Polo shirt - about the basics
The most important component, however, was the fabric itself, for it was a knitted fabric which we today call pique. Compared to shirt fabrics, it was much more elastic - which was extremely important in terms of freedom of movement - and also more breathable, providing better thermal comfort during strenuous sport activity. The fresh version of the garment was eagerly adopted by other tennis players, and later by athletes in other sports. Lacoste himself, as well as being a great tennis player, was also an decent businessman. It's no surprise then, that after his sports career ended, he began (with considerable success) to sell shirts of this type under the company bearing his name. The shirts themselves were decorated with a small logo of a certain river reptile - after the nickname René adopted during the height of his career - the Crocodile.