Game, set, match: Introducing a new tennis collection from Lacoste

New in: Lacoste

Clean silhouettes expressed through technical fabrics, prints and finishing details and a contrasting graphic line create a fresh sporting look. Meanwhile, a mix of print and embroidery and a jacquard caviar collar infuse the pieces with a new dynamism. The result is high performance and thoroughly contemporary.

Sporting style to covet this season…

  

WOMEN

Pleats, please

French tennis gets flirty in an iconic tennis skirt. Created in a pleated ultra-dry material and with integrated shorts, it reveals the best of Lacoste’s performance-based style. Match with a sweatshirt printed with a fresh take on a heritage print to evoke Lacoste’s tennis DNA.

Made to mesh

You’ll cut a cool figure in this sleeveless polo shirt with mesh detailing and contrast piping. Made from Lacoste’s famous cotton petit piqué – lightweight and breathable – it’s perfect for pairing with the identical A-line skirt and logo-print slides. Or stand out by teaming it with pinstriped trousers and embellished suede sandals.

The trophy skirt

Whatever you do, don’t reserve this uniform-inspired skirt for tennis court days. The minimally detailed A-line style features a narrow waistband with a self-tie waist and plenty of preppiness. Stick to the clean-cut, sporty aesthetic and style yours with a polo shirt, or opt for a tucked-in silk blouse and loafers for instant lift.

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MEN

On the line

The strong line running along the collar and shoulders of this red polo reflects its bold character – a character that is further refined by a striped jacquard collar with caviar inserts, and the white crocodile logo outline. Add translucent sunglasses to play it cool.

French tennis legacy

Recalling the heyday of French tennis at the French Open and its long relationship with Lacoste, this heritage print gives a contemporary update to the classic sweatshirt. A white French Open logo on the bottom hem shares the memories with the white crocodile just above.

Technical Mastery

Every stitch of this set – a run-resistant, ultra-dry and lightweight jacket – breathes performance and style. These bold stripes are echoed in the colour blocks of the sporting jacket, which references Lacoste’s tennis heritage.

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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?

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