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Demons smack SLU, 19-9, in seven innings -
“So did Beau (Snodgrass) and Lance (Lacoste).” Snodgrass finished 3-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored and Lacoste had a 3-for-5 game with two RBIs and a run scored. Also, third baseman Joe Urtuzuastegui went 2-for-4 with four RBIs and a run...
A Cinderella story: Paxon's baseball team reaches final four - Florida Times-Union
The Eagles displayed some dazzling defense, led by diving catches in the outfield by JR Cruess and Jordan Lacoste and stellar glove work by third baseman Mitch Johnson. "Every one on defense came through with some big plays," said Cruess,...
Heard gets record but Demons fall 7-5 -
The Lions added a run in the sixth and two in the seventh to go up 5-2 but in the eighth, third baseman Joe Urtuzuastegui led off with a double then scored on a grounder by designated hitter Lance Lacoste to cut the lead to 5-2....
Lacoste Release New Trainer Lines - RWD Online
Classic shoe brand Lacoste have released details of their latest lines including the stylish Stealth's and limited edition classic Croc Myths. For Autumn/Winter 2009 LACOSTE is looking back to the future for inspiration for its fashion-forward Stealth...
Lacoste slugs Demons to 8-7 win on Friday -
CORPUS CHRISTI – Northwestern State designated hitter Lance Lacoste drove in five runs, including a three-run, first inning home run, and Chad Sheppard picked up his ninth save of the season as the Demons defeated Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 8-7 in...
First Look: Zaha Hadid for Lacoste - Women's Wear Daily
by Jennifer Ernst Beaudry This July, Lacoste will finally release its new collaboration with London-based Zaha Hadid Architects — and FN has the first look at the ultra-limited-edition boots. Featuring a digitized version of Lacoste's famous croc logo...
Teenager kicked in the head until he lost consciousness - This Is Cheshire
He was between 5ft 11in and 6ft tall, toned, and wore a white Lacoste shirt and black tracksuit bottoms. He spoke with a Warrington accent. The second man was mixed race, aged 19 to 20, around 6ft tall and of proportionate build....
Tour de Floyd this Saturday (May 16) - Southwest Virginia Today
By Wanda Combs At the Town Council meeting last week, Paul Lacoste talked about this weekend's The Tour De Floyd, which will begin at 8:30 am on Saturday at the Floyd Fitness Center. Pre-registration ended last week and 63 riders had already signed up....
On or off the court, Lacoste style - The Weekender
Lacoste, famous for its little alligator, has been sporting clothing and accessories since the '30s. This casual, comfortable athletic style not only appears sporty but provides a traditional choice in apparel for both genders....
VanDoren stays unbeaten - Albany Democrat Herald
West Albany senior Anthony LaCoste overcame a nagging groin injury to win the boys high jump and qualify for today's finals in the 100 and 200 meters. LaCoste has not competed since injuring his leg in a race on May 1. Tuesday, his opening jump of...


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Lacoste is an apparel company founded in 1933 that sells high-end clothing, footwear, perfume, leather goods, watches, eyewear, and most famously, tennis shirts. The company can be recognized by its green crocodile logo.

The company is currently run by the Lacoste family. Lacoste is headquartered in Paris. Lacoste currently has its production capital in Troyes, France, though they delegate production of international clothing to numerous factories in over 12 countries around the world, including those found in Peru, Morocco, Indonesia, Romania and Italy. After a 2 year search in the Central American region, Lacoste established production for its US customers in the Miramar Free Trade Zone in El Salvador. El Salvador operations will be managed by a new the local subsidiary Textil El Salvador (TRANS).

After he retired from tennis, René Lacoste founded La Chemise Lacoste in 1933 with André Gillier, the owner and President of the largest French knitwear manufacturing firm at the time. They began to produce the revolutionary tennis shirt Lacoste had designed and worn on the tennis courts with the crocodile logo embroidered on the chest. Although the company claims this as the first example of a brand name appearing on the outside of an article of clothing, the "Jantzen girl" logo appeared on the outside of Jantzen Knitting Mills' swimsuits as early as 1921. In addition to tennis shirts, Lacoste produced shirts for golf and sailing. In 1951, the company began to expand as it branched from "tennis white" and introduced color shirts. In 1952 the shirts were exported to the United States and advertised as "the status symbol of the competent sportsman", influencing the clothing choices of the upper-class.

