In addition to producing the porcelain polo, unlikely to be worn or re-produced, Lacoste asked Li Xiaofeng to design some cotton polos for the Holiday Collector’s Series 2010.
He came out with two designs, one for men and one for women. Some changes will still be made – Li Xiaofeng says the colors are not quite right – but the print will be the same as what you see here. The final version will be produced in a limited addition of 20,000. The print is based on blue and white shards from the Kangxi Period (1662-1722) of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912), a time when both China and the art of porcelain production were at their apogee. According to Li Xiaofeng, it was a glorious period for his country, somewhat like the present.
This print represents happiness and exuberant youth in the eyes of Li Xiaofeng. Originally the reason for images of babies was to promote the births and good health of children in an era of high infant mortality. Li points out that joy continues exist even in a life that is always faced with difficulites, a life where we must continually reassemble the pieces after setbacks. Li photographed each of the shards and placed them in life-sized digital pattern of each part of the polo.
Lacoste is using its highest end white crocodile logo for this special edition.