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post #1 of 150
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]I went and spent the $72.00 at Nordstrom to see for myself the difference b/w a real made in Peru Lacoste Women's Pique Polo and a otherwise known as a made in Peru Lacoste. One of the biggest differences I noticed beside the tags and alligators, was in the fabric itself. The Nordstrom Pique Polo has a waffle feel to it, whereas the other feels like cotton. The N Polo's fabric has fine holes almost like a mesh type shirt where you can see your hand thru it, the other is solid and not see thru. Also the quality is undeniable in the Real Lacoste, the seams are all very clean and the stiching is perfect. Also in the Real Lacoste the sleeves are more capped than in the fake. I hope this is helpful!!!
Real Alligator


Fake Alligator


Real Tags



Fake Tags



Real Button Front


Fake Button Front


Real Button Back(the colors can vary on the back)


Fake Button Back


Real Store Tags (however these can differ)



Real Cuff vs Fake Cuff


My Receipt from Nordstrom
post #2 of 150
awesome. great work char! this is a sticky now.
post #3 of 150
Hi, thanks for these comparisons, they help a lot! But i was wondering if you could add another part. Can you please add pictures or a description of where the alligator should be positioned on the shirt. I have heard people say that some shirts are fake because the alligator is in the wrong spot. Could you please post something on this?
post #4 of 150
Do anyone know any ebay sellers that have authentic Lacoste? Or do you know any place to get authentic Lacoste for cheaper?
post #5 of 150
Heres a good tip. If one of the tags say "DEVANLAY" then they are guranteed authentic.
post #6 of 150
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by eitan
Heres a good tip. If one of the tags say "DEVANLAY" then they are guranteed authentic.
Not True!!!Fake Shirt with DEVANLAY
post #7 of 150
Great tips JustChar! Thanks!!
post #8 of 150
Thread Starter 
No Problem...Glad to be helpful!!!
post #9 of 150
Charlene,

Do remember if the Seller for your Lacoste shirt offered 100% Money back garuntee? Also, did the Seller claim 100% Authenticity?

Just curious.. I found a seller that lists both of these staements in his/her ads. I figured.. What do I have to lose?

Anyway.. When i get my first item, I refernce your tips..

Thanks!

-Erik
post #10 of 150

REAL or FAKE

I followed all the rules to see if a lacoste polo is authentic and i think this one i got meets most if not all of them. Please help because if it is fake, i will send it back.

Pic 1:


Inner tag:


Croc:


Button:


Cuffs:


Also I noticed something strange. The holes for the buttons, the top one is horizontal, the bottom is vertical. Is it suppose to be like that?
post #11 of 150
something that i've noticed is that i only have one tag as opposed to two.
post #12 of 150
Have you checked the button's back?
post #13 of 150
Here's the deal, it seems like the only way now-a-days to tell a fake Lacoste is by looking at its model code found on the price tag.

it should starts with LXXXX XX XXX XX
Men:
L1212 - short sleeve pique
L1312 - long sleeve pique

Women:
PF168 or PF168E - short sleeve stretch pique
PF368E - classic long sleeve pique

51 - Peru factory (Central and North American market)
?? - India factory (Middle East, Asia, and some European countries)
?? - France factory (very rarely seen outside of France or western Europe)

some popular colors:

001 - white
031 - black
166 - navy
107 - yellow
240 - red
132 - green
476 - bordeaux
TO3 - flamingo
NSX - lawn green
TO1 - till blue
8LX - pearl
NXU - coastal blue
CBK - aegean blue


Size:
T3 - XS
T4 - S
T5 - M
T6 - L
T7 - XL
T8 - XXL

Thus, a Men's short sleeve pique yellow Peru made shirt in size small should read: L1212 51 107 T4

99.9-100% of the new Lacoste shirts on eBay are fakes, even though some are really good (all the design features are copied over, albeit different qualities). Another noticeable tell tale sign is the position of the crocodile, which correctly should be between the bottom button and the bottom of the placket and not horizontally to the bottom of the placket. Obviously, the buttons have to be mother of pearl. eBay sellers, even with thousands of feedbacks, will guarantee the authenticity of these fakes because they've been told from their supplier that there are flaws and/or these are not made to American standards. The only surefire way to get a real one is to fork out some real $$$ for them, go to the Lacoste outlet stores to save some $$$. 72 bucks for a shirt that most likely will never go out of style in your lifetime isn't such a bad investment. And like wine, it gets better with age. Good hunting. Lacoste.com has links for authorized online/offline retailers.
post #14 of 150
About the back of the button, I also bought 4 Lacoste polos light pink, fuchsia, light blue, and a lime green color from Nordstrom.com. I was looking at the back of the buttons on all of them and none of them had the varying colors on the back. Instead they are just plain pearly white, so I guess the colors aren't always going to be there.

Anyway, I am selling the light blue polo on ebay because the color doesn't look right on me. I guess that's what I get for buying it online. So if anyone is intrested in a size 36 light blue polo, then just go search for my name on ebay..same as my username on here (sal0917)_
post #15 of 150
If you have to go to that much trouble to differentiate a real Lacoste polo shirt from a good quality fake, then is it really such a bad thing to go with the fake?

