Friday, July 13, 2012

Made in China? U.S. Olympic Uniforms

I was well aware of the hideous nature of the United States' 2012 Olympic Ralph Lauren uniforms. They look uptight and constricting. The over-fitted blazer and staunch hats look like they should represent France instead or the old Soviet regime instead of the land of the free, home of the brave. But to make matters worse, reports have surfaced that the uniforms were outsourced and made in China.

Swimmer Ryan Lochte, decathlete Bryan Clay, rower Giuseppe Lanzone and soccer player Heather Mitts, left to right, model the Team USA opening ceremonies uniform, created by Ralph Lauren and produced in China, for the London Games.
2012 U.S. Olympic uniforms

Ralph Lauren U.S. Olympic Team Uniforms

2008 U.S. Olympic uniforms

While the 2008 Olympic uniforms had a more better design, reminiscent of the 1990's Nautica preppy look, there were unfortunately also outsourced to China. Let's face it, the vast majority of American clothing and just about any other item is being outsourced to China or India or one of the other BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China) members. However, at a time of great recession, high levels of unemployment and not enough jobs, why would the United States allow their Olympic uniforms to be outsourced?

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