Lacoste and Concepts Collaborate On A New Collection

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Updated: 08/14/2020

The Lacoste X Concepts collection has officially launched on the Lacoste store:

A textile capsule collection made up of iconic pieces completes the collection. Hoodies, T-shirts, swim-shorts, baseball caps and outerwear shine light on the meeting of American streetwear and French elegance. Reflective materials, pastel tones and iridescent co-branding give this collection a stylized language that makes all the difference. Designed for those in the know.

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Lacoste and Concepts have announced the release of a new, collaborative collection. Concepts posted the following announcement on their blog:

We’re kicking off our first collaboration with Lacoste – the marriage of two distinct brands with connected histories and a shared value for commitment, expertise, and excellence. The collaboration is rooted in our shared connection to the city of Boston – in August 1923, a journalist writing for the Boston Evening Transcript first nicknamed Rene Lacoste “the Alligator,” ultimately inspiring the brand’s iconic logo. 1996 is also a unique year for both brands – September of that year marks the opening of our store in Cambridge MA and it was also the year Lacoste launched their first running shoe, the Velocity.

In addition to the Storm ’96 sneaker (our take on a re-imagined Velocity sneaker) and summer slides, our inaugural collaboration with Lacoste features a range of apparel driven by our streetwear identity and Lacoste’s French fashion savoir-faire. We pulled inspiration from New England summer destinations like Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard, resulting in colors like igloo green, sand, praisun, and tanzanite blue, as well as reflective hits that capture the essence of the sun’s reflection during nightfall. Consisting of apparel classics like hoodies, t-shirts, swimming shorts, a windbreaker and tracksuits, they are all elevated with modern 3M iridescent treatments for a streetwear edge.

Available at Concepts, online and in all stores, as well as lacoste.com on August 14th at 10 AM EST.

License Global‘s story emphasizes the shared Boston roots of the companies:

Inspired by the companies’ shared Bostonian roots, the collection is comprised of t-shirts, polo shirts, swim shorts, hoodies, windbreakers, a track suit, slide and caps. The collection includes dual branding and the color palette is inspired by Martha’s Vineyard and Cape Cod with items reflecting the sunsets known at those summer destinations.

Sole Collector’s story focuses on the re-launch of the Velocity sneaker:

The Storm 96 is a remake of the Velocity sneaker, first introduced in 1996 as Lacoste’s debut running shoe. Keeping the nineties retro vibe in the form of a chunky white heel, the collaborative Storm 96 features beige, white, and grey leather panel details with a contrasting black panel featuring the iridescent Lacoste x Concepts logo. Hits of red appear on the outsole and interior. To celebrate the pairing of brands, the tongue tags carry the unique Lacoste x Concepts branding.

You can read more of the coverage of the launch at High Snobiety, License Global, and Sole Collector.

More coverage from Complex UK and UK GQ who note how hard it will be to get a pair of the Storm 96 sneakers:

Available from 14 August at lacoste.com, don’t miss out on snapping these up. And you’re going to have to have your wits about you if you do want to cop a pair – not only will you need to enter a raffle to try and buy them, but they already have an ultra-rare status as both brands are only releasing 650 pairs worldwide.

The Lacoste Carnaby Evo Sneaker Is My New Favorite Shoe

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.

More Fake Lacoste Seized in South Africa

Carnaby EvoIn early November, authorities in South African Customs officials seized a large amount of fake Lacoste shoes. Here’s their statement on the issue:

SARS Customs officials intercepted suspected counterfeit clothing and shoes valued at approximately R10 722 364 in the Western Cape over the weekend. The incident happened during a special high-visibility operation at Rawsonville Weighbridge off the N1 – 20 km south of Worcester on Saturday. The operation saw traffic and Customs officials redirecting all trucks carrying goods from the N1 to the Weighbridge, in order to detect possible illicit goods and collect all revenue due. Customs officials decided to search a truck carrying two vessel containers, one 20ft, the other 40ft, en route to Johannesburg from Cape Town. After opening the 20ft container, officers discovered what seemed to be second-hand truck tyres and rims. They then opened the 40ft container where they found heavy machinery, heavy boxes of unbranded goods, rubber sheets etc. However, further inspections revealed boxes containing branded clothing and footwear hidden at the back of the container. There were a total of 86 boxes containing the following brands and quantities:

* 1500 pairs Lacoste Takkies

* 2200 pairs Nike Takkies

* 1936 Adidas T-shirts

* 96 pairs John Foster shoes

The goods were confiscated and detained for further investigation.

Editor’s Note: As always, the counterfeit Lacoste keeps coming, so before you buy make sure you check out my articles on detecting fake Lacoste shirts and detecting fake Lacoste bags, or my detailed discussion of how to authenticate Lacoste.

Back To The Future: Lacoste’s Revamp Of The Iconic M85 Sneaker

Lacoste M85 Sneaker The M85 was the first sneaker that Lacoste ever released way back in 1985. Now, they’re releasing a revamped version of it. As HighSnobiety notes:

As the ultimate purveyor of the polo shirt, Lacoste is often still considered much more at home in the country club than it is on the street. As such, its place in streetwear is often underestimated. Yet, the fact that the green crocodile is such a recognizable and respected logo 85 years after its conception by French tennis player René Lacoste and knitwear manufacturer André Gillier is a testament to the brand’s status. Its longstanding and continued relevance in the fashion industry has naturally spilled over into streetwear and made it a foundational pillar, especially in its native France.

Lacoste M85 Sneaker

Although apparel remains at Lacoste’s core, the brand actually has a rich and relatively untapped footwear archive that dates back further than you may think—all the way to 1985. At that time, Lacoste had established itself as a reputable performance tennis label but decided to venture into footwear as the early athletics and first wave of home fitness trends began across Europe and, especially, the States. Lacoste subsequently released a number of court-ready silhouettes that were unmistakably bolder and future-facing. One of these was the M85, which has become one of the French label’s most iconic models of that time. It’s also since served as inspiration for a number of other silhouettes that followed.

The shoe is available as of October 15th. For more details see HighSnobiety’s review.

Lacoste Releases New Carnaby Evo Sneaker

Carnaby EvoLacoste has released a new version of their Carnaby Evo Sneaker. According to Lacoste,

“The Carnaby Evo BL is an iconic on-court style crafted from premium leather, with contrast heel detailing and signature Lacoste design lines. Team with a crisp white shirt and jeans.”

 

It has the following specs:

  • Leather uppers
  • Rubber outsole with tennis-inspired tread
  • Mesh lining
  • Contrast color binding at heel tab
  • 83.5% Leather (Timbo ss) 16.5% Synthetic (PU)

Da Man magazine notes “With a heritage-inspired duotone colour palette and minimalist aesthetic, the Carnaby Evo pieces can lend a touch of sophistication to any outfit, whatever your mood or destination.”