At next year's Sochi Games, United States athletes will be wearing gear created by Ralph Lauren. And in response to heavy criticism in 2012 that U.S. garments were created overseas, this round will be completely created by American manufacturers.
The Ralph Lauren Corp. engaged the services of more than 40 companies stretching from the far West to New York's Garment District to create the team's uniforms, including the Closing Ceremony outfit pictured above. Ralph Lauren took over the manufacturing duties from the Canadian company Roots in 2008.
Individual athletic uniforms will be made by a variety of companies, though some, like The North Face, have also pledged to use only made-in-the-U.S.A. clothing.
The outcry over foreign production forced Ralph Lauren to reconsider its supply pipeline, and provided a stark lesson in the realities of American manufacturing. Because domestic manufacturing facilities and vendors do not exist in sufficient numbers, Ralph Lauren had to cut back onRead More »from U.S. Winter Olympic team will sport Ralph Lauren-crafted made-in-America uniforms