Lacoste x National Geographic: Lacoste Collaborates with National Geographic On New Line Of Eco-Friendly Clothing

Lacoste X National Geographic Logo Update: The collection has now dropped, and is available at the Lacoste Store.

Update: Lifestyle Asia notes that “this collection has been made with all recycled and sustainable materials. The polyester of the bags is recycled and the organic cotton and rubber used in the polos and footwear have been certified sustainable.”

Continuing in a series of collaborations released this year, Lacoste is now collaborating on a new Econ-friendly line with National Geographic.  GQ UK reports:

“it’s the National Geographic Photo Ark project which forms the central aesthetic lynchpin for this new collection. Led by award-winning photographer and National Geographic Fellow Joel Sartore, the project aims to photograph every single living creature in the world’s zoos, aquariums and nature reserves.

Focusing on four of the key animals in Sartore’s 10,500-species-strong archive – the Grévy’s Zebra (Equus grevyi), the Green and Black Poison Dart Frog (Dendrobates auratus), the Halloween Pennant Dragonfly (Celithemis eponina) and the Jaguar (Panthera onca) – the collection is a high colour celebration of, in the words of Lacoste “the diversity and splendour of the animal kingdom.”

The resulting clothes are an energetic antidote to the all-too-grey flatness of this second lockdown. There’s a puffy electric cobalt parka finished with the splattered markings of the frog, there are scarlet T-shirts with crocodile scales and there’s a series of classic Lacoste polo shirts (the garment with which the tennis-focused brand made its name) covered with exploded rosettes of the jaguar.

Highxtar enthuses about the collection:

Lacoste x National Geographic consists of a wide range of sweatshirts and polo shirts. Accessories such as sunglasses, sneakers, bags and even underwear. The classic T-shirts in red and navy blue are proposed with the logo of the crocodile printed on the various motives. The iconic polo comes in a striking all-over print of jaguar, zebra or frog. In addition, they’ve launched a set of reversible padded jackets as a nod to the animals’ ability to blend in. Each of these garments is reminiscent of National Geographic with subtle details in yellow.

More coverage can be found at Pause, at Fashion Network, at HypeBeast and at Footwear News. The collection is available in the Lacoste Store.

Lacoste’s Spring 2021 Ready To Wear Collection

Lacoste CrocodileLacoste premiered its Spring 2021 Ready To Wear Collection this week. It continues Lacoste’s recent emphasis on “street style” and re-casting designs from Lacoste’s long history. Overall, the coverage is positive, although as a commercial proposition it doesn’t really matter, since the collection will have a limited release. Here’s a quick round-up of the coverage.

Vogue, after noting Louise Trotter’s comments on the difficulty of working in a time of Covid-19, reports:

Most of the clothing has an athleisure aspect—a nod to the brand’s heritage on the tennis court and off it, the designer explains—and made from a combination of existing fabrics, vintage and archive pieces, and embroideries by the couture house Maison Lemarié. Vintage track jackets became trousers or were spliced together into chic trenches, the sort of hybridization that streetwear acolytes will be familiar with.

HypeBae focuses on the vintage feel of the collection:

For the Spring/Summer 2021 season, Lacoste‘s creative director Louise Trotter has unveiled a range of items made using deadstock designs from the brand’s archive. Showcased through a lookbook featuring street-cast models in the city of Paris, the SS21 collection fuses vintage pieces with new creations through upcycling.

Titled “#CrocCouture,” the new lineup marks the French label’s first attempt at marrying haute couture with sportswear.

Lastly, High Snobiety focuses on the re-working of the Crocodile logo:

Lacoste’s creative director Louise Trotter has reworked the label’s iconic crocodile logo across a range of exaggerated and abbreviated classics for the SS21 collection, limited to 200 pieces worldwide.

Code-named “Croc-couture,” Lacoste invited embroidery and feather specialists Lemarié to add some savoir-faire to the sporting apparel resulting in cream sweatshirts and oversized white piqué polo shirts embroidered with geometric crocodile appliqué made from vintage jacquard labels.

I’ll update this post as we see more coverage.

Lacoste Collaboration with Chinatown Market Announced

Updated 09/10/20

The collection is now live at the Lacoste Store! Also, at a few other select retailers like TrendyGolfUSA.com.

