Team USA’s Olympic uniforms were (naturally) made in China

On Tuesday, the US Olympic Committee officially unveiled the threads Team USA will be wearing during the Opening and Closing Ceremony Parade at the London Olympics this summer. As usual, the uniforms have drawn mixed reviews. Similar to the way people felt at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, some are saying they reek of military propaganda while others appreciate the nostalgic feel of the navy blazers, white pants and berets. Those are simply opinions, but the fact of the matter is the uniforms are made in China.

While they were designed in America by the famous Ralph Lauren himself, the US athletes will be covered in head to toe with garments and accessories that are labeled “Made in China.” Like many others, US fashion designer Nanette Lepore said she is shocked that the uniform manufacturing was outsourced.

“Why shouldn’t we have pride not only in the American athletes, but in the American manufacturers and laborers who are the backbone of our country?” Lepore asked according to ABC News. “Why? What’s wrong? Why was that not a consideration?”

In fact, Lepore says US manufacturers could have made the uniforms much cheaper. The men’s uniforms cost close to $2,000 each while the women’s are nearly $1,500, with the men’s blazers and shirts making up nearly $1,000 of that price and the women’s blazers and skirts doing the same. When ABC News reached out to the US Olympic committee for comment, they gave a very generic answer.

“The U.S. Olympic team is privately funded and we’re grateful for the support of our sponsors. We’re proud of our partnership with Ralph Lauren, an iconic American company.”

The US is not the first country to be upset with their Olympic uniforms (see Great Britain’s uniforms here). Americans are simply displeased for a different reason.

Photo credit: Ralph Lauren/AP Photo

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  • http://www.facebook.com/pamela.seever Pamela M Seever

    The uniforms look OLD FASHION, buts that’s what you get from and OLD designer, and outsourced……..REALLY…….who’s gonna tell the POTUS?

  • http://twitter.com/Spooky_789 Miss Tori

    The uniforms look totally elitist.  Not even American.  Who in America wears berets?  Epic FAIL!  Then throw in the fact that they were made in China!  Egads! 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/E4OHUW37DFU5XG2SNCSOCSOZCA Blueboy

    The nautical look of blazers and white pants/skirts is fine.  Making them in China and then topping them ff with those awful berets is not !I was happy when the Army dropped the damned things.  Nobody, looks good in them.  It didn’t matter when the only people wearing them were the French – no one cares what they wear.  The only positive thing about berets is that if you get busy, you can shove them into a pocket (  or other appropriate place ).

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZPXAKVXHF5O7PCCSIC6QYY3UZ4 Carmen

    One word, “Ridiculous”

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1056395755 John Nelson

    This is a sad day for America when we are trying to mimic wardrobe from across the pond rather than flexing our own style!    “Made in China” no less.  

    I’m getting ahead start and
    studying the “Rossetta Stone” Mandarin DVD’s.