Plastic Polo for Lacoste by Michael Young


Plastic Polo for Lacoste by Michael Young

Industrial designer Michael Young has launched Plastic Polo, a range of collectible polo shirts for fashion brand Lacoste.


The shirts feature an applied plastic crocodile-skin pattern, referencing Lacoste's crocodile logo.


Young, who was born in the UK but is now based in Hong Kong, is the product second designer appointed by Lacoste as part of its Holiday Collector's Series. Last year, Tom Dixon created two designs called Techno Polo and Eco Polo.


Below is a press release from Lacoste:



This unique collaboration with Michael Young is the second in the LACOSTE Holiday Collector’s Series, whereby the brand selects each year a designer outside the fashion world to ‘reinterpret’ its iconic polo shirt and to challenge its production methods and processes.


Michael Young has been amongst the most successful and influential designers of his generation. In 1992 his early ‘Woven’ steel works were acquired by Centre Pompidou and the Louvre. His ‘Mid Nineties’ collection of furnishings for E&Y in Tokyo was purchased by Die Neue Sammlung Museum Germany and the Design Museum London and was said to have created a new formal language in furniture design. In 1995 he created MY-022 Ltd design office in London, where he focused on projects such as the Eurolounge Sticklight and the Magis Dog House. Terence Conran selected Young in 1997 as his most inspiring British designer. Young is presently based in Hong Kong, where he has finished a new bicycle for Giant, barware for Schweppes Tonic and a line of jewelry for Georg Jensen.


Plastic has always been a favorite material of Young, and for LACOSTE he wanted to experiment with combining plastics and fabrics to create a fresh, futuristic polo that reflects the heritage of the brand. ‘Years ago I discovered these colourful gardening gloves in Japan that had a latex coating and started collecting them, but until now I never found any use for them,’ Young explains. ‘When I began working on the LACOSTE project, I knew I had found my chance to explore this technique.’ And thus the PLASTIC POLO was born.


Young has designed a polo with a crocodile skin pattern that literally swims up the front and around the back of the shirt. Instead of a standard silk-screen printing process, the heat-activated ink is applied directly to the piqué cotton and then is‘baked’ causing it to blister and become the thick, plastic fake croc skin itself. The PLASTIC POLO is available in seven colours for men and women and comes packaged in a re-sealable plastic tray that can find new life as a storage unit or serving plate. It will be available at LACOSTE flagships and corners from November.


Young has also designed a super limited edition called the PLASTIC POLO +, where the croc skin print is covered with a metallic leaf film and pressed with a hot iron, leaving a distressed, vintage feel to the skin. The PLASTIC POLO+ is available for men and women in a limited edition of 1000 each in two colour combinations: silver on black and gold on white. It comes packaged in a re-sealable metallic black plastic tray and will be available from October at multibrand shops such as Colette in Paris, Dover Street Market in London and Isetan in Tokyo.


Posted on Tuesday July 3rd 2007 at 2:02 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • abyssinian

    I’m diggin’ it!!!

  • ben

    hell yeah!!! this is cool!

  • I never thought sarcoma would become trendy.
    That’s… errr… cool!

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  • copycat ltd

    Plastic crocodile skin!!!!!
    better than Tom Dixon’s polo…..

  • Mr. LEE

    Great (^_^)

    But the techno polo is better

  • I will have it,now !!!

  • this is great Michael

  • marcela

    Please, how can i have one?

  • marz

    AWESOME!… just got a red one and i am thinking to get a blue one also. much better than last year’s collaboration i say

  • those were looking very nice how can avail one at a cheaper price

  • Yaf

    Polo is cool….but I’m writing cause the dude who first commented,”Abyssinia”….well I was just woundering if thats your real name? Cause someone very close to me has the same name legally and I never meet another……….just wounderin…peace.

  • Isabelle

    I got a pink one… It’s nice.

  • Freddy

    I would like to buy a plastic polo from Lacoste. Please, let me know where I can get it? It´s really great!

  • baba the great

    i would like to get one of those polos if they are avail. does anbody know where

  • shaveta

    smart pick from existing logo…..

  • glen

    i want to buy!!!

  • Phil Kalinda

    This is a great unique design that can only be effective wuth lacoste due to the species of the logo… a crocadile with such skin… its very good… will sell very well… does anybody know the price? if you do… please contact me ( i am a great fan of lacoste got the shoes, the shirts, the shorts, even the 3/4 trousers etc.. i love them..