Team USA Olympic Opening Ceremony uniforms unveiled
The U.S. Olympic Team Opening Ceremony uniform cardigans are a patchwork design of stars, stripes and Olympic rings.
The Ralph Lauren outfits -- made-in-the-USA kits of wool carted from Oregon, spun in Pennsylvania and North Carolina and knit in California, according to USA Today -- were debuted on TODAY on Thursday by Olympic curlers Jared Zezel and Jessica Schultz.
The 2012 Olympic uniforms made by Ralph Lauren generated headlines for being mostly made in China.
“We’ve learned a lot,” David Lauren, executive vice president of global advertising, marketing and communications, told USA Today. “This is an important issue for many Americans and one we have fully embraced, and we want to continue to lead the way and find all kinds of vendors who can produce amazing products made in America.”
More than 40 domestic partners helped manufacture the uniforms.
“What I really enjoy when [I] look at it is I can see the patriotic spirit,” U.S. hockey player Julie Chu said, according to USA Today. “When everyone’s wearing it together, it makes a bold statement.”
Here are the prices for the apparel -- cardigan emblazoned with stars ($598), cream cotton turtleneck sweater ($245), slim-fitting white fleece athletic pants bearing the “Team USA” label ($165), black leather boots with bright red laces ($395), a cotton belt accented with American graphics ($75) and a reindeer hat ($95).
All of the proceeds go to the U.S. Olympic Committee.