How To Identify A Fake Lacoste

Lacoste Patch ComparisonBuying a Lacoste shirt on EBay or Alibaba can be a crap-shoot. By some estimates, 90% of the Lacoste items sold on EBay and other auction sites are fakes. So, here’s a quick guide to telling whether the Lacoste shirt you are about to buy is real or not:

1) Check the logo – most fakes have bad logos

2) Check the sizing – Lacoste uses numbers for sizing, not small, medium and large

3) Logo Alignment –  The Lacoste Logo lines up with the second button of their polo shirts. Not the bottom of the placket.

For other tips, here are some videos and articles from the web on detecting fake Lacoste items:

http://www.moneybluebook.com/how-to-spot-a-fake-lacoste-polo-shirt-and-other-pirated-clothing/

http://how-to-know.info/how-to-know-a-fake-lacoste/

http://reviews.ebay.com/How-to-tell-if-your-Lacoste-is-Fake_W0QQugidZ10000000002999225

http://www.ehow.com/how_4723208_spot-fake-lacoste-shirt.html

Lacoste on Ebay

ebay logoIf you are looking for a convenient place to buy vintage Lacoste (or even new Lacoste) fashion, then Ebay is a good place to start.  Be warned, however, that there have been a lot of reports of fake Lacoste and Izod items being offered for sale there. While I’ve never personally experienced this, you should definitely communicate with the seller to make sure that you are getting genuine goods.  See my post on How to Identify a Fake Lacoste for some hints on ensuring that the item you are purchasing is real.

Anyway, with that warning, here’s where to find Lacoste fashion on Ebay, and here’s where to find Izod/Lacoste on Ebay.

Deciphering The Model Number on a Lacoste Price Tag

Lacoste pink poloIf you buy a legitimate Lacoste shirt, it’s price tage should have a model number, made up of 4 parts. For men’s shirts, the model number should begin with one of these codes:

L1212 – short sleeve pique
L1312 – long sleeve pique

For women’s shirts, the model number should begin with one of these codes:

PF168 or PF168E – short sleeve stretch pique
PF368E – classic long sleeve pique

The next part of the model number  is a two digit number representing where the shirt is manufactured. In the US, it should be 51, meaning the shirt was made in Peru.  There are different numbers for India and Europe.

The third part of the model number is a three digit  or letter code representing the cole. Some examples of colors are:

001 – white
031 – black
166 – navy
107 – yellow
240 – red
132 – green
476 – bordeaux
TO3 – flamingo
NSX – lawn green
TO1 – till blue
8LX – pearl
NXU – coastal blue
CBK – aegean blue

Lastly, there is a two digit code representing the size, as follows:

T3 – XS
T4 – S
T5 – M
T6 – L
T7 – XL
T8 – XXL

Thus, a Men’s short sleeve pique yellow Peru made shirt in size small should read: L1212 51 107 T4