Originally Posted by Steve Smith
The crocodilia are only about an inch long on mine so I couldn't clearly see whether the teeth are visible when the mouth is closed. Can't we just get along?
Sorry to nit-pick, just a pet peeve of mine.
Rene Lacoste's story is an interesting one - he is the inventor of the 'polo' shirt:
RenÃ© Lacoste, the entrepreneur
The veritable history of the "Crocodile" began in 1927. RenÃ© Lacoste liked to tell of how his nickname became a world famous emblem:
"The American press nicknamed me "the Crocodile" after a bet I made with the Captain of the French Davis Cup team. He had promised me a crocodile-skin suitcase if I won a match that was important for our team. The American public stuck to this nickname, which highlighted my tenacity on the tennis courts, never giving up my prey! So my friend Robert George drew me a crocodile which was embroidered on the blazer that I wore on the courts."
In 1927, RenÃ© Lacoste had a set of loose-knit, cotton shirts made for his own personal use. These comfortable shirts above all perfectly absorbed perspiration, in order, he said, to "better endure the heat on the American courts." These first shirts would quickly cause a sensation on the courts. The French Tennis Federation even found them to be a little indecent because of their figure-hugging shape!
The first Lacoste shirts were white (the colour used on tennis courts at that time), with short sleeves and ribbed collar and cuffs, in a fabric that would become emblematic of the brand; the "petit piquÃ©" jersey knit. By joining forces in 1933 with the great hosiery manufacturer AndrÃ© Gillier, RenÃ© Lacoste started the industrial production of the crocodile-logo polo shirt and gave birth to La Chemise Lacoste.