Without elegance, playing and winning are not enough.

René Lacoste

A legendary brand

René Lacoste, a legendary tennis champion in the 1920s, embodied elegance in everything he did. As a visionary free thinker, he defied given rules to innovate, invent and reinvent throughout his life. One example is the creation of the very first short-sleeved polo shirt in breathable fabric that he designed to increase freedom of movement during play. This piece led to the founding of a brand capable of liberating fashion codes with elegance as its founding value.

The values that inspired René in his life are those that focus on others, fair play and generosity. This is the story of a daring player whose tenacity saw him nicknamed “the crocodile.” This symbol then became his logo – the very first to be displayed on clothing – and went on to gain worldwide recognition. This is the story of friendship and teamwork: a spirit of cooperation that continues today in the brand’s collaborations with leading artists and designers. Last but not least, this is the story of the women in his life: his wife Simone Thion de la Chaume and Suzanne Lenglen, his friend, winning women who were just as determined, free thinking and elegant as him.

The Lacoste style

Lacoste, a transgenerational brand

At the crossroads of sport and fashion, Lacoste librates and creates movement in each person’s life by encouraging self-expression. In each collection and every line, the timeless elegance of Lacoste is captured by a combination of creativity and tradition. A blend that enables everyone to develop their personal style by absorbing and reinterpreting the brand’s rich heritage. By making it their own.

The aura of the crocodile is reinforced with every generation that wears it, becoming a sign of unity that goes beyond style. Passed down from country to country and through the generations, from one friend to another, Lacoste clothing is steeped in emotional ties that promote it to icon status.

An inspiring brand that goes beyond differences

Whether the tennis sweater from the 1930s adopted by English casuals and American preppies in the 1980s, the famous polo shirt taken up by French rappers in the 1990s and Japanese ice skaters in 2020, or the pleated skirt worn by all women seeking freedom of movement, hundreds of style tribes across the world have made Lacoste clothing their own. A love for the crocodile made elegance an international icon and Lacoste a cult brand. The crocodile gives confidence to those who wear it, whatever the situation, and creates a sense of belonging that connects cultures.

In a world that often highlights things that separate us, the Lacoste elegance brings us together. It unites those who are looking for a different path through life. Both universal ad timeless, it crosses cultures, oceans and generations to leave its mark on each and every person. Elegance transcending differences. Universal, accessible to all. A creative, inventive elegance that allows you to play and to dare. And which inspires us to go beyond established norms to invent our own lives while remaining faithful to who we really are. Lacoste invites you to realise your dreams, but not on your own. Instead, by joining a wider community in which everyone respects and recognises each other’s elegance.

To each their own croc.

Key figures in 2019
  • 8,500

    employees
  • 32

    online stores
  • 1,100

    stores
  • 15,000

    sales outlets
  • 98

    countries

Our presence in the world

Paris, HQ San Juan Yokote Troyes Saint-André-les-Vergers Saint-Pierre-le-Moûtier Vaucouleurs

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EMEA

Americas

APAC

  • 4,654

    employees
  • 55%

    of total workforce
  • 379

    stores
  • 88

    online stores
  • 7,476

    sales outlets

EMEA

Americas

APAC

  • 1,840

    employees
  • 21%

    of total workforce
  • 198

    stores
  • 5

    online stores
  • 4,972

    sales outlets

EMEA

Americas

APAC

  • 2,006

    employees
  • 24%

    of total workforce
  • 504

    stores
  • 7

    online stores
  • 2,065

    sales outlets