At The Winter Olympics, Even Team USA’s Gloves Make News

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Photo: 2018 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony Team USA
Members of the United States team wave during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018.

Brad Peterson raised his eyebrows a bit when the Winter Olympics opened last weekend. Into the stadium in South Korea walked Team USA in red, white and blue sweaters and coats -- and with its athletes’ hands snug in what looked rather like gloves and mittens produced by the Colorado company he co-founded, Astis.

The hitch: Ralph Lauren got the credit for the design, which Peterson tells Colorado Matters was inspired by a pair of Cree mittens he’d gotten from a friend. On top of that, Peterson says people at Ralph Lauren had been reaching out to the company -- and then stopped. Something nefarious? Ralph Lauren's company says no, and issued this statement:

The American West has been a well established source of inspiration for Ralph Lauren, and the design team had always conceived of creating a western-inspired glove for Team USA’s Opening Ceremony uniform. We explored production with a number of manufacturing partners to execute the design vision. The gloves were inspired by vintage ranch gloves and rugged western style, and are not modeled from an Astis product.