A friend gave me this for Christmas *kiss kiss* and it’s proven to be versatile, sturdy, and stylish – the Lacoste M Shopping Bag in Orchid.
Made of PVC with a fabric lining, here’s how to tell the genuine item from the not. First, the overall quality is excellent. Look at the stitching – it should be even all over with no skipped stitches and loose threads. The crocodile logo is embroidered directly on the bag material, not appliqued on. The PVC material itself has a consistent all-over pattern. The reinforcement patches on either side at the bottom are symmetrically placed and sized.
The zipper pull should also be well made. Here, the pull strap is connected to a metal disc upon which the word “Lacoste” is clearly engraved in all caps. Stitching inside the bag is neat; the seams are folded in and top-stitched for durability.
The bag is lined with polyester fabric. This part I don’t like – this particular shade of green, which reminds me of hospital scrub suits. There is an inner pocket with a green zipper and zipper pull. Again, the stitching of the lining is of high quality.
The metal zipper pull should look smooth with no uneven or sharp edges. The font used for the brand name is a sans-serif. The weave of the lining fabric is fine and even, not coarse or with thin patches or ravels.
There should be a label sewn into an inner seam. The label should be white and bear the brand name in black and the crocodile image in red and green, and the label is woven, not stamped.
The reverse side of the woven label carries a sticker with the serial number, model, and place of date of manufacture; another fabric label bears more information.
Rivets and buckles must be properly placed and not crooked. Check also for consistent quality of stitching all over, even on the straps.
The Lacoste Shopping Bag, being made of PVC, is easy to clean – just wipe with a soft damp cloth or lightly scrub stains with a toothbrush and soapy water; rinse immediately. With care, it will give you years of good use and its classic color and styling will remain fresh whatever the season.