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THINK PINK: The fight against cancer is something Ralph Lauren and his team at Polo are very passionate about, and on Wednesday, that sentiment was underscored at a breakfast hosted by David Lauren to highlight the company’s nine-year-old Pink Pony program. Held at the company’s 650 Madison Avenue offices, the press breakfast served to unveil new Pink Pony looks for fall, which include a quilted down vest with the logo, a nylon running jacket, black sunglasses and water bottles. Lauren recalled how the former fashion editor of The Washington Post, the late Nina Hyde, inspired Lauren’s commitment to fight the disease, and he spearheaded the launch of the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s “Fashion Targets Breast Cancer” initiative. “We didn’t feel that was enough, so we started Pink Pony,” Lauren said.
His remarks were followed by a few words from Dr. Harold Freeman, the president and founder of the Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention, which is devoted to helping underserved communities in Harlem. “Poverty should not cause you to die,” Freeman told the editors. “People should not die of cancer because they are poor.”