(Getty) The Rugby Ralph Lauren store in Boston, Massachusetts
It's a sad week for lovers of classic, expensive-but-not-crazy-expensive, well-made, preppy-inspired clothing. Not only is Jack Wills' grown-up label Aubin & Wills shuttering at the end of the year, but today, WWD's senior editor David Lipke tweeted that Rugby Ralph Lauren will cease operations by 2013:
The official announcement was buried at the bottom of a Q2 report in today's WWD—where Ralph Lauren execs explained they're closing Rugby to "focus resource on higher growth, more scalable global opportunities with the core Ralph Lauren brand." The closure will affect 14 standalone Rugby stores.
Are you a fan of Rugby Ralph Lauren and are you sad it's closing? I've always been partial to the brand's simple, easy-to-wear dresses and women's separates. Tell us what you think of the closure in the comments section, below! Will you be shopping at other Ralph Lauren brand stores?