Ralph Lauren unveils Team USA uniforms for 2014 Winter Olympics
Ralph Lauren has once again designed the uniforms to be worn by Team USA at the 2014 Winter Olympics… and this time they’re made in America.
Figure skater Evan Lysacek and mogul skier Hannah Kearney modeled the looks, which the athletes will wear during their downtime in Sochi, Russia and at the closing ceremonies. The ensembles include a wool turtleneck with “Nordic-inspired reindeer and snowflake motifs,” a navy wool pea coat with a red banner stripe and patriotic patches — and Lauren’s trademark polo logo, natch — slim-fit fleece pants, and black leather boots with red laces.
The brand will also give non-Olympians the chance to show their patriotism with its games-inspired Village Wear Collection.
The line of sweaters, cold weather accessories, and duffel bags — ranging from $55 to $295 — will hit the shelves at various retailers on November 15. A limited-edition Polo Bear dressed in the official Team USA Closing Ceremony uniform will also be available.
“Ralph Lauren takes great pride in outfitting Team USA, and the Closing Ceremony garments for the 2014 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams reflect the pride and embody the emotion of this special moment,” said Peter Zeytoonjian, managing director of marketing for the United States Olympic Committee, said in a statement.
Last year, Ralph Lauren came under fire when it was revealed that the uniforms worn by American athletes at the 2012 Olympics in London were made in China. A press release from the New York City-based clothing brand about the uniforms for the winter games in Russia clearly stated that the clothing was “proudly made in the USA.”