负责为加拿大奥运选手设计服装的赫逊氏湾公司(Hudson’S Bay Company)开发以竹及有机棉等物料制造的环保新服装，目的是协助运动员应付北京的酷热及潮湿。
本届奥运会的加拿大运动员服装官方供应商是哈德逊海湾公司(Hudson’s Bay Company)，它开发新的生态服装，配合北京的炎热和潮湿气候，采用竹子、有机棉等物料缝制运动服。
Made-in-China athletes’ gear draws flak
From Saturday’s Globe and Mail
May 3, 2008 at 2:15 AM EDT
OTTAWA — Hudson’s Bay Co. is offering to boost the Canadian content of its Vancouver 2010 Olympics gear after critics raised a stink over its largely made-in-China line for Team Canada in Beijing.
MPs from the opposition Liberal Party, Bloc Québécois and NDP were all shaking their heads yesterday after learning that the federal government did not ensure greater Canadian content in the contract, especially given the financial challenges facing Canada’s textiles industry.
Instead, the uniforms from Hudson’s Bay Co. will be 80-per-cent made in China, which is hosting this summer’s Games and coming under increasing scrutiny over its human-rights record and pollution. The Olympic wear sold in retail stores like the Bay and Zellers will be 90-per-cent made in China.
The Conservative government added its voice, saying it would have preferred to see the Canadian Olympic Committee ensure the clothes be made in Canada.
“We regret the decision to produce Olympic clothes offshore,” said Blair MacLean, a spokesman for Helena Guergis, the secretary of state for sport.
This is the second of four Olympic games in which Hudson’s Bay Co. will be Canada’s official clothier, after a $100-million bid in 2005 knocked off the previous supplier, Roots, which made a point of manufacturing its Olympic clothes in Canada.
“This is a no-brainer. This is our Olympic team,” NDP MP Paul Dewar said. “We should be ensuring that all of our Olympic athletes are proudly wearing Canadian-made textiles and all of their uniforms should be made in Canada.”
Mr. Dewar expressed hope the government and Hudson’s Bay Co. will ensure the uniforms are made in Canada for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
“Wouldn’t that be an embarrassment to have our uniforms made in China or anywhere else for the upcoming Vancouver Olympics? So hopefully someone is doing their homework on that,” he said.
Premier Gordon Campbell, leaving a noonhour speech in North Vancouver, was approached by a TV reporter dressed in one of the uniforms.
“Let the athletes decide. If they like it, great. Good on them.”
He was asked if he would wear it. “I am not planning to wear it on a regular basis,” he deadpanned.
Hillary Marshall, the director of corporate communications for Hudson’s Bay Co., said the company turned to the Asian market, which has expertise in the organic, moisture-reducing fabrics needed for the athletes. She noted that the uniforms that will be worn by the athletes during the parade and on the podium will be 100-per-cent Canadian-made and all clothing is also 100-per-cent designed in Canada.
“We always prefer to buy Canadian,” she said, adding that most of the clothing industry has moved overseas. “We’d be very happy to sit down with the textile and garment manufacturers in this country now — because we’re starting to plan for Vancouver now — and discuss how they can provide made-in-Canada product that meets costs, the enormous quantities and the technical requirements.”
Elliot Lifson, the president of the Canadian Apparel Federation, said it would not be difficult to find Canadian suppliers for the contract.
“The argument of not finding somebody [in Canada], I don’t buy,” he said. “The argument … ‘I make it where it is the least costly,’ I buy that. I’m in business.”
While it would have been a positive symbol for the athletes’ clothing to be made in Canada, he said Hudson’s Bay Co. should not be singled out.
“If you’re going to do that, do that to everybody. … Go try and find a made-in-Canada label in Wal-Mart.”
With a report from Ian Bailey in Vancouver
Outcry over made-in-China duds for Canadian Olympic team
Canada’s Olympians to wear clothing from China
Fri May 2, 7:18 PM
By Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press
OTTAWA – This summer’s Olympic Games isn’t the only thing made in China.
So are most of the uniforms of Canada’s Olympic athletes – and that has some MPs crying foul. “This is a no-brainer,” New Democrat MP Paul Dewar said Friday.
