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Here at Racked we're dedicating this week to the kind of fantastical shopping that most of us only get to experience in dreams (or at 80%-off sample sales, which are generally somewhat less than posh.) Taking a page from casino parlance, we'll be talking a lot about "whales," those big spenders who feel perfectly comfortable dropping tens of thousands of dollars every night on roulette, or, in our case, on Cartier. Welcome to Whale Week 2013.
Photo: Durston Saylor for Architectural Digest, November 2004
Back in 2004 Ralph Lauren opened his Bedford, New York, country home to the good people at Architectural Digest. Happily, the photographs of Lauren's Old World-meets-Westchester paradise live on on the internet.
As the 17,000-square-foot "combination hunting lodge and stately home" sits on more than 250 acres, you might call this wardrobe a rustic getaway within a rustic getaway. Lauren's manly boudoir is outfitted with mahogany cabinetry, green baize walls, and an antique leather-upholstered bench. We also noted several thousand dollars worth of leather riding boots and ponchos.
· Ralph Lauren's Bedford Beauty [AD]
· All Whale Week coverage [Racked]