2013", Fortune, Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  9. ^ "Fantasy made real: Bazaar meets Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo", Harpers Bazaar, Retrieved 19 January 2018
  10. ^ "Michael Russo Lays Out Ralph & Russo’s Big Brand Ambitions", WWD, Retrieved 19 January 2018
  11. ^ "40 Under 40 2013", Fortune, Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  12. ^ "#BOF500 2016: Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo", Business of Fashion, Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  13. ^ "Inside the world of couture wedding dresses: 6,000+ hours spent on £500,000 dresses", Telegraph, Retrieved 19 January 2018.
  14. ^ "Best Dressed Celebrities this Week - 24th November", Harper's Bazaar UK, Retrieved 24 November 2014.
  15. ^ "Exclusive: Ralph & Russo On Working With Angelina Jolie". Grazia. 
  16. ^ "Aishwarya Rai Bachchan looks exquisite in Ralph & Russo voluminous gown at Cannes 2015", Indian Express, Retrieved June 2015.
  17. ^ "Bella Hadid Has The Fashion World Cheering With Ralph & Russo Gown At amfAR Gala", Huffington Post, Retrieved 19 January 2018.
  18. ^ "We Speak To Ralph & Russo About Dressing Beyonce Knowles For Mrs Carter World Tour", Grazia UK, Retrieved 8 December 2014.
  19. ^ "Celine Dion reborn with an exuberant foray into high fashion", CTV News, Retrieved 19 January 2018.
  20. ^ "9 Fan Bingbing Ralph & Russo Ensembles That Resulted In Red Carpet Perfection", Bustle, Retrieved 19 January 2018.
  21. ^ "Gwyneth Paltrow In Ralph & Russo Couture – 2015 Oscars", Red Carpet Fashion Awards, Retrieved 19 January 2018.
  22. ^ "Hailee Steinfeld In Ralph & Russo Couture – 2017 Oscars", Red Carpet Fashion Awards, Retrieved 19 January 2018.
  23. ^ "Kaia Gerber Just Made a Crop Top Look as Dramatic as a Red Carpet Gown", PopSugar, Retrieved 19 January 2018.
  24. ^ "Watch this space (age)! Braless Kendall Jenner opts for futuristic glamour with suggestive corseted gown and dripping jewels at galactic Chopard bash in Cannes", Daily Mail, Retrieved 19 January 2018.
  25. ^ "Has Meghan Markle chosen Ralph & Russo to design her wedding dress?". Harpers Bazaar. 
  26. ^ "Sheer delight! Penelope Cruz stuns in black lace couture as she commands attention at the Golden Globes", Daily Mail, Retrieved 19 January 2018.
  27. ^ "Priyanka Chopra or Kendall Jenner: Who wore the Ralph and Russo gown better?", The Indian Express, Retrieved 19 January 2018.
  28. ^ "Best Dressed First Ladies", Vanity Fair, Retrieved 26 October 2016.