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How to Spot a Fake Lacoste?

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How to Spot a Fake Lacoste?

I took some time to look at the differences in a real and fake Lacoste and some ways to tell if they are fake. I bought one from Holt Renfrew and one that I knew was fake off [rfdlink= ... ?linkid=78]eBay[/rfdlink]. But if you are just looking around, and you see someone wearing Lacoste, this is how to tell if it is fake.

-The buttons should never say Lacoste on them
-Crocodile stitched on the right breast of the shirt.
-Button should not have the crocodile on it.

-If the tag says "Designed in France, Made in Peru"
-On the inner tag, if it says Devanlay on the inside,
-Size will be a number, not a letter. (Ex. Size 4, not S)

-Avoid shirts made in Asian countries.

I will compare two shirts, the blue one is real and the white one is fake.


If you look at the blue shirts croc, it is a lighter green than the dark green on the white shirt. Also, the tongue of the croc on the blue one is longer and more detailed than the white. ... G_1316.jpg ... G_1314.jpg
Comparison between Crocodiles

The button on the white shirt says LACOSTE on it and the blue one doesn't. Also the blue one is made out of pearl while the white button is made out of plastic. ... G_1322.jpg ... G_1321.jpg
Comparison between Buttons

The tag on the blue shirt says Designed in France Made in Peru, the white one does not even have a tag to say that. All it has is one tag that says Lacoste with a fake croc on it. The blue one has 2 tags. ... G_1325.jpg ... G_1326.jpg
Comparison between Tags

Wash Tags
This is blatantly obvious, the tags look completely different. These are the tags that are on the inside of the shirt that say how to wash and the material the shirt is made out of. It is real if somewhere on the wash tag it says Devanlay. The blue one does, the white one does not. ... G_1330.jpg ... G_1332.jpg

Hope this helps! Don't be caught wearing a fake!
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Nice write up... very informative!
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Good stuff!

Haha the real wash tag is pretty funny:

100% coton
100% cotton
100% baumwolle
100% Katoen
100% cotone
100% algodao
100% algodon

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here is the best tip.

Buy them from stores you can trust to sell real lacoste. And if you wana get ripped off for clothing, buy from [rfdlink= ... ?linkid=78]ebay[/rfdlink], cause i can gurantee you its all fake. And if it's not fake in the pic, it'll be fake when they send it to you.
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Another give away which I have used several times to find fakes is the number of holes in the buttons. Real ones have two holes, a fake lacoste has the traditional four holes.

Nice article though!
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The ones in Canada are Made In Morrocco. I also have a long sleeve one I got from the Lacoste Boutique that has the size L and was made in Hungary.
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thanks for this post. I found it very insightful, i'll even bookmark it :)

would that mean the one you were selling in BST ISN'T authentic, by means of comparison of tags? (i.e. 1 and 2)
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time to go out and catch ppl with fake shirts :twisted:
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nice write up.
but do they have different variations in the same shirt? ie. produced in a different lacoste sweat shop or from prior seasons?
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respex too ktan09, now im gonna go shopping to buy a lactose shirt, :)
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I'm not a clothing expert, but why don't they make the fakes to look more like the real ones then?
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felix wrote:I'm not a clothing expert, but why don't they make the fakes to look more like the real ones then?
I was wondering about the same thing. I mean, they go through all the effort to make the fake, but stop short.
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they stop short probably probably because to take time to actually go achieve the same details would cost more money. is nothing more than a journey through the consequences of our actions...

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