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Call Grows for Olympic Uniforms to Be Made in the U.S.A.

Photo Courtesy of Ralph Lauren's Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/RalphLauren

The furor is growing since it was reported Wednesday that the spiffy red, white and blue outfits U.S. Olympians will wear in the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games in London were Made in China.

Sen. Majority Leader  Harry Reid (D-Nev.) blasted the committee’s choice to offshore the Olympians’ uniforms.

I think the Olympic committee should be ashamed of themselves. I think they should be embarrassed. I think they should take all the uniforms, put them in a big pile and burn them and start all over again.

And you can join growing voice to bring the uniform jobs homes by signing a petition (click HERE)  urging the U.S. Olympic Committee to have new uniforms manufactured in America for the athletes on the Olympic squad.

There are many U.S. clothing makers with talented union workforces who can put together quality outfits at less than the whooping cost of $1,945 for the men’s and $1,473 for the women’s Ralph Lauren-designed, huge Polo-branded uniforms.

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) suggested the Hugo Boss plant in Cleveland as a good place to make replacement uniforms.

Take a look at a few of these well-known American clothing companies that could have easily made the uniforms. The list is provided by our friends at the Labor 411 the union business directory from the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor:

  • Brooks Brothers/Garland Manufacturing;
  • Hartmarx (formerly Hart/Schaffner and Marx);
  • Jones New York;
  • Kenneth Gordon;
  • Miss Elaine;
  • Phillips-Van Heusen Corp;

Click here for the full list.

Just because it’s fun, here are a couple of snippy comments from fashion writers about the new uniforms.

  • There’s something that Ralph does that often times can look costume-y. . .It was a combination of things to me: rich, British private school kids. . .and Mr. Howell from ‘Gilligan’s Island.’ I wasn’t sure if they were really chic crossing guards or Olympians.” — celebrity stylist Robert Verdi, to the New York Daily News.
  • “Of course, the iconic Ralph Lauren logo is featured almost as prominently [sic] as the Olympic patch, and what could be more American than branding and product placement?” — Molly Eichel, Philly.com
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