How To Detect A Fake Women’s Lacoste Bag

There are a lot of fake Lacoste bags out there, so before you buy, here’s a simple step-by-step process for detecting whether the women’s Lacoste tote bag or purse you are buying is a genuine Lacoste or a cheap fake. For other tips on avoiding fake Lacoste products, see my page on detecting counterfeit Lacoste. For information on reporting fake Lacoste items, go to Lacoste’s brand protection page.

It’s important not to be fooled by superficial packaging features. Packaging is cheap, so the makers of fake Lacoste bags go to a lot of trouble to replicate Lacoste packaging while skimping on the more expensive manufacturing processes. For example, here’s a picture of a “replica” Lacoste bag currently for sale on the internet:

fake Lacoste tote bag

That packing and the labels look pretty authentic, don’t they? Therefore, you need to focus on other elements.

Where Did You Buy The Bag?

Start with where you are buying the bag. If you bought the bag from a street seller or from eBay, you can be almost certain that it’s a fake. Lacoste bags are only sold at Lacoste’s own stores or at certified retailers. You can determine if a store is an approved seller by checking it out on Lacoste’s website.

Street Vendor Bags

Is The Quality Of The Construction And Materials High?

Lacoste bags can be made of canvas, PVC or leather, but they all share one thing in common: their construction and materials are of high quality. A common fault of fake bags is inferior stitching. Genuine Lacoste bags have small, even, solid stitching. Uneven stitching or loose threads is an indication of a counterfeit bag. A good place to check the stitching is inside the bag, since the manufacturers of fakes often skimp on the non-visible stitching. If you see uneven stitching around the inside of the bag, or bunching of the lining around the rim, you can be pretty sure you have a counterfeit bag.

Genuine Lacoste bags will also have quality zippers, fastenings, and handle attachments that are neatly and securely sewn in. An example from a genuine Lacoste bag is shown below

Lacoste Bag Zipper

The zipper of a Genuine Lacoste bag will run right up to the edge of the bag opening. The zips of most replicas will stop short of the opening. The loop handle on a Lacoste tote bag is made with a garter material under the leather. This makes the strap less stiff and easy to bend. Most replicas will omit the garter center, so their handles are much stiffer and harder to bend.

Is The Lacoste Logo Correct?

All Lacoste bags have a genuine Lacoste logo that is either printed on the bag (canvas) or attached (leather and PVC). Genuine Lacoste logos are of high quality, with defined lines. Fakes also tend to have shapes that are not correct. An example of a genuine traditional logo on a leather bag is shown below

traditional Lacoste logo

Lacoste bags can also have monochrome logos. An example of a monochrome logo on a canvas bag is shown below

Gold Lacoste logo

Sometimes, as shown below, the monochrome logo matches the bag’s material.

Red Lacoste Logo

For other examples of legitimate Lacoste logos, see my page on the Lacoste Crocodile Logo.

Some bags have embossed logos. In general, a genuine embossed Lacoste log will be distinct, but shallowly embossed. See below for an example:

Genuine Lacoste embossed logo

Replica embossed logos tend to be deeper, as you can see below:

Fake embossed Lacoste logo

Check The Tag

An authentic Lacoste bag will come with a tag listing details about the bag including the materials, model and size.

Does The Bag Reflect Lacoste’s Design Sensibility?

If you browse through the Lacoste website, you will soon become familiar with Lacoste’s design sensibility. Lacoste tote bags are all narrower at the bottom than the top, and have large U shaped straps. The logo on the bags is usually at the top and centered. The leather bags don’t come in outrageous colors, and the purses also have very traditional designs. After you have looked at a few examples, you will have a good idea of whether Laooste would have designed the bag you are looking at buying. Here’s an example of a Genuine Lacoste bag:

Genuine Lacoste Tote Bag

I hope these tips are helpful, and that they will prevent you spending your hard-earned dollars on phony merchandise. Remember, the counterfeiters work hard to fool you, so don’t be taken in by superficial packaging touches, such as the ones shown on the fake bag pictured below:

Replica Lacoste Tote Bag

Other Resources

Lacoste Introduces New Men’s Fragrance Called “Match Point”

Updated 08/07/2020 – More details from the Moodie Davitt Report. The advertising campaign for Match Point “stars French actor Arnaud Valois, who appeared in the Cannes 2017 Prix du Jury-winning film ‘120 Beats per Minute.’ He is joined by French actress and former rhythmic gymnast Souheila Yacoub, who recently appeared in Gaspar Noé’s film ‘Climax’. The pair meet during a chance encounter in Paris and engage in a game of dance, movement and sensuality, eventually reaching a ‘match point’ at the culmination of the campaign film.”  Here’s the ad:

Lacoste has introduced a new men’s perfume the will be available in its Travel Retail locations.

Match Point Perfurme

According to Duty Free News International:

Lacoste has unveiled its new fragrance for me, Match Point, characterised by green notes and a woody base.

Supported by a campaign featuring actors Arnaud Valois and Souheila Yacoub, the new perfume comes in a glass bottle adopting all the codes of tennis that the brand holds dear.

The shape of the bottom evokes a tennis ball at match point, leaving its mark on the clay.

Both perfume and travel retail have become increasing important to Lacoste. Read more at DFNI.

Lacoste Launches The Roland – Garros Eyewear Collection

Lacoste Crocodile 1927Press Release from Lacoste:

Lacoste forges a partnership of excellence with the iconic Roland-Garros brand resulting in a new range of sunglass frames driven by the strong connection between the French legendary tennis tournament created in 1928 and the brand’s innate passion for this inspiring sport.

Lacoste has been a partner of Roland-Garros since 1971. Lacoste is now the exclusive apparel partner of Roland-Garros and presents each year a new apparel co-branded Roland-Garros collection including a lifestyle and performance pieces.

As Lacoste continues to embody authentic French elegance through its sophisticated designs and premium quality materials, this first exclusive co-branding gives voice to the House’s creative Heritage evoking the dynamic spirit of its founder Rene Lacoste, a tennis champion himself and an intuitive entrepreneur known for the invention of the croco-logoed polo shirts.

The collection includes a male and a unisex style crafted from injected plastic and detailed with a double logo featuring the classic Lacoste lettering and a dedicated Roland Garros script in addition to the RG initials on the temple tips.

Revisiting two of Lacoste’s best-selling shapes, the rectangular frame for men and the rounded universal shape are exclusively dressed in the Roland-Garros official colours as an homage to the world-renowned competition which every year brings the best-ranked players of the world to the red clays courts in Paris.

The male sunglasses are available in Black, Matte Black, Matte Green and Matte Blue, while the unisex frame comes in Black, Blue, Havana and Burgundy for £105

The Roland-Garros Eyewear Collection by Lacoste will be available In Stadia during the tournament taking place from September 21st to October 11th and Out Stadia through Lacoste monobrand stores and selected wholesale retailers.

The Lacoste Carnaby Evo Sneaker Is My New Favorite Shoe

Note: Worried that the Lacoste sneaker you bought is fake? Check out my post on detecting counterfeit Lacoste sneakers.

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.
Lacoste Carnaby Evo Shoe

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.