There is only one Lacoste clothing shop in Sydney (only 2 in Australia) and they charge $170 (roughly $130 USD) for their polo shirts. No way in hell would I pay that much for a t-shirt. Even half of that price is a bit too much to stomach.
post #16 of 150

Hencho en peru

Just bought some lacoste shirts from http://rationalfashions.com/

I wear size 6, and the ones I was sent are too small. I notice on other lacoste shirts I've purchased from retail stores, they don't say "hencho en peru" - the ones from rational fashions do. But, I also notice the tags on this site that are "real" say that as well. Why would some say that and others don't?
post #17 of 150

Re: Hencho en peru

Quote:
Originally Posted by loopyloops
Just bought some lacoste shirts from http://rationalfashions.com/

I wear size 6, and the ones I was sent are too small. I notice on other lacoste shirts I've purchased from retail stores, they don't say "hencho en peru" - the ones from rational fashions do. But, I also notice the tags on this site that are "real" say that as well. Why would some say that and others don't?

Please please please tell me you found this site after you bought those shirts. RationalFashion is a notorious seller of fake items (IMO, and many other's here). Return them
post #18 of 150

Re: Hencho en peru

Quote:
Originally Posted by lauriebell
Quote:
Originally Posted by loopyloops
Just bought some lacoste shirts from http://rationalfashions.com/

I wear size 6, and the ones I was sent are too small. I notice on other lacoste shirts I've purchased from retail stores, they don't say "hencho en peru" - the ones from rational fashions do. But, I also notice the tags on this site that are "real" say that as well. Why would some say that and others don't?

Please please please tell me you found this site after you bought those shirts. RationalFashion is a notorious seller of fake items (IMO, and many other's here). Return them
Just found this site - really should have done my homework!!! I've searched but can't find any sites alluding to rationalfashions selling fakes - have any links? Did I miss that here? Thanks!!!
post #19 of 150
Their ebay name is RationalFashion ... not RationalfashionS, so if you do a search for the first version of the name you will get TONS of answers. Here are a few to show you what I mean.


http://www.honestforum.com/viewtopic...tional+fashion



http://www.honestforum.com/viewtopic...tional+fashion


http://honestforum.com/viewtopic.php...ationalfashion



AND his feedback is terrible...

http://www.toolhaus.org/cgi-bin/negs...ationalfashion
post #20 of 150
Quote:
Originally Posted by lauriebell
Their ebay name is RationalFashion ... not RationalfashionS, so if you do a search for the first version of the name you will get TONS of answers. Here are a few to show you what I mean.


http://www.honestforum.com/viewtopic...tional+fashion



http://www.honestforum.com/viewtopic...tional+fashion


http://honestforum.com/viewtopic.php...ationalfashion



AND his feedback is terrible...

http://www.toolhaus.org/cgi-bin/negs...ationalfashion

Thank you!!

I'm here in L.A., but I did see Jaws 2 at the Neshaminy Mall - if there's still such a place (and even if there isn't). Once I read, I might be back with a question or 2.
post #21 of 150
All of rational fashions items are fake, ebay and online store.....most of Lacoste's polos are made in Peru, they all have Devanlay tags no matter what countrie they come from I have shirts from Peru, France, Tunisia and Italy (Italy is the Silver line, has the white Croc, costs a little more) on all of their long sleeve button up dress shirts the croc is actually embroided into the shirt itself not sewn on, if you're looking to ebay for lacoste its pretty much a dead end, 99.9% of the lacoste items on there are fake, just like any Diesel store in the US you can call a Lacoste boutique and ask them what sale their having, what sizes they have etc, and you can buy the stuff over the phone and they can ship it too you, if you live in the United States (they cant ship items in the US out of the US) you can find some good deals a lot of the time if you know your size.
post #22 of 150

Devanlay tag question

Could someone post a real picture of a Devanlay tag from a lacoste polo? I've heard that Devanlay's with asterisk stars on either side are fake. I've also seen pictures of tags with bullets on either side, and some with nothing at all. Which ones are legit?
post #23 of 150
Thread Starter 
REAL Lacoste tag

FAKE Lacoste tag

There really isn't a difference in the inner tags. Both the fake and real ones have the astericks. What do you mean by bullets?
post #24 of 150
Thread Starter 

Re: REAL or FAKE

Quote:
Originally Posted by shasharice
I followed all the rules to see if a lacoste polo is authentic and i think this one i got meets most if not all of them. Please help because if it is fake, i will send it back.

Also I noticed something strange. The holes for the buttons, the top one is horizontal, the bottom is vertical. Is it suppose to be like that?
Sorry! It has been awhile since your post, but on my Lacoste the button holes are both horizontal. I only have one real Lacoste to compare it to though.
post #25 of 150
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by erikjs
Charlene,

Do remember if the Seller for your Lacoste shirt offered 100% Money back garuntee? Also, did the Seller claim 100% Authenticity?

Just curious.. I found a seller that lists both of these staements in his/her ads. I figured.. What do I have to lose?

Anyway.. When i get my first item, I refernce your tips..

Thanks!

-Erik
I bought mine from Nordstrom, so yes they did offer a money back guarantee.
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