Women’s Wear Daily reports:
Lacoste has begun reopening its U.S. boutiques and outlet location by implementing a slew of new operational guidelines. Eight locations throughout Texas were the first to reopen May 8, followed by additional stores in Florida, North Carolina and Ohio on May 15. Others will reopen as local mandates allow.
Lacoste is also taking two major steps to reassure customers. First, “each store will follow a cleaning and disinfecting process prior to opening and also mid-day” using a professional cleaning service. Secondly, Lacoste will be offering real-time data to their customers:
Customers will be able to scan QR codes within the retail stores that will give them live updates on how many times and when the retail store was last professionally cleaned and sanitized, as well as the store’s current capacity so it does not exceed its threshold.
Read more at Women’s Wear Daily.
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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.
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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.
Retail Gazette reports that:
Last week the premium sportswear retailer unveiled a collaboration with the Save the Species charity, which saw its iconic crocodile logos replaced with selected endangered species as part of International Day for Biological Diversity.
All proceeds collected by the UK flagship store and eight other international stores will go towards the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) charity.
The collaboration offers 10 limited-edition polo shirts, representing the number of endangered animals known to remain in the wild.
To celebrate the collaboration, Lacoste transformed its Covent Garden store by replacing the crocodile with the Yemeni Mouse-Tailed Bat.
Read more at https://www.retailgazette.co.uk/blog/2019/05/retail-gazette-loves-lacoste-save-species-collab/.
Travel Retail continues to be a major part of Lacoste’s strategy with Asian airports being key sites. This week, Lacoste announced it has opened a 130 square meter store in the new Jewel Changi Shopping Complex at Singapore Changi Airport. The new airport shopping complex opened on April 17, 2019 and has 280 stores.
“We are thrilled to open this store at Jewel, Changi Airport, Singapore, which further enhances our presence in Asia,” commented Jan-Louis Delamarre, CEO Asia Pacific & Global Travel Retail.
You can read more about Jewel Changi at TR Business.
According to Fashion United UK, Lacoste has confirmed the appointment of Jamie Givens as their new Chief Executive for the UK and Ireland:
Givens, who joins Lacoste from Levi’s, where he has spent 8 years in various senior positions in sales and marketing, has been tasked with accelerating the growth of the UK and Ireland business, whilst further strengthening Lacoste premium casual wear positioning, said the brand in a statement.
Lacoste added that Givens brings with him a “solid brand development expertise across various markets and channels,” as he has previously held both regional and global responsibilities across wholesale, retail and marketing for brands including Dockers, where he was commercial director for the UK, Benelux and Scandinavia, Tigi and Dim.
As Fashion United notes, this appointment follows that of British designer, Louise Trotter as Lacoste’s Creative Director