New Designer for Lacoste

Felipe Oliveira Baptist has just been appointed the new Creative Director for Lacoste

This morning, in France, Lacoste announced officially that Felipe Oliveira Baptist (F.O.B) will succeed to Christophe Lemaire (appointed new Creative Director for Hermes instead of Jean Paul Gaultier)

The 35-year-old will take up his duties immediately, it said, replacing French designer Christophe Lemaire, who has held the post since 2000.

The Portuguese designer will sign his first collection for Lacoste for summer 2012.

He has presented his own ready-to-wear label in Paris since 2009 as well as several collections as a guest designer on the sidelines of the official haute couture calendar.

His appointment is part of Lacoste’s strategy, unveiled this summer, to rejuvenate the brand and give it greater feminine appeal in a bid to spur sales on the Internet and emerging markets like China and Brazil, as well as to win back share of the US market.

Source via AFP