It’s no secret that Ralph Lauren is one of Kanye West’s idols. The outspoken rapper who made the phrase “It Ain’t Ralph Tho!” a thing was all smiles when he met Lauren backstage at New York Fashion Week.
New York Times magazine recently shadowed West during the fashion festivities and revealed what the two OGs had said to one another. “This is my son,” Ralph said to Kanye. “And I was thinking,” Kanye said, ‘I knew it! I knew Ralph was my daddy!'”
There’s more standout quotables from Yeezus where that came from. Scroll through them below and read the full NYT feature here.
On his fashion dreams as a child:
“I dreamed, since I was a little kid, of having my own store where I could curate every shoe, sweatshirt and color … I have sketches of it. I cried over the idea of having my own store.”
On being a “bad” famous person:
“I’m not a celebrity, I’m an activist … The fact that when I see truth it’s really hard for me to sit back and just allow it to happen in front of me on my clock makes me, a lot of times, a bad celebrity.”
On being a family man:
“I feel like now I have an amazing wife, a supersmart child and the opportunity to create in two major fields … Before I had those outlets, my ego was all I had.”
On a significant piece of furniture in his house:
“I have this table in my new house … They put this table in without asking. It was some weird nouveau riche marble table, and I hated it. But it was literally so heavy that it took a crane to move it. We would try to set up different things around it, but it never really worked … I realized that table was my ego. No matter what you put around it, under it, no matter who photographed it, the douchebaggery would always come through.”
On going into debt after funding his own collection:
“I gained because I had the privilege to be educated … I had enough of a value to be able to go into debt, and that was a blessing. Some people don’t even have the opportunity to be able to go into debt.”
On his style influences:
“I would like to be influenced as much as possible … I don’t care if you can see the influence in something, as long as I made it better.”
Photo Credit: New York Times/ Juergen Teller