In 1963, Bernard Lacoste took over the management of the company from his father René. Significant company growth was seen under Bernard's management. When he became president, around three hundred thousand Lacoste products were sold annually. The Lacoste brand reached its height of popularity in the US during the late 1970s and became the signature 1980's "preppy" wardrobe item, even getting mentioned in Lisa Birnbach's Official Preppy Handbook of 1980. The company also began to introduce other products into their line including shorts, perfume, optical and sunglasses, tennis shoes, deck shoes, walking shoes, watches, and various leather goods.

In the United States in the 1970s and 1980s, Izod and Lacoste were often used interchangeably because starting in the 1950s, Izod produced clothing known as Izod Lacoste under license for sale in the U.S. This partnership ended in 1993, when Lacoste regained exclusive U.S. rights to distribute shirts under its own brand. In 1977, Le Tigre Clothing was founded in an attempt to directly compete with Lacoste in the US market, selling a similar array of apparel, but featuring a tiger in place of the signature Lacoste crocodile.

More recently, Lacoste's popularity has surged due to French designer Christophe Lemaire’s work to create a more modern, upscale look. In 2005, almost fifty million Lacoste products sold in over one hundred and ten countries. Its visibility has increased due to the contracts between Lacoste and several young tennis players, including American tennis star Andy Roddick and French rising young prospect Richard Gasquet. Lacoste has also begun to increase its presence in the golf world, where noted 2 time Master champion, José María Olazábal and Scottish golfer Colin Montgomerie have been seen sporting Lacoste shirts in tournaments.

Bernard Lacoste became seriously ill in early 2005, which led him to transfer the presidency of Lacoste to his younger brother and closest collaborator for many years, Michel Lacoste. Bernard died in Paris on March 21, 2006.

As of 2006, Lacoste licenses its trademark to various companies. For example, Devanlay owns the exclusive worldwide clothing license, Pentland Brands has the exclusive worldwide license to produce Lacoste footwear, Procter & Gamble owns the exclusive worldwide license to produce fragrance, and Samsonite holds the worldwide license to produce Lacoste bags and small leather goods.

In June 2007, Lacoste introduced their very first e-commerce site for the US market.

In the early fifties René Lacoste teamed up with David Crystal, who at the time owned Izod, to produce Izod Lacoste clothing. In the 1970s and 1980s it was extremely popular with teenagers who called the shirts simply Izod. While the union was both profitable and popular, Izod Lacoste's parent company (David Crystal Co.) was saddled with debt from other business ventures. When attempts to separate Izod and Lacoste to create revenue did not alleviate the debt Crystal sold his half of Lacoste to a french company, and Izod was sold to UK/US shirtmaker Van Heusen.

However, starting in 2000, with the hiring of a new fashion designer, Christopher Lemaire, Lacoste began to take over control of its brand name and logo, reining in their branding arrangements. Now, Lacoste has once again returned to the elite status it held before a brand management crisis circa 1990.

Lacoste had a long standing dispute over the logo and clothing lines with Crocodile Garments. Crocodile uses a crocodile logo that faces left while Lacoste uses one that faces right. The two fought for the logo rights in China which was won by Crocodile in 2003. Crocodile in return agreed to change its logo to have a more vertical tail and more scales for its logo.

Lacoste operates a large number of Lacoste boutiques worldwide; located as concessions in leading department stores and also as independent venue stores. In the UK, Lacoste is available from many leading high-end shops including KJ Beckett and John Lewis Partnership. Likewise in the US, the Lacoste brand can be found in stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Lord & Taylor, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale's, Macy's,Belk and other independent retailers. In Canada, Lacoste is sold in Harry Rosen,its own boutiques, and other independent retailers. In Australia, Lacoste is sold in David Jones and Myer.

As of June 2007, Lacoste's online presence allows Americans to purchase clothing and have items shipped directly to their doors. The online store offers sizes and options not found in brick and mortar stores, along with a large sale section.

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Catherine Lacoste

Catherine Lacoste (born on June 27, 1945 in Paris, France) is a French golfer. She won the 1967 U.S. Women's Open as a 22 year old amateur, playing in just her third professional golf tournament. She was only the second non-American to win an LPGA major after Fay Crocker of Uruguay, and she remained the only Frenchwoman to do so until Patricia Meunier-Lebouc won the 2003 Kraft Nabisco Championship. To date, she remains the only amateur to win the Women's U.S. Open.

