This week has been an interesting one for those who were waiting for the big reveal of the 2014 USA Olympic team uniforms. Ralph Lauren designed the uniforms again, and this time had them crafted in the US. While there are several garments included in the 2014 uniforms – one in particular has garnered a lot of attention – and comments ranging from patriotic to bold to hideous.
The sweater our USA athletes will wear for the opening ceremony features a knit patchwork cardigan, with handcrafted details and emblazoned with stars, stylized USA flag and Olympic graphics. As a knitter and designer, I find the sweaters interesting. They are certainly colorful and in mass our athletes will certainly be noticed. The sweaters remind me of a patchwork jacket I once owned, although the jacket wasn’t quite so flamboyant.
For those who would like a sweater of their own, you can buy one from Ralph Lauren for a mere $595.00. Yes, that’s really expensive – with 100% of the price going to the USA Olympic committee. Since the USA Olympic committee is based in Colorado Springs – you’d be helping my local economy. Unfortunately, I don’t know many folks who can afford this sweater – me included.
What are your thoughts about the sweater our USA athletes will be wearing for the 2014 Olympic opening ceremonies? Do you like it? Hate it? Are you somewhere in-between?
Happy Knitting! Jean