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.
While Ralph Lauren has bowed a bit to pressure, it turns out that it’s not the only company that opted to produce its Olympic uniforms outside of the US. Nike, which incidentally provides althetic gear to countries like China and Russia, produces a lot offshore. According to OregonLive, Nike released the following statement: “The product we create for U.S. athletes at the Olympics is made in multiple countries, including the U.S.”
And this lack of home-grown gear isn’t just an American issue either. According to WWD, Spain’s uniforms are made in Russia; Adidas (the official sportswear partner of the London 2012 Olympic Games) produces in Cambodia, Chian, Indonesia, Turkey and many more countries; and even Stella McCartney produced some pieces outside the UK. So is it all political grandstanding? Seems so.