Friday, January 24, 2014

Red White & Pride: U.S. Olympic Team's Opening Ceremony Uniforms Revealed

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American fashion house, Ralph Lauren, once again designed the uniforms to be worn by the U.S. Olympic Team at the upcoming Sochi Olympics.During the reveal recently, it was also discovered that this years uniforms are in fact made in the U.S. This comes as no surprise, after the major backlash the company faced in the 2012 Summer Olympics for having the uniforms made outside the country.

Although, it is praise worthy to have the uniforms manufactured here, it is also ironic in a way. David Lauren, Ralph's son and the Executive Vice President of Advertising  for the company, made a statement to USA Today that being able to find vendors who would be able to handle all the requirements was extremely difficult. Did he really just say that? It is because of huge power house companies, such as Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, and even Kate Spade that most vendors in this country have lost business and have had to close up shop. These top tier designers and many more have been caught multiple times with a "Made in China" or other countries such as Taiwan and even Bangladesh tags sewn into their products. Allegedly, getting them cheaply made and gaining a huge profit in the end. Sure, once in a while they will have products designed here, but as a whole, most of the pieces aren't. I have been to Macy's, Nordstrom, and other department stores as well as boutiques enough times to know that China is making more of our products than we are of our own. It's revolting. Especially when said products are sometimes a sweater made for a dollar in a third world country, but being sold for $85 at a nearby retailer.

That's why yes it is ironic for a man working with one of the "Made in China" companies to make such a statement especially since he went on to say how,  "This is an important issue for many Americans and one we have fully embraced, and we want to continue to lead the way and find all kinds of vendors who can produce amazing products mane in America."

If that is so, then why I am still finding Ralph Lauren clothes made in various countries except our own?

That aside, it is nice to know that this years Winter Olympic Uniforms are made in the country they are representing. They also capture a true Americana sense of style that Lauren has always been able to convey. The design is flawless, the colors are bright, and the pride is unrelenting!

Photo Credit: Ralph Lauren

Photo Credit: Getty Images 

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