Lacoste has announced a new collaboration with Chinatown Market that will be available on September 7th for purchase. Booska-p.com notes that if you missed the 2018 Hypefest collaboration between the brands, now’s your chance:

Today, Lacoste and Chinatown Market are coming together again for a daring collection in which the crocodile logo is revisited in an XXL version on t-shirts and polo shirts . Perfectly part of the current trend, the line focuses on pastel colors and oversized looks. A black hoodie completes this capsule collection alongside retro short-sleeved shirts.

Here’s the Youtube video highlighting the collaboration:

HypeBeast has more coverage of what they call a “logo heavy” collection:

Since launching four years ago, Chinatown Market has become renowned globally for its nostalgic products, ranging from apparel and sneakers, to basketballs, rugs and collectibles.

Now teaming up with Lacoste, the pair have unveiled the famous crocodile logo in an oversized version on a T-shirt, as well as embroidered in different colours on sweatshirts and caps. The collection also includes two pastel-colored polo shirts and a jet-black hoodie, both of which also feature a co-branded iteration of the Lacoste logo.

Read more at HypeBeast.

More coverage from Fashion United UK who state that “A leader in the streetwear realm, Chinatown Market brings its unique and bold aesthetic to Lacoste’s sporty aesthetic,” and that “this new collaboration marks the first time Lacoste and Chinatown Market have designed a collection together.” Meanwhile, sister-site Fashion United India writes:

Straight from the West Coast of the United States, Chinatown Market arrives on September 7 to shake up Lacoste’s edgy style with a new collaboration. With its casual nostalgic touch, it will inject a dose of unique boldness and streetwear air to the crocodile brand’s most creative line.

More coverage from Apparel News, WWD, Gay Times UK and  Respect Mag:

Two years after a highly successful, initial limited-edition customization collaboration in 2018, Lacoste and Chinatown Market joined forces again to design a fresh collection featuring bold new colorways and reimagined crocodile logos that smartly juxtapose the classic style of Lacoste’s signature polos, t-shirts, hats and sweatshirts with Chinatown Market’s drama and whimsy. The vibrant unisex collection includes a fierce oversized painted crocodile on t-shirts; colorful embroidered crocodiles on sweatshirts and caps; and a globe motif on short-sleeve shirts to symbolize the soaring digital rise of Chinatown Market’s ironic creations.

Lacoste and Mastermind JAPAN Collaborate on “Underground Tennis” Collection

Mastermind JAPAN Lacoste Polo

Updated 09/24/20

The Japanese site Fashion Snap has more details on how much you will be paying for these items in Japan and where they will be available:

Available at Lacoste Shibuya store, Lacoste Grand Front Osaka store, Lacoste official online store, etc. … Sweat hoodie with black crocodile logo and crossbones motif (24,000 yen), polo shirt (18,000 yen), T-shirt (12,000 yen), shoes based on Lacoste’s classic model “Carnaby” ( 20,000 yen/all tax not included). Two colors, white and black, are prepared for each item.

Read more at Fashion Snap. Meanwhile, Esquire heralds Mastermind for making the polo cool again:

It has to be said: The piqué polo is no longer as cool as it was back in the 2000s. Right now, menswear is (still) all about oversize Cuban collar shirts, full-on long-sleeved shirts, and even simple tees. But, leave it up to a Japanese label to make a piqué acceptable.

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Lacoste and Mastermind JAPAN are collaborating on a new “Underground Tennis” collection.  According to HypeBeast:

Founded in 1997 by Masaaki Honma, mastermind JAPAN is known for its eye-catching designs and its instantly-recognisable skull logo. This collection offers a more monotone outlook from the Japanese brand however, and merges it with Lacoste’s penchant for sporty aesthetics.

 

Consisting of a hoodie, polo shirt, T-shirt and a pair of sneakers, the black and white shades throughout the collection results in a premium feel. Lacoste’s crocodile logo comes in a special black specification, while the Japanese brand’s crossbone motif appears on the back of each item.

The collection launches on August 21, and will be available in Lacoste Japan’s online store. Read more at HypeBeast.

Lacoste and Concepts Collaborate On A New Collection

Concepts Logo

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.

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