- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Every article of clothing made by Ralph Lauren for the U.S. Olympic athletes in Sochi this February will bear the “Made in the USA” label, the clothier announced Tuesday.

Ralph Lauren Corp. used more than 40 vendors, from ranchers in the rural West to yarn spinners in Pennsylvania, to create the red, white and blue closing ceremony outfits, the Associated Press reported.

“We have worked incredibly hard as a company to go across America to find the best partners to help us produce the Olympic uniforms at the highest quality for the best athletes in the world,” said David Lauren, the company’s executive vice president of advertising, marketing and corporate communications.

The ensemble includes a navy peacoat with a red horizontal stripe, a ski sweater with a hand-sewn American flag, and a tasseled knitted hat.

The USA’s uniforms became a focal point of the 2012 London Olympics, when news broke that every article of clothing worn by American athletes was made overseas, mainly China, AP reported.

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