LACOSTE TENNIS COLLECTION – DID YOU KNOW…
★ René Lacoste was a French tennis champion? Despite feeling constrained by the long-sleeved shirt worn by the players of the day. By cutting off the sleeves, and adding a cooler, lightweight petit piqué fabric, he invented the polo. His aim? Freedom of movement. His achievement? Elegance.
★ René Lacoste was president? He headed up the Fédération Française de Tennis as its President from 1940 to 1943. Always dressed impeccably in white trousers, blazer and this elegant knit polo, he defined athleisure style ahead of its time. Elegance à la française. Did you know?
★ René Lacoste registered a total of 26 patents over his lifetime? “Inventor should be written on my business card," he said. “I’ve been inventing all my life.” Ingenuity and a quest for perfection are his lasting legacy at Lacoste.
★ René Lacoste invented the first tennis racket made of metal in 1961? Lighter than wood and highly aerodynamic, it helped players concentrate the force of each hit. Licensed by Wilson as the T2000, it was loved by the likes of Jimmy Connors, who won more than 100 matches with the racket.
★ What René invented next? The Equijet, a further evolution of the tennis racket. In 1991, French player Guy Forget confirmed its place in tennis history when he chose it for his winning Davis Cup match.
★ That it takes 1900 embroidery stitches to bring the iconic green crocodile to life on each Lacoste polo?