Will our America's Cup team apparel be Made in China?
It was almost a year ago to the day that ABC broke the news…the United States’ Olympic Team would participate in the summer games’ opening ceremonies wearing apparel manufactured in China. A public outcry ensued of course. Various elected officials offered verbal slaps on the wrist, and American Apparel even offered to design and manufacture the 2014 uniforms in the United States.
Could history repeat itself?
Yesterday, Racked, a shopping and style blog, reported that Banana Republic will dress Oracle Team USA, who will compete in the America’s Cup in September. It should be noted, Banana Republic will not be outfitting the team’s garments for competition, but only apparel for formal events.
While there’s no word yet on where these garments will be produced, some initial indicators suggest it may not be in the United States.
Cursory searches for “Made in America” and “Made in the USA” on Banana Republic’s yield zero results. Additionally, you may recall, earlier this year, that Gap Inc., the parent company to Banana Republic, declined the opportunity to sign onto a pact intended to improve working conditions in Bangladesh.
We still don’t know for sure. Stay tuned.
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