Ralph Lauren Responds to U.S. Olympic Uniform Controversy

07/16/2012 at 12:30 PM ET

Olympics 2012
Courtesy Ralph Lauren

When it was reported that the U.S. Olympic Opening Ceremony uniforms were actually made in China, many people spoke out, criticizing the uniforms. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid even went so far as to say they should be burned.

But amidst all the controversy, the brand behind the clothes — Ralph Lauren — remained quiet. Until this weekend, when the company broke its silence. They seemed to acknowledge their misstep with the following statement:

“For more than 45 years Ralph Lauren has built a brand that embodies the best of American quality and design rooted in the rich heritage of our country. We are honored to continue our longstanding relationship with the United States Olympic Committee in the 2014 Olympic Games by serving as an Official Outfitter of the US Olympic and Paralympic teams. Ralph Lauren promises to lead the conversation within our industry and our government addressing the issue of increasing manufacturing in the United States and has committed to producing the Opening and Closing ceremony Team USA uniforms in the United States that will be worn for the 2014 Olympic Games.”

So, the navy blazers, white bottoms and berets that you’ll see at this year’s Olympics will have been made in China. But after all the scrutiny, Ralph Lauren promises to keep things “local” next time around.

That hasn’t stopped people from voicing another complaint, though: that the ensembles are way too European. Tell us: What do you think about Ralph Lauren’s statement? What are your thoughts on the Olympic uniforms being made in China?

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dora colley on

The uniforms look more British than American.Why are we not able to vote on the uniforms that represent the U.S.A. Ralph Lauren does not represent the everyday American.Wake Up. How many American walking the street do you see wearing the signature polar shirts???

Tammy Beveridge on

Made in CHINA…yeah it looks like they came from WalMart

robert fragman on

It’s a disgrace!!he knows better, so does his staff. There’s no excuse and they need to find another American company to make the uniforms next time.
I also would like to know who pays for the uniforms? or Is it just for advertising??? Companies only care about profit and it’s shame that it has come down to that. I don’t support the Olympics either because of the refusal to honor the Israeli’s that were murdered. I say shame on us for allowing all the dirty laundry to come to this.

Mark on

Although I think Lauren’s designs are insipid and redundant, and the 2012 Olympic uniforms are in that mode, they don’t bother me much. What I find humiliating is that our athletes will be sporting a (arrogant? oblivious? )market logo. Ralph obviously thinks that’s more important than the US flag or OLympic circles. I can only hope that Japan’s uniforms will sport a Toyota logo or German’s a beer logo…anything so we’re not the only ones out there looking so foolish.

kraig on

Who cares? Try buying clothes made here. You can’ta!

Igor on

It is the most beautiful and appealing uniform in parade military style in traditional American flag colors!! I love it !! It stand out in crowd. And deserved to be made in USA! I guess only some parts of garment were manufactured in China, but I am sure people of China were proud to do something great like that for American best of the best!!!

rhonda on

I sure hope RF paid a lot of money to the US Olympic Committee to do this. The uniforms are truly dreadful. I was embarrassed for the US and it probably has tainted my desire to ever buy RL clothes. I will wonder if I look like a French airline attendant.

jhonathan on

UMM I LIKE THE UNIFORMS YOU GUYS SHOULD JUST DEAL WITH IT IT LOOKS GOOD AND WHOOOOOOOO CARES IF THEY WERE MADE IN CHINE OR ANYWHERE ITS NOT THAT BIG OF A DEAL RELAX!!!!

Valhalla on

It really does’nt matter anymore what came from where, the one world Government is almost in place, and then what?

Doug on

I don’t care where they’re made – they’re embarrassingly OUTDATED and out of fashion ! Find someone else for the next Olympics . . . Please!!

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