Peter Saville interprets Lacoste's crocodile
logo for Holiday Collector polo shirts

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Peter Saville holiday collector polo shirts for Lacoste

French fashion brand Lacoste has enlisted graphic designer Peter Saville to reinterpret its famous crocodile logo for a range of polo shirts.

Peter Saville holiday collector polo shirts for Lacoste

Lacoste presented Peter Saville with a blank canvas to redesign its L.12.12 polo shirt for the Holiday Collector no.8 range.

Peter Saville holiday collector polo shirts for Lacoste

Saville chose to keep to the original colours of white polo and green logo, but abstracted the iconic crocodile to adorn the left breast of the shirts.

Peter Saville holiday collector polo shirts for Lacoste

He created a string of squiggly, spiky and minimal iterations of the reptile, to be used in place of the design that has featured on Lacoste's apparel since the company first launched tennis wear in 1933.

Peter Saville holiday collector polo shirts for Lacoste

The logo was kept to roughly the same size and shape, though some designs are more abstract than others. The shirts come in translucent green packaging to match the logo's colour.

Peter Saville holiday collector polo shirts for Lacoste

Tennis player René Lacoste, the brand's founder, was nicknamed The Crocodile after his Davis Cup team captain promised to buy him an alligator suitcase if he won an important match.

Peter Saville holiday collector polo shirts for Lacoste

Earlier this year Lacoste asked Saville to design a new logo for the brand's eightieth anniversary, which was used to adorn polo shirts, bags and other apparel.

Peter Saville holiday collector polo shirts for Lacoste

Saville won the London Design Medal earlier this year and working with Kanye West to design a new visual identity for the rapper. His prints were used on garments and footwear in the Spring Summer 2014 collection by Japanese label Y-3.

Peter Saville holiday collector polo shirts for Lacoste

This isn't the first designer collaboration for Lacoste, which previously teamed up with the Campana Brothers to create a range of clothes.

Peter Saville holiday collector polo shirts for Lacoste

  • Marcus

    Looks alternated with illustrator functions.

  • Tom

    I really like this as it shows the power of the Lacoste brand. If you saw any of the stylised polos from a distance you would still recognise it as the Lacoste Croc!

  • amsam

    I actually love them especially the one that looks like a pig. I wish I could afford one!

  • Brian

    Why? At best they look like a poorly made knockoff.

  • Mark Reddick

    Terry the taxi driver won’t be ‘appy this Christmas.

  • Amy Martino

    Lazy.