A love for the game, a passion for innovation and a certain French elegance. Since 1933, the story of Lacoste has mirrored that of its founder, René Lacoste, the French tennis legend who revolutionized the everyday wardrobe.
The birth of the crocodile
In the excitement of the Roaring Twenties, the young and talented tennis player René Lacoste is already making an impression with his elegant game, his sense of fair play and his originality, that ten years later, is to become a signature of the brand.
1923 – The first crocodile, the birth of a symbol
After a Davis Cup match in Boston, an American journalist baptizes René Lacoste “The Alligator” in reference to a bet between the tennis player and his coach over a crocodile suitcase. Artist Robert George brings the crocodile logo to life in 1927.
1927 – The love match: Simone, golf champion
Simone Thion de la Chaume, future wife of René Lacoste takes the British Girls Amateur Golf Championship in 1924, then goes on to become French champion an incredible thirteen times.
1928 – Courts and courses: the new playing fields
As a tribute to the four legendary Musketeers, including René Lacoste, the legendary stadium of Roland Garros is built near Paris. Lacoste becomes an official partner in 1971. At Saint-Jean-de-Luz, the Chantaco golf course sees the day through the initiative of Simone’s father, René Thion de la Chaume. A symbol of the Lacoste family’s elegance, it has hosted the Lacoste Ladies Open de France since 2012.
1933 – Lacoste becomes a stuff of legend
The polo revolution wins over the world, and not just the sport of the sport. With his first advertising campaign, René Lacoste officially launches the brand, enters the world of fashion and launches a legend.
1951 – Lacoste sees life in colour
Every season has its colours! In 1951 René Lacoste unveils monochromatic polos followed by striped polos. In 1958, a Lacoste children’s collection is launched.
1970s – International campaigns
Present internationally since the 1950s, Lacoste begins to create international advertising campaigns in the 1970s, celebrating the brand’s sporting heritage and elegant style à la française.
This was a brief travel trough time so that you could get to appreciate the the history of one of the most renown brands in the world. You may wonder what happens after the 70s? Well be sure to check the international Lacoste assembly in march 2021 to get to know the brand better.