In 1969, Lacoste also won both the United States Women's Amateur Golf Championship and British Ladies Amateur Golf Championship. but she never turned professional. She is the daughter of French tennis player Rene Lacoste and golfer Simone de la Chaume, and sits on the board of Lacoste, the major fashion company that he founded. She has sporting genes on both sides, as her mother had preceded her as a winner of British Ladies Amateur Golf Championship in 1927.

Catherine Lacoste was a member of the French team that won the inaugural World Amateur Golf Team Championships in 1964. She was part of her country's team again in the 1966, 1968, 1970, 1974, 1976,and 1978 World Championships.

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Ris Lacoste

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Doris (Ris) Lacoste is one of the top chefs in Washington D.C.

Lacoste has been a fixture in the District's culinary world for nearly two decades. Following her studies at Anne Willan's famous La Varenne Ecole de Cuisine in Paris, Lacoste traveled back to her native New England. There she joined Chef Bob Kinkead at the Harvest Restaurant in Cambridge, MA - Harvard Square. After that, Lacoste assisted Kincead with opening 21 Federal in Nantucket and later in D.C. In 1992, they were named Restaurateurs of the Year by Washingtonian magazine. In 1993, Lacoste opened the renowned Kinkead's - An American Brasserie- which has become a D.C. dining institution.

In 1995, Lacoste went forward to become Executive Chef for Georgetown's landmark restaurant 1789. During her time as Executive Chef, she earned the title of "Chef of the Year" and 1789 received the honor of "Restaurant of the Year" by The Capital Restaurant & Hospitality Awards. 1789 was continuously recognized as one of the nation's finest restaurants while under the creative control of Lacoste. Her innovative, regional American cuisine earned her awards from The Washington Post and Wine Spectator magazine, as well as recognition by the James Beard Foundation. Her work brought an unprecedented level of acclaim to this restaurant. In 2002, a dinner she created in celebration of Julia Child's 90th birthday was filmed and became a top-rated documentary on Washington's premier public television outlet, WETA in the summer of 2004.

Lacoste left 1789 in the beginning of 2007 and has been working to open her own restaurant. She has publicly stated her desire to fashion the food and the atmosphere of her new restaurant around her personality, which she describes as warm and unpretentious. She has stated her intention to make the restaurant rustic, affordable, and full of heart.

Lacoste is also very active in the community, participating in annual fundraising efforts for the Ovarian Cancer Alliance, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and D.C. Central Kitchen, to name a few. She sits on the board of the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington and is a trustee for the non-profit organization Hospitality High School of Washington D.C. Lacoste is also a regular contributor to Fine Cooking magazine and Food Service Monthly.

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Lucien LaCoste

Lucien LaCoste 1908-1995 was a prominent physicist, metrologist. He was coinventor of the modern gravimeter, invented the zero-length spring, and vehicle-mounted gravimeters. He was also co-founder of a prominent company selling gravimetric instruments.

LaCoste discovered the zero-length spring in 1932 while performing an assignment in Arnold Romberg's undergraduate physics course. A zero-length spring is a spring supported in such a way that its exerted force is proportional to its length, rather than the distance it is compressed. That is, over at least part of its travel, it does not conform to Hooke's Law of spring compression.

The zero-length spring is extremely important to seismometers and gravimeters because it permits the design of vertical pendulums with (theoretically) infinite periods. In practice, periods of a thousand seconds are possible, a hundred-fold increase from other forms of pendulum.

Over a short period starting in 1932, the design of these instruments was revolutionized, obsoleting all previous designs.

During this period, LaCoste and his physics teacher Arnold Romberg invented the first modern seismographs and gravimeters, using steel and quartz (respectively) zero-length springs.

While a graduate student, LaCoste decided to go into business together with Romberg, selling advanced gravimeters to oil-exploration companies.

LaCoste's most famous invention is the ship, and aircraft-mounted gravimeter. These revolutionized exploration for minerals by allowing wide-ranging geological surveys. The chief problem that Lacoste defeated was to distinguish the accelerations of the vehicles from the accelerations due to gravity, and measure the minute changes in gravity. Since the accelerations from the vehicle typically are hundreds to thousands of times more forceful than the measured changes, this invention was considered impossible until LaCoste demonstrated it.

These inventions give no flavor for LaCoste's fun-loving, often puckish character. These anecdotes were related by one of his many friends, C.R. Dawson.

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Source : Wikipedia