The defining aspect of the 2014 Team USA opening ceremony apparel designed by Ralph Lauren (aside from the stars and stripes, of course!) is a few words on the label: Made In America.
This isn’t Lauren’s first time dressing Team USA, but the fashion designer received flack after the 2012 Olympics in London because the clothes–made in China–weren’t as patriotic as they could have been. Rather than make the same mistake again, Lauren and his team were careful that everything from “yarn to dye to finished product” was created in the United States.
“We’ve learned a lot,” David Lauren, the executive vice president of advertising, marketing and corporate 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.”
The patchwork sweater our Olympians will wear during the opening ceremony is described as “a dynamic mix of patriotic references in a classic color palette of red, white and navy” in a statement from the company. As members of Team USA debuted the look on the Today show this morning to coo-ing anchors, the American public likened it to a Christmas sweater on Twitter.
In addition to the vibrant sweater, Team USA will wear a cream colored turtleneck, white athletic pants, black boots, and reindeer hat. Anyone interested in recreating the look on their own can purchase the pieces on the Ralph Lauren website. The most expensive piece is the cardigan, which retails for $595.
Team USA’s closing ceremony outfit is similar. Instead of the patchwork cardigan, Olympians will wear fair isle sweater under a navy and red peacoat with a similar reindeer hat.
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