Lacoste Among The Companies Accused Of Using Slave Labor in China

Updated 03/05/2020 – More coverage:

New York Post – Lacoste Gloves Made in Chinese Internment  Camp, Rights Group Claims.

ABC News – Lacoste Gloves Made in Chinese Internment Camp.

Update – The New York Times in now reporting that Lacoste gloves were made with forced Uighur labor. You can read more in the Time’s story.

Lacoste is on of the eighty-three brands called out for using slave labor in their Chinese factories by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), a non-partisan think tank. The ASPI has released a study entitled “Uighurs For Sale” reporting “that it had significant evidence of the Chinese communist regime shipping ethnic Uyghurs out of their native Xinjiang, or East Turkestan, to factories nationwide, where they endured long hours, barely received pay, and did not appear to be able to move freely.” According to the Australian Think Tank’s report:

“The Chinese government has facilitated the mass transfer of Uyghur and other ethnic minority citizens from the far west region of Xinjiang to factories across the country,” … “Under conditions that strongly suggest forced labour, Uyghurs are working in factories that are in the supply chains of at least 83 well-known global brands in the technology, clothing and automotive sectors, including Apple, BMW, Gap, Huawei, Nike, Samsung, Sony and Volkswagen.”

You can find the original study at the ASPI site or read more at Breitbart.

Latest Lacoste News And Sales For February 28th, 2020

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Felipe Oliveira Baptista, who was formerly Lacoste’s head of design, debuted his first collection for Kenzo at Paris Fashion Week. According to reports it was received well, if not with a lot of enthusiasm. The Mainichi commented:

Though it was not a triumph, the Portuguese-born Oliveira Baptista — who had previously revived Lacoste — put out a solid and saleable collection of men’s and women’s designs that successfully pushed the house toward a focused and minimalist mood.

The review by the New York Times was similar. Read more at The Times or The Mainichi.

Latest Lacoste Sales

This week Lacoste are focusing their promotion efforts on their Heritage Collection, which they describe as “chic with a twist.”  You can see the pieces at the Lacoste Store.

Latest Lacoste News and Sales For February 21st, 2020

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Lacoste has introduced the new Paris Polo: “Fitted cut, concealed buttons, tonal crocodile and stretch pique stitching. This polo is the epitome of elegance.” The hidden buttons are interesting, but I’m not a big fan of having the Lacoste Logo the same color as the shirts. Anyway, check it out for yourself in the Lacoste Store.

Latest Lacoste News

Joelle Grünberg has left her position as CEO and President of Lacoste for North and Central America to become the head of Sperry footwear. Grunberg has been head of North America for Lacoste since 2015, and before that she served for two years as head of Lacoste France. You can read more details of the change in Footwear News.

 

Latest Lacoste News and Sales For February 14th

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Latest Lacoste Sales

Lacoste is offering customized clothing in their Valentine’s Day Gift Shop.  Check out all the red and pink items from polo shirts to dresses.

The latest Lacoste sale is forty percent off on luggage and bags. The sale includes free shipping on orders over $49. Remember, if you are not buying from Lacoste, check out my post on detecting counterfeit bags.

Latest Lacoste News

Lacoste has appointed Purple London to handle their UK press and VIP relations. See PR Week for details

Hypebeast has coverage of Lacoste’s Monochromarket line of sneakers made in partnership with Dover Market Street London. Read the article here.

Baseline covers the fashion scene at the Australian open, where “Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, wearing Lacoste, showed off a spirited dress, navy with light-blue and yellow panels”. Read more here.