Shopgirl: Ralph Lauren's move surprises fashion industry

Louisa Makhlouf speaks about the carvings she sells at her Star of Bethlehem booth during the 2014 Greek Festival at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church.

Much to everyone’s surprise, including industry people “in the know,” Ralph Lauren announced this week that he will be stepping down as chief executive of his company – arguably the most distinctive and definitive fashion house in the United States, and an influential one across the world.


To replace him, Stefan Larsson (a design executive whose claim to fame is rehabbing brands including Old Navy, Gap and H&M) will be taking the reins but still answering to Lauren, who will remain chairman of the company.

It’s definitely the beginning of a new era, and things will be changing in the Ralph Lauren design family, but we’ll just have to wait and see what kind of change exactly.


WHAT’S TRENDY: If you’re an Apple Watch person who (like everyone, I think) prefers Google Maps to Apple’s standard Maps application, you will be happy to hear that Google Maps’ latest version updates to accessibility for the Watch.

While you have to enter any destination besides work or home via your phone, the directions show up on the watch screen once you get the navigation done. For work or home, you can access directions just through the watch. This is a recent update, so hopefully the capabilities will expand over the coming nights.


WHAT’S AFFORDABLE: The October Greek Festival is next weekend, beginning Thursday, Oct. 8, at 4 p.m. and closing out Sunday, Oct. 11, at 6 p.m. Admission is free, and it’s just about impossible to beat the food, desserts and drink for quality or affordability.

On top of that, your money goes to support Augusta’s historic Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in downtown Augusta. The church is at the corner of 10th and Telfair streets and is a truly beautiful structure.

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