Get a Taste of the French Open With Lacoste’s 85th Anniversary Collection

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Sunday is the final day at Roland Garros, a.k.a. the French Open, with Rafael Nadal—having won handily in his semifinal match against Juan Martín Del Potro—meeting Dominic Thiem in center court. (Head’s up: The women’s final between Simona Halep and Sloane Stephens, which goes down on Saturday, could end up being a more exciting match.)

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Lacking any huge surprises, we’ve been paying more attention to the style we’ve seen on the clay. In the pantheon of majors, Roland Garros lives somewhere between Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. It’s loose, but refined. Lively, but not outlandish. Much of that taste owes itself to René Lacoste, whose eponymous line is an historic sponsor of the tournament; the stadium was actually built for Lacoste and his teammates. (Fun fact: In addition to winning 10 grand slams and designing the world’s first polo shirt, René Lacoste also invented the tennis ball machine and the first steel racket.)

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In honor of its 85th anniversary, Lacoste released a 15-piece capsule collection that reissues the best of each of the decades. The pieces speak to their time—the ’90s polo is so ’90s. But they’re also timeless. For instance, we’re fans of the 1950s collared green sweatshirt, reminiscent of what our dads and grandpas wear in old pictures. And with modern times being what they are, who wouldn’t want to embrace a bit of yesteryear, even if it’s as simple as a pullover.

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