René Lacoste was a champion tennis player, and in 1927 was ranked number one in the world.
During his tennis career, he won seven Grand Slam championship tournaments but today he is better known as the father of sportswear brand, Lacoste.
René is said to have found the traditional attire associated with tennis - a long-sleeve button-down shirt - restrictive, particularly when making overhead shots. So he commissioned an English tailor to make a short-sleeved version, with just three buttons, and the polo shirt was born. But why did he choose to adorn his new creation with that of a reptile? Because of an ill-fated bet.
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