After a vocal group of fashion designers and politicians got together to condemn Ralph Lauren for manufacturing America’s Olympic gear in China, the clothing icon has released a statement explaining that at the 2014 Games, the red, white and blue garb will be put together on local soil.
“Ralph Lauren promises to lead the conversation within our industry and our government to address the issue to increase manufacturing in the United States,” the company explained. “We have committed to producing the Opening and Closing Ceremony Team USA uniforms in the United States that will be worn for the 2014 Olympic Games.”
Although the United States Treasury Department has yet to declare that manufacturing 117 sweatshirts in Minnesota will save the economy, U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun seemed pretty amped about the move.
“We take seriously the concerns we've heard from members of Congress and the American public regarding the U.S. Olympic Team's Opening and Closing Ceremonies uniforms,” he notes. “We are absolutely committed, however, to working with our sponsors to ensure that the concerns voiced are addressed. To that end, Ralph Lauren has agreed to domestically manufacture Team USA's apparel for Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games [in Russia.]”
While many endorse a decision that could create upwards of one local job, some pundits may argue that showing up in Russia, wearing something we borrowed from China is a pretty accurate snapshot of America’s current state of affairs.