Ralph Lauren Responds to Olympic Uniform Outrage
Posted Monday July 16, 2012 1:37 PM GMT
He's been mum since the initial outrage sparked last week, but now designer Ralph Lauren has come forward to discuss his China-made Olympic Opening Ceremony uniforms.
While the controversy hit a fever pitch over the past couple days, no real word from the famed brand was ever released, seemingly adding to the debate on whether the stitching of this year's outfits should have been done by the Chinese and not here at home.
Opening up about the issue, the company told, “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.”
How do you feel about Ralph Lauren's choice to produce 2012's team uniforms somewhere other than the USA?
By Nicole James