Two points: First, the primary difference between Lacoste polo's, which are made in Peru compared to those, which are made in France, is that the Lacoste logo is embroidered on the shirt in the French made polo's, whereas in the Peruvian counterparts the logo is a patch, which is sewn onto the shirt. Since, embroidering the logo onto the shirt is much more labor intensive and costly, the French made shirts are of better quality than those made in Peru for that reason. The quality of the fabric, the MOP buttons, and the quality of the stitching is the same on either polo, regardless which side of the Atlantic it was manufactured. As well, the cut of the shirts tends to be the same or close enough to be distinguishable. Unfortunately, for my rational, for $70 a pop the logo should be embroidered and not simply a pre-fabricated, sewn-on patch. Thus, If you want a Lacoste with a embroidered logo, you have two choices: either purchase one manufactured in France or purchase one from the high-end Platinum Line, although these have a Platinum-colored logo instead of the typical green. Just to mention for comparison: RL Polo's are now made in Bolivia, and the quality of the cotton for the most part has increased, when compared to the previous offerings manufactured in different parts of Asia. Secondly, Lacoste does in fact manufacture at least two different qualities for their regular line, depending where they are manufactured. For the sake of argument I will call the Lacoste's destined for the U.S. and Europe Tier 1, whereas the lesser quality, South American manufactured (Brazil, Argentina, etc...) I will call Tier 2. Thus, in the U.S. and Europe, stores, whether Lacoste factory stores, or other retailers that carry Lacoste, only Tier 1 products are available. But, in places like Argentina (where I noted this) they carry mostly Tier 2 items, manufactured by local companies for local consumption, but as well carry Tier 1 items for both consumption by well-to-do locals and tourists from abroad. The prices in all three continental locals express the difference in quality as well. In the U.S. and Europe the prices for a basic Lacoste polo shirt are set at about $70 (maybe with the Dollar / Euro exchange, the European prices fare a bit better these days). Whereas in Argentina for example, you have a basic Tier 2 Lacoste polo going for around 90 Pesos which is roughly the equivalent of $30, and a Tier 1 polo going for about 180 Pesos or about $60. Jon.