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Olympics, Ralph Lauren: Not Made in USA

Posted on: July 13, 2012

The news broke a few days ago: Uniforms / costumes for the U.S. Olympic team were made in China.

The Press talks of the where but why does no one mention the how much? Am I the only one rather surprised (and slightly appalled) that these expensive games are also expensively apparelled? According to the Los Angeles Times, the uniforms pictured above cost $1473 for the men’s; $1945 for the women’s.

Can you imagine that if even part of that cost per person had been donated to charity, how many dollars might have enriched the world’s “average person”?

Ralph Lauren “designs” yacht club / public school uniforms for a group of athletes and nothing beyond where the clothing was made comes under discussion?

What’s wrong with this PICTURE?

**I’m proud to say that I work for a company whose mind is on fair product pricing as well as philanthropy at home and abroad**


UPDATE: Weekend News reports –> RALPH LAUREN was “awarded” the next Olympics, too. Winter games in 2014 will see more Ralph Lauren uniforms on the backs of American athletes.

Commentators notice the large “Polo” logo. Commercialism at its best?


Piers Morgan on the Olympic uniforms:

“I hope those American athletes are inspired to now perform with the Vive of La France, the Rule of Britannia, and the March of the Volunteers.”

“If they do,” concluded Morgan, “then God, and Gold, will Bless America!”

Jay Leno on the Olympic uniforms:

“Looks like designer Ralph Lauren is trying to calm the controversy over the fact that those Olympic uniforms they produced were made in China. Well, he now says the uniforms they make for the 2014 winter Olympics will be made right here in the USA using our own good old-fashioned illegal immigrants.”

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