Lacoste x Bleu Mode Recycled Capsule Collection
Since his childhood, photographer Julien Boudet (AKA Bleu Mode) has flexed the Croc, Lacoste sportswear, Nike’s Air Max Plus 3 and the occasional beret informing his uniform from the beginning until today. Even though he bought vintage pieces from various luxury brands, Boudet was drawn to Le Crocodile. Lacoste finally returns the favor by calling on Boudet for a collaborative collection rooted in the streetwear heritage of the clothing company.
“I’ve always been a Lacoste fan. I collect the pieces, I hunt them, I wear them,” Boudet said. “Twenty years ago, I dreamed of those Lacoste outfits that I saw in the windows of stores in Sète, my small hometown. At the time, they seemed inaccessible to me. I never thought I would have the chance to collaborate with Lacoste one day. . And even…”
Obsessed with Lacoste’s youth culture boom in the late 1980s, Boudet drew on Lacoste’s archives in Troyes to discover 10 timeless styles from the past. Windbreakers, sweaters, tracksuits, socks and, of course, polo shirts are all familiar to anyone familiar with Lacoste, but neither are they. There are cool patterns and charming old-fashioned color blocking pieces that sometimes interrupt the clean cream palette.
Each piece is a limited edition, numbered by hand by Boudet himself. To further soften the pot, all items have been made entirely from recycled materials, from the textiles to the thread used to sew the Crocs to the chest of each layering piece, giving old favorites a new twist.
All Boudet products will be launched on the Lacoste website on June 24, with an ephemeral two-day exhibition in Paris starting the next day.