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The country was outraged last week when it became known that Ralph Lauren’s U.S. Olympic uniforms were made in China. This past weekend the company released a statement promising that the 2014 Winter Olympics uniform (also a RL design) will be made in America.

Following the scandal, the Olympic Committee announced that it intends to change its policy requiring that all U.S. Olympic uniforms be made in America.

But Americans are calling for a change right now with the current summer uniforms and clothing manufacturers around the country are stepping up to the plate claiming they can meet the two-week deadline. From the polo shirts to the slacks to the scarves, American clothing manufacturers are saying, “Yes we can!”

Loggerhead Apparel in Greenville, South Carolina, American Giant in San Francisco, CADET in Brooklyn and many more manufacturers have made it clear that they would be proud to supply the U.S.A. Olympic Team with uniforms sporting a Made in America label.

Image courtesy of Liscaro Scarves.

Among the enthusiasts is Lisa Devereaux, owner of Liscaro Scarves in Arlington, Texas. Ms. Devereaux contacted ABC World News With Diane Sawyer, who reported on the story, to say there is still time to make the scarves. “We want to make them right here, and NOW. We can meet the deadline.”

Ms. Devereaux says, “I wrote to ABC and said we would be honored to offer our scarves to the U.S. athletes for the Olympic games. Now it is in the hands of the United States Olympic Committee if they will allow us to move forward. If not for the 2012 games, then we will gladly provide our scarves for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, to ensure that our athletes are clothed in American-Made apparel.”

Way to go, America! Take note Ralph Lauren and all the other fashion corporate brands out there: Clothing manufacturers still exist in the United States and they are ready for business. Hire them!

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Ralph Lauren US Olympic uniforms sport a Made in China label.

The iconic American designer Ralph Lauren has made a serious misstep by having the entire U.S. Olympic Team’s opening ceremony uniform made in China.

Does RL really think this is OK? Is the company that cheap? So far we don’t know what they think as there has been no direct comment on the issue.

What a waste of an opportunity to give a much-needed boost to local production as well as highlight the fact that clothing manufacturing in America is still possible and preferable. Beyond that, it’s a bad reflection on the Ralph Lauren company and the U.S. Olympic Committee.

Come on, American Olympic uniforms should be made in America. Period.  

Washington is up in arms with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid suggesting the pile of China-made uniforms be burned. Some American designs are also unhappy. Nanette Lapore, who proudly manufactures her women’s line in the U.S. shared her thoughts with CNN:  

It’s very disturbing because it completely could have been manufactured here in the United States in New York City or in any other city where there’s factories that still exist. And it’s frustrating for us because it’s a cause we’ve been fighting for, and we’ve been trying to raise awareness and trying to convince designers to move work back to our shores and stop off-shoring and start on-shoring. This would have been the perfect opportunity.
 
Although I have always been a fan of the Ralph Lauren style, the reality is that the line is not a fashion house it’s a big corporate brand. Sometimes corporate brands lose their focus while striving for big profits.
  
What a shame. Yes the uniform looks good, but it’s not made in America and like an ill-fitting suit, it feels all wrong.

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