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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JCoolie123 on

I suppose our green berets, rangers, and other forms of US military’s head wear are too European as well?
Get a life, people.


kerry on

Any thing to do with the US Olympic Team should be 100% American including the manufacturing of the uniforms they wear! Who cares who the designer is! MAKE THEM IN THE USA!

Annette on

Didn’t think that one through did ya Ralph!!!!

Dorcett on

I think it is disgusting that these uniforms were made in China… shame on you Ralph Lauren.
Also, the uniforms are just awful, it has absolutely no resemblance to the United States at all..
Very bland and boring.

Sandy C on

I’m 61 and I recall at the age of 7 or 8 going to Galveston (where my mother grew up) for the first time. We went to a 5 and dime store where she used to work to buy a momento of our trip — something typically from Galveston! On the drive back to Dallas, I noticed that on the bottom, it said “Made in China.” So, for my whole life, it’s been pretty typical to buy things made in China here in the good old USA. And, I love the uniforms!

atlantatea on

Sorry but the entire outfit is ugly and boring. Come on Ralph give us a little flavor! Yawn.

carol on

America,gotta love it.Do we really need to wonder why China is a super power,and the economy is in the toilet?Outsourcing.I guess if you want a job,you have to move to China,or India.

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[…] Ralph Lauren Responds To U.S. Olympic Uniform ControversyPeople MagazineCourtesy 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. The Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid even went so far as to say they should be … […]

steve on

The Majority of Outfits and Clothing are made elsewhere anyways.Where would Ralph Lauren design them In the US.

Jane on

Everything is made overseas. My car is made in Japan, my expensive purse and wallet is made in China, my shirt made in Sri Lanka. GM, Chevy & Ford car/suv/truck engines and most other major components of the vehicle are made overseas and assembled in the US and those brands are often mistaken to be made in the USA.

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