The Olympics are quickly approaching and drama is boiling over! Both Democrats and Republicans are both outraged about the Ralph Lauren’s Olympic athlete uniforms. Like many of our products, the entire uniform for the athletes were made in China. Are you really surprised?! Ralph Lauren should have seen this problem coming and should have avoided it completely especially for such an important event.
Yesterday ABC NEWS asked avid supporter of NYC Garment Center and manufacturing in the US about the uniform. “Why shouldn’t we have pride, not only in the American athletes, but in the American manufacturers and laborers who are the backbone of our country?” Lepore asked.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D., N.Y.) and Rep. Steve Israel (D., N.Y.) sent the following statement to the US Olympic committee:
When America’s best athletes are representing our country on the world stage, we should be representing the best of American-made goods. The pride of our Olympic athletes goes hand-in-hand with the pride in American innovation and manufacturing. We shouldn’t be going to the world stage with anything less. From head to toe, Team USA must be made in America.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid feels like the uniforms should be put in a pile and burned. “If they have to wear nothing but a singlet saying USA on it painted by hand, that’s what they should do,” the senator said at a press conference.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the USOC released the following statement:
Unlike most Olympic teams around the world, the U.S. Olympic Team is privately funded and we’re grateful for the support of our sponsors. We’re proud of our partnership with Ralph Lauren, an iconic American company, and excited to watch America’s finest athletes compete at the upcoming Games in London.
Ralph Lauren reps have declined comment to WWD. [Fashionista]
What do you think about these uniforms?