I personally tend to prefer RL Polo's over Lacoste polo's for several reasons: 1) Fit Polo: Regular and Custom Fits Lacoste: Single Fit 2) Logo Polo: Embroidered on Lacoste: Stitched on patch 3) Collar Polo: Almost spread-collar shirt-like in construction and look, fits close to neck Lacoste: flatter looking collar with gap between neck and collar 4) Color Availability Polo: 100 plus colors and custom color / pony design available Lacoste: Standardized colors, less than 50 available At the same time Lacoste wins over Polo with MOP buttons and finer knit material. But, the material is a trade off; since it is delicate it should be air-dried instead of just tossing it into the drying machine, as one would do with RL Polo's. And I personally can do without MOP buttons on my sport polo shirts. Jon. Edit: The RL Polo's of yesteryears use to fade after multiple washes, but as of late they have held their color quite well, especially darker colors like black and blue, which tend to fade more oft than not.