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Ralph Lauren’s 2014 Olympics opening ceremony outfits are 100% made in the USA Ralph Lauren’s Olympic looks are 100% USA
Designer Ralph Lauren unveiled the casual duds that America’s Olympians will wear at opening ceremonies next month in Sochi and this time the red, white, blue and garish garments will actually be made in the nation that they are meant to represent.
The yarn is from a farm in Oregon. The spinning was done in Pennsylvania. They material was dyed in North Carolina. And the assembly line was just outside of Los Angeles.
The switch to American manufacturers came after the fashion empire was blasted for using Chinese workers to make Team USA garb for the 2012 London games.
Following that snafu, Ralph Lauren vowed that this year’s garments would be entirely made in the USA. First stop, Shaniko, Ore.
“I got a phone call back in July 2012 from someone at Ralph Lauren who was looking for American yarn,” Jeanne Carver, owner of Imperial Stock Ranch, told the Daily News.
“I provided samples and (six months later) we got a purchase order from them.”
Carver’s sheep hair was sent to Kraemer Yarns in Nazareth, Pa.
Employees from both companies confirmed to the Daily News that their workers were involved in making the Sochi sweaters, the centerpiece of Lauren’s Olympic collection.
Olympic ice hockey players Zach Parise and Julie Chu model the new Ralph Lauren designed uniform.
The final garment was made at Ball of Cotton in Commerce,
“We wanted to honor the heritage of the Olympics, the athletes and celebrate our country,” said David Lauren, a Ralph Lauren vice president. “(It) is an icon of Americana.”
The chunky, button up cardigan is emblazoned with Olympic rings, bold stars and stripes and an American flag. Its patchwork design is a symbol that each athlete has his or her own story to tell, the company said.
The Olympic collection also includes a festive, cream colored turtleneck, white fleece pants, a wool pea coat, black boots with red laces and a cotton belt.
The apparel is for sale on the Ralph Lauren website and in select Ralph Lauren stores. The company said it will donate the entire purchase price of the $595 cardigan to the Olympic Committee.