Spirit Of The Croc

Brandweek: French sportswear brand Lacoste this week will launch a global campaign via French agency BETC, Paris, that embraces the brand’s connection to 1930’s French tennis champion Rene Lacoste in an energetic, modern way.
“This is a big campaign for us and we wanted to launch it in a really big way,” said Sarah Penchansky, pr manager.
Creative consists of two-page spreads with an image of a racquet-wielding Rene Lacoste on one side and a current image, such as a young woman leaping through the air wearing a white skirt and vest on the other. The photos incorporate licensed product such as hats, bags and shoes for a unified look.
“All of these images are inspired by him playing on the court, which is the spirit of the crocodile,” Penchansky said. “This is the first time we have used these images of him.”
A French tagline, “un peu d’air sur terre,” which roughly translated means, “a little air on earth,” drives home the theme of air, energy and movement. “It’s really different from our previous campaign, which was much more generic and not a lot of motion,” Penchansky said. “This definitely embraces the feeling of Lacoste a lot more. It’s levity, it’s light, air and movement, and you can see that in all the images. Lacoste is movement. Our roots are in tennis. This definitely hits a nerve.”

About David Burn

Co-founder and editor of AdPulp. I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. I worked for seven agencies in five states before launching my own practice in 2009. Today, I am head of brand strategy and creative at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.


  1. I was at the mall last month and saw a teenager wearing a pink Izod shirt with the collar turned up.
    I thought I was in a time warp, and started heading straight for the arcade.