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Fashion find of the week: Gear up for the Olympics with sustainably made Team USA apparel by Ralph Lauren

Sara Bauknecht, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on

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Ralph Lauren is once again an official outfitter of Team USA for the upcoming Olympics in Tokyo — this time with an emphasis on sustainability.

Athletes will wear for the closing ceremony parade sporty white drawstring jackets with an American flag graphic on the sleeve. Jackets will be paired with a striped belt made from Repreve recycled polyester, which has been derived from plastic bottles; a classic white polo shirt, shoes and face mask made from U.S.-grown cotton; and slim white denim pants.

Athletes' apparel also includes an Olympic patch on them made from MIRUM, a leather alternative material made from renewable resources and is free of synthetic plastics. Cotton products made for Team USA also use the ECOFAST Pure Sustainable Textile Treatment, an advanced pre-treatment solution for more sustainable cotton dyeing. All closing ceremony uniforms are manufactured in the U.S.

"Following a year marked by isolation and strife, this summer's Games are a true testament to the resiliency of the human spirit and the universal power of sport to energize and unite the world," David Lauren, chief innovation and branding officer and vice chairman of the board, said in a prepared statement. "As we come together to celebrate and compete, we must also embrace our responsibility to protect the planet we all call home. As part of this, we are proud to continue to invest in and scale sustainability innovations — dressing our nation's best and brightest athletes in timeless clothing that has been consciously created."

 

Ralph Lauren also incorporated this environmentally friendly approach to design into apparel throughout its ready-to-wear Team USA collection. It features options for women, men and kids, so the whole family can dress the part to cheer on U.S. athletes from home. New to this collection is "villagewear," patriotic pieces inspired by what athletes may wear on their days off around the Olympic Village. Think tie-dye tees, color-block polo dresses, hats, totes and more.

Shop these latest Olympic looks online at TeamUSAShop.com and RalphLauren.com and in select Ralph Lauren retail stores.

Sara Bauknecht: sbauknecht@post-gazette.com or on Twitter and Instagram @SaraB_PG.

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