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Update: The collection has now dropped, and is available at the Lacoste Store.
Update: Lifestyle Asia notes that “this collection has been made with all recycled and sustainable materials. The polyester of the bags is recycled and the organic cotton and rubber used in the polos and footwear have been certified sustainable.”
“it’s the National Geographic Photo Ark project which forms the central aesthetic lynchpin for this new collection. Led by award-winning photographer and National Geographic Fellow Joel Sartore, the project aims to photograph every single living creature in the world’s zoos, aquariums and nature reserves.
Focusing on four of the key animals in Sartore’s 10,500-species-strong archive – the Grévy’s Zebra (Equus grevyi), the Green and Black Poison Dart Frog (Dendrobates auratus), the Halloween Pennant Dragonfly (Celithemis eponina) and the Jaguar (Panthera onca) – the collection is a high colour celebration of, in the words of Lacoste “the diversity and splendour of the animal kingdom.”
The resulting clothes are an energetic antidote to the all-too-grey flatness of this second lockdown. There’s a puffy electric cobalt parka finished with the splattered markings of the frog, there are scarlet T-shirts with crocodile scales and there’s a series of classic Lacoste polo shirts (the garment with which the tennis-focused brand made its name) covered with exploded rosettes of the jaguar.
Highxtar enthuses about the collection:
Lacoste x National Geographic consists of a wide range of sweatshirts and polo shirts. Accessories such as sunglasses, sneakers, bags and even underwear. The classic T-shirts in red and navy blue are proposed with the logo of the crocodile printed on the various motives. The iconic polo comes in a striking all-over print of jaguar, zebra or frog. In addition, they’ve launched a set of reversible padded jackets as a nod to the animals’ ability to blend in. Each of these garments is reminiscent of National Geographic with subtle details in yellow.