Lacoste, Jean René

(1904-1996)
   French tennis legend René Lacoste revolutionized men's sportswear with a short-sleeved collared shirt in 1927 that featured a crocodile on the left breast. The company was run for more than four decades by René's son, Bernard, who is credited with building the company into a global sports brand. In 2005, the year Bernard retired, forty-eight million Lacoste-branded articles were sold. Leadership was passed to his younger brother, Michael. In 1933, Lacoste created a business selling the shirts called La Société Chemise Lacoste. In 1951, David Crystal Inc. imported them from France to sell under the Izod label. In 1993, the Izod affiliation ended and Lacoste reentered the U.S. market on its own in 1996. In 2003, the France-based company gave exclusive rights to Idea Workshop, an apparel marketing firm, to bring Lacoste Sportswear to the U.S market. Paris designer Christophe Lemarire succeeded Gilles Rossier as creative director at Lacoste and presented his first runway show in 2003. Lacoste operates more than forty boutiques and outlets in the United States, with expansion plans in the works. The far-reaching collection consists of luxury sportswear for men, women, and children, as well as footwear, fragrances, and a $100 limited-edition polo shirt with a silver alligator especially for Barneys New York.
   See also Lacoste shirt.

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  • Lacoste, (Jean-) René — born July 2, 1904, Paris, France died Oct. 12, 1996, Saint Jean de Luz French tennis player and sportswear entrepreneur. He was noted for a methodical game in which he tried to outlast his opponents. He won the Wimbledon (1925, 1928) and French… …   Universalium

  • Lacoste, (Jean-) René — (2 jul. 1904, París, Francia–12 oct. 1996, Saint Jean de Luz). Tenista y empresario de ropa deportiva francés. Se destacó por un juego metódico, con el cual procuraba agotar al rival. Ganó Wimbledon (1925 y 1928) y el Campeonato de Francia (1925 …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Jean René Lacoste — René Lacoste (rechts), zusammen mit Otto Froitzheim, 1929 bei einem Match in Berlin René Lacoste eigentlich Jean René Lacoste berühmt geworden als Le crocodile (* 2. Juli 1904 in Paris, Frankreich; † 12. Oktober …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Rene Lacoste — René Lacoste (rechts), zusammen mit Otto Froitzheim, 1929 bei einem Match in Berlin René Lacoste eigentlich Jean René Lacoste berühmt geworden als Le crocodile (* 2. Juli 1904 in Paris, Frankreich; † 12. Oktober 1996 in Saint Jean …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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  • René — ► sustantivo femenino ANATOMÍA Riñón, glándula secretoria de la orina. * * * rene (del lat. «ren, renis») f. *Riñón. * * * rene. (Del lat. ren, renis). f. riñón. * * * (as used in expressions) Chateaubriand, (François Auguste) René, vizconde de… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • jean — jeaned, adj. /jeen/ or, for 1, Brit. formerly /jayn/, n. 1. Sometimes, jeans. a sturdy twilled fabric, usually of cotton. 2. jeans, (used with a pl. v.) a. See blue jeans. b. pants of various fabrics, styled or constructed like blue jeans. Cf.… …   Universalium

  • Jean — Fr. /zhahonn/ for 1, 2; /jeen/ for 3, n. 1. born 1921, Grand Duke of Luxembourg since 1964. 2. a male given name, form of John. 3. a female given name. * * * (as used in expressions) Jean François Gravelet Jean Boulogne Jean Baptiste Poquelin… …   Universalium

  • jean — altjean o yin/alt (voz inglesa) ► masculino Pantalón de tela muy resistente, generlamente de color, con costuras vistas. También jeans o yins para referirse a una sola prenda. * * * (as used in expressions) Agassiz, (Jean) Louis (Rodolphe)… …   Enciclopedia Universal

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