Lacoste has named Venus Williams their new Global Brand Ambassador. From the press release:
Bold, committed, entrepreneurial, passionate about fashion and founder of lifestyle brand EleVen, tennis champion Venus Williams embodies all the ambitions of the new fashion-sport silhouette created by Louise Trotter. This wardrobe, imbued with the brand’s strong fashion DNA, is part of a desire to respond to new lifestyles – creating versatile clothing to cater to women’s contemporary lives.
“Lacoste celebrates its new silhouette, at the crossroads of fashion and sport. It blends technical materials, key details, and bright colours. This look draws its inspiration from the roots of our history: on-point pieces inspired by the movement of the body, just as René Lacoste intended.”
– Louise Trotter, Lacoste artistic director
British Vogue photographed Venus Williams, the first woman to enliven this fashion- sport vision, in Jupiter, Florida, which she calls home.
«I am a long-time fan of Lacoste and have always been inspired by the brand’s innovative style, beyond its tennis roots. Louise Trotter is such a visionary and the work she has done as creative director of the House is forward-thinking, inspired and constantly evolving. I am thrilled to be working alongside her as the face of Lacoste’s new silhouette.”
– Venus Williams
The seven-time Grand slam champion and entrepreneur is arguably one of the most accomplished and inspiring women in the history of sports. A trailblazer throughout her career, Williams has worked tirelessly to help the sport evolve by championing the fight for equal pay and serving as a steadfast advocate for equality. Perfectly aligned with Lacoste’s brand values, Williams will support the endeavors of the Lacoste Foundation, which has been working internationally to promote equal opportunities since 2006.
In conjunction with the announcement, British Vogue did a photo shoot and interview. As might be expected, there was a huge amount of press coverage:
- Fashion United – “The tennis star will be the face of Lacoste’s new fashion-sport silhouette, launching with a unisex collection featuring trench coats, bras, dresses, shirts, and accessories.”
- Tennis Now – “Welcome to the #TeamLacoste, Venuswilliams! As one of the greatest athletes in the world, Venus embodies off the court all the ambitions of the new fashion-sport silhouette created by Louise Trotter.”
- Tennis.com – “The luxury sportswear brand tapped into its strong tennis roots with the appointment of Venus as global ambassador”
As they say in Dodgeball, “It’s a bold move .., Let’s see if it pays off.”
Lacoste has released a clothing line in collaboration with Uncle Paulie’s Deli in Los Angeles. The collection will only be available in Lacoste’s Melrose Place store at 8481 Melrose Place. Here’s how Lacoste describes the collection:
Born in Queens, Paul James and fellow New Yorker Jon Buscemi bought the iconic Italian-American New York deli experience to Los Angeles, opening the first Uncle Paulie’s Deli location in 2017. Lacoste partnered with the eatery for a special collection of clothes and accessories, which launched exclusively at the Melrose Place Experiential Pop-up.
Read more at Lacoste’s 40 Love.
Lacoste and four other fashion companies have partnered with the Ellen McArthur Foundation in support of their fashion initiatives:
The Foundation’s work on Fashion started back in 2017 and brought together leaders from across the fashion industry to work with cities, philanthropists, NGOs, and innovators to create a circular economy for clothes. Make Fashion Circular now enters its fourth year, and has made strides in redesigning the fashion industry, including establishing its vision and demonstrating that creating clothes for a circular economy is possible today through projects like The Jeans Redesign – where some of the biggest names in fashion have, to date, put more than half a million pairs of circular jeans on the market.
The Foundation and its fashion Partners, including strategic partner H&M Group, will be working to drive momentum towards the Make Fashion Circular vision where clothes, products (apparel, footwear, accessories) are used more, made to be made again, and made from safe and recycled or renewable inputs. As Partners of the world’s leading circular economy network, their collaborative efforts will be key to drive systemic change and scale solutions globally.
Read the full press release on the Foundation website.
HypeBae has a interview with Louise Trotter in which she discusses her new Fall/Winter Collection for Lacoste. In the interview, she discusses what was the inspiration behind the new collection:
On a very basic level, I wanted to create a collection that took into consideration how we live our lives today, with blurred lines between work, home and sport, and how this has impacted our need for clothes that can perform in the everyday. Before I used to take taxis or ride the Metro, but now I walk and cycle daily and this has changed how I dress and how I feel. At the same time, I have been drawn to different people I would see and connect with: skaters, cyclists, and couriers; so movement plays a big part of the inspiration. I worked with two references: our French preppy style – the classic icons that I love; and sportswear that represents the active lifestyle that we live today. Proportion was also a key consideration, I design and develop the collection with a genderless mindset and I respond to how proportions change depending on the wearer. Finally, I continued the philosophy from SS21 by bringing deadstock and left-over fabrics in limited-edition pieces.
She also discusses the genesis of the new “Super Croc” emblem:
One of our designers found the giant crocodile claw in the archive and it all began from there. “The Super Croc,” “The flaming L emblem,” “The flaming tennis ball,” and the “Lacoste POW” were all inspired by vintage comic strips and expressed perfectly how the crocodile has become a pop culture icon.
Read the full interview at HypeBae.
According to Tennis Now, the French tennis pro Fiona Ferro has signed an endorsement deal with Lacoste:
“Lacoste was my first partner and the first brand that believed in me when I was 10 years old,” Ferro said. “Today I am proud to be able to wear the crocodile on the world tour again. It’s a brand that suits me perfectly: I’m combative on the courts, I like to take risks and it’s this boldness and tenacity that can sometimes make the difference during a match.”
Ferro is currently ranked #43 in the world. Read more at Tennis Now.