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French sportswear and fragrance company. Established in 1933 by René Lacoste, the tennis player, and André Gillier, owner of a knitwear company. 1963, Bernard Lacoste, René Lacoste's son, takes over the company. First Lacoste boutique opens 1981 Rue de Victor Hugo, Paris. 1996 men's toiletries line opens.