|AP Photo: Ralph Lauren uniforms for the 2012 Olympic team, NOT made in the USA|
Nice job! Because of concern and outcry from people like you, all across the United States, fashion designer Ralph Lauren has announced that beginning with the 2014 Olympics in Russia, the athletes' ceremonial ensembles will be manufactured in the USA. Will they change the uniforms in time for this summer's games? No, although Rochester, New York-based clothier Hickey-Freeman has offered to re-do them in time, so stay tuned. But in the meanwhile, we are celebrating this announcement as a victory. We're hoping this episode will serve as a huge wake up call to the big retailers that Made in America is important to their customers.
Here is the statement issued by the Ralph Lauren Corporation in response: “Ralph Lauren promises to lead the conversation within our industry and our government addressing the issue of increasing manufacturing in the United States and has committed to producing the Opening and Closing ceremony Team USA uniforms in the United States that will be worn for the 2014 Olympic Games.”
USA Love List on CNN.com
In other news is… USA Love List! We were honored to be featured by CNN.com in an article about the short list of websites and Facebook pages devoted to helping people find American-made goods. If you are here for the first time because of that article, welcome! Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+ to join the conversation.
The article also included a (very) short list of items made in the USA. Where is the long list? We like to think that we ARE the long list! The long list of “Stuff We Love, Made in the USA” grows every day as we introduce you to the most stylish and highest quality American-made items. Our number one goal is to make it EASIER (and more fun) for you to find and buy Made in USA.
As always, we want to hear from you. Share your finds with us and tell us how we can help you. Pass your favorite Made in USA items on to your friends. Let the stores where you shop know that buying American is important to you. And come back every day to check out our favorites… Made in the USA.