All these are worth less than a popular messaging app.

27 Major Companies That Are Worth Less Than WhatsApp

Just how big of a deal is the $19 billion WhatsApp is getting from Facebook in the acquisition announced yesterday? It’s a pretty freaking big deal — especially when you consider that there are a whole lot of major companies –including many that produce physical goods you can reach out and touch — that have been around longer than WhatsApp and are worth a lot less. [More]

Court Says U.S. Polo's Logo Tramples Ralph Lauren Trademark

Court Says U.S. Polo's Logo Tramples Ralph Lauren Trademark

According to a ruling by a federal judge, Ralph Lauren Polo has more of a right to an image of a man playing polo than the organization that represents the sport. [More]

JC Penney Destroys Unsold Clothing On Orders From Ralph Lauren

JC Penney Destroys Unsold Clothing On Orders From Ralph Lauren

H&M went through public shaming when they were caught shredding and throwing away brand-new merchandise instead of donating it to charity. Now a JC Penney store in Pennsylvania has reportedly done the same thing. Company representatives admitted to the Pittsburgh TV station that exposed the destruction of merchandise that this is official company practice, but only for items from the Penney’s-exclusive Ralph Lauren Living line. [More]

Photoshopped Model Says Ralph Lauren Fired Her Because She Was Overweight

Photoshopped Model Says Ralph Lauren Fired Her Because She Was Overweight

The Daily News says that photoshopped bobblehead model Filippa Hamilton says she was fired from Ralph Lauren because she was overweight at 5′ 10″ and 120 lbs.

Ralph Lauren Is As Weirded Out By This Ad As We Are

Ralph Lauren Is As Weirded Out By This Ad As We Are

Fashion advertising has a long tradition of lying, but this comically stupid Ralph Lauren ad seems to have confused the human anatomy with a box of Pocky. Unfortunately, Ralph Lauren doesn’t want to be mocked for its own advertising, so it started sending out DMCA takedown notices to blogs who have posted the ad—both Boingboing and Photoshop Disasters have been ratted out to their ISPs. Blogspot took down the pic from Photoshop Disasters while it investigates, but Boingboing has posted it a second time.

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    Not a Good Look, Ralph

    Not a Good Look, Ralph

    While he was “paging through the racist, misogynist, elitist, blubbery white businessman’s Bible–Golf Digest,” Mark Duffy, “happened upon this ad for Polo golfwear. Nice look, Chip.”