Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Gator? It's a Croc!

I was just reading a reference to the preppie-era popularity of "Izod shirts." That's technically correct, but it's like referring to Coca-Cola by the name of your local bottling company.

Until the '90s, Izod had the U.S. contract to manufacture and distribute Lacoste shirts. Lacoste was and is the Coke; Izod was, uh, "the good guys at Kalil."

Speaking of Lacoste myths, that animal on preppies' chests is no alligator. It's a crocodile. Rene Lacoste, the French tennis legend who founded the company, was nicknamed "Le Crocodile," and his nickname lives on on his shirts.


Melanie C said...

I think I'll need some "kleenex" and "qtips" to clean out my ears after this!

Craig said...

Reminds me of a joke that was popular during my youth.

Q. Why are Polos so expensive?
A. Because the guy on the horse is wearing an Izod.

It killed at Smithfield Junior High. Killed!