Earlier in the year, we reported on Lacoste being accused of using forced Uighur labor in China to produce gloves. Now, according to Glossy, Lacoste has joined Adidas in pledging to removed all forced Uighur labor from their Chinese supply chain:
On June 27, Lacoste became the second brand, following Adidas, to “agree to cease all activity with suppliers and subcontractors” implicated in a recent report exposing forced Uighur labor. The campaign, which was started by EU Parliament member Raphaël Glucksmann, is directed at 83 companies named to be directly or indirectly benefiting from forced labor based on a March 2020 report by the Australian government-funded think tank, the Australia Strategic Policy Institute. An estimated 1 to 2 million Uighurs, a Turkic-speaking Muslim group based primarily in China’s Xinjiang province, have been subject to mass detention in Xinjiang. Recent reports have stated that Uighur women are being subjected to compulsory sterilizations, abortions and birth control, a practice which Uighur exile groups say falls under the UN definition of genocide.
Lacoste has used Youngor Textile Holdings as a supplier, and that company has been accused of using forced labor. Read more at Glossy.
British GQ has come out with a lengthy interview with Louise Trotter, Lacoste’s current creative director. In the introduction, they discuss her initial two collections:
Where Trotter’s first collection for Lacoste, AW19, set her pared-back, fashioned-up intention for the brand, it’s really her SS20 collection, mounted back in September and is in stores now, that proved her acute understanding of what the label, which has seemed unsure of its footing in recent years, should be in the 21st century.
From clever plays on Lacoste’s sporting heritage (think preppy knitted polo shirts with exaggerated collars and chunky cricket sweaters teamed with spearmint suiting) to modernised takes on classic Gallic pieces (slick wet-look trench coats and voluminous Bengal stripe shirts furnished with oversized crocodile motifs, for instance), there was plenty to snap up.
The interview is very enlightening on Trotter’s take on the Lacoste brand and her plans for the fashion label. Read more at British GQ.
Meanwhile, Trotter’s predecessor, Felipe Oliveira Baptista, has just released new sneakers in collaboration with VANs for the Kenzo brand he now heads. See Nylon.com for more.
The Lacoste Carnaby Evo Sneaker is my new favorite shoe. First released in the 1980s, and recently re-released, it is comfortable as hell, but also works well as a complement to any outfit from jeans and a t-shirt to a suit.
As Lacoste put’s it, its “elegant leather uppers and a simple lace-up silhouette inspire the premium aesthetic of this archive shoe. A stylish leather collar and top tongue further enhance the heritage look. Meanwhile, mesh linings add sport-inspired detailing to the design. Durable rubber outsoles ensure comfort and feature tennis-influenced tread finishes. Green crocodile branding completes the look with signature flair.”
The shoe has the following features:
- Leather uppers
- Rubber outsole
- Textile lining
- Classic embroidered green crocodile branding at the quarter
- Mesh linings for comfort and breathability
Available in either black or navy from Lacoste.
Lacoste is running an semi-annual sale that has thirty to sixty percent savings on selected items with free shipping. Check it out below: