Lacoste has named Louise Trotter as their new creative director. Her appointment marks the first time a woman has sat at the creative helm of the French sportswear brand, which is celebrating its 85th anniversary this year.
She succeeds Felipe Oliveira Baptista, who exited the brand in May after an eight year tenure, leaving an in-house team to design the brand’s Spring/Summer 2019 collection. Trotter’s debut collection for the house will be Autumn/Winter 2019.
“Her visionary approach on lines and materials, as well as her expertise in creating highly technical pieces will be real assets to strengthen the positioning of our collections,” Thierry Guibert, president of the Lacoste Group, said in a statement.
Sunderland-born Trotter was formerly creative director of British label Joseph.
“For 85 years, the modernity of Lacoste style lies in this singular fusion of sport and fashion,” Trotter said. “I am proud to contribute to the writing of a new chapter in its history.”
British footwear manufacturer Pentland has announced the appointment of Marc Hare as the new product director of the Lacoste Footwear Joint Venture. In January 2018, Pentland and The Lacoste Group announced a 50:50 joint venture (JV) based at the Pentland HQ in North London. The JV manages the design, production and manufacturing of Lacoste’s footwear globally. Pentland continues to manage UK distribution, while Lacoste handles distribution in its main territories.
Hare joins the business after having run his own successful streetwear inspired sneaker brand, Mr.Hare, since 2008. Hare will be leading the new ‘Mainline’ and ‘Future Concepts’ product teams and working with Lacoste JV CEO, Gianni Georgiades, to support Lacoste’s vision for the future of the brand.
Speaking about the Lacoste brand, Hare noted that, “Rene Lacoste’s life is one of the greatest stories of 20th century sport. Lacoste is one of those brands that everybody fell in love with at a defining moment in their lives. Sneakers are a global language and culture that seemingly cannot be contained. Opportunities like this don’t come around very often, so any attempt at describing the excitement erupting from within me, at joining this team, would be a woeful understatement.”
He will join the business from 10th September 2018.
Lacoste Live Studio has teamed up with Agi & Sam, the new mavens of menswear, for a capsule collection that’s made for a contemporary lifestyle. Inspired as much by Russian modernism as the Lacoste sporting DNA, these highly adaptable pieces shift easily from office to evening without breaking stride. Stylish with a good sense of humour, these are clothes for those that aren’t afraid to turn heads. See more at http://www.lacoste.com/gb/lemagazine-editors-agi-and-sam.html
French designer Jean-Paul Goude unveiled a new unique Lacoste crocodile logo for his collaboration with Lacoste. “It was an invitation, a real carte blanche. It was Jean-Paul Goude who was to express his vision, to make decisions, [and] give his interpretation of the crocodile,” wrote creative director Felipe Oliveira Baptista on Instagram, about the collection and logo.
A story in the Star entitled Jonathan Adler: Lacoste fan and designer, features an interview with Jonathan Adler about his new line for Lacoste.
JONATHAN Adler is all huge smiles and sparkling eyes as he strolls in for our interview. The American home furnishings and interior designer is undeniably preppy and boyishly handsome in a Lacoste polo shirt, upturned jeans and sneakers.
Despite a long flight from the United States and a whirlwind few days of events and interviews in Tokyo, Japan, Adler is warm and friendly, even asking enthusiastically about Malaysia. Really, he is a walking poster boy for his own design aesthetic, a vivacious, contemporary yet timeless style he dubs “happy chic”, that incorporates vibrant colours, funky motifs and a decidedly quirky sensibility.
The interview is full of details about Adler’s new collection, and his enthusiasm for Lacoste.