“This is our Olympic team. We should be ensuring that all of our Olympic athletes are proudly wearing Canadian-made textiles and all of their uniforms should be made in Canada.”
Liberal MP Denis Coderre said Canada is missing a golden opportunity to promote its textile industry on the world stage. He said it’s particularly unfortunate that the “unacceptable” snub to Canada’s homegrown clothing-makers should occur at a time when the industry is struggling.
Bloc Quebecois MP Pierre Paquette said the snub reflects the “laissez faire” attitude of the Conservative government, which he asserted is not interested in boosting the prospects of the primarily Quebec-based textile industry.
However, a spokesman for Helena Guergis, secretary of state for amateur sport, said late Friday that the government is equally annoyed with the decision to use foreign-made clothing, but is powerless to change it.
“The Canadian Olympic Committee is an independent body that operates at arm’s length from the government,” said Blair MacLean, Guergis’ communications director.
“We do not agree with the decision to produce Olympic clothing offshore and would have preferred that the clothing was made in Canada.”
Earlier Friday, Chris Rudge, CEO of the Canadian Olympic Committee, said the government had not raised the issue with the committee. He said the government likely appreciates that it would be impractical to insist on strictly Canadian-made uniforms.
Where possible, Rudge said the COC tries to use Canadian suppliers. But he said it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find Canadian manufacturers who can supply the volume of clothing required to dress the athletes and provide the “replicas” sold to the public.
“Times have changed considerably,” Rudge said.
“The reality is that there’s no longer manufacturing capacity in Canada that can meet the volume needs that are necessary to manufacture particularly the replica clothing that is sold to the public.”
Canada’s manufacturing industry has been decimated by cheap foreign imports – especially from China – and the rising Canadian dollar.
The Hudson’s Bay Company, official outfitter for Canadian Olympic athletes, has developed a new line of eco-friendly clothing intended to help athletes cope with the excessive heat and humidity in Beijing. It is made from bamboo, cocona and organic cotton.
HBC spokeswoman Hillary Marshall said such specialty fabrics are only readily available in Asia, primarily China.
While 80 per cent of the costumes provided to the athletes are made in China, Marshall said the uniforms they’ll wear during the opening ceremonies and on the medal podiums have all been made in Canada.
HBC does not supply the uniforms that athletes wear during competition, most of which Rudge said are highly technical and are often produced in only one or two places in the world.
While it’s too late to change the uniforms for the Beijing Games, Dewar said the government should ensure that only Canadian-made duds are on display during the Vancouver Winter Games in 2010.
“Wouldn’t that be an embarrassment to have, you know, our uniforms made in China or anywhere else for the upcoming Vancouver Olympics? So hopefully someone is doing their homework on that.”
HBC has already started work designing the clothing for Vancouver. Marshall said the company “would be very happy” to sit down with Canadian textile and garment manufacturers to explore their ability to provide the volume of clothing needed at competitive prices.
“As a Canadian company, we prefer to buy Canadian”
But she added: “The reality is that most of the industry has gone overseas.”
Rudge said it’s premature to talk about the uniforms for the Vancouver Games. But he said the COC “would certainly hope that we would source Canadian where it made sense, where it was economically appropriate and where it was appropriate for the environment in which we find ourselves.”
Olympic clothes turn heads on Robson
By Damian Inwood, Vancouver Province
Published: Friday, May 02, 2008
For one surreal moment, walking across Robson Street, I felt like an extra in a Jackie Chan flick.
After all, how often does anyone get a chance to make a fashion statement that bellows, “look at me!”
Heads swivelled round, fingers pointed, people snickered behind their hands.
CREDIT: Staff Photographer – The Province
Province reporter Damian Inwood hangs out downtown in his new Olympic threads on Thursday.
This was a chance to put some of the new Canadian Olympic team outfits to a Province taste test, a trial by fire.
And, not surprisingly, everyone had an opinion on the gear that went on sale at The Bay yesterday.
Some loved it, others hated it. No one was undecided.
“It’s really ugly,” said Debby Andrews, a Nanaimo retiree. “Let’s face it, if you were an athlete, would you not be devastated having to walk round like this?”
It all started in downtown Vancouver at The Bay, where Tu Ly, HBC’s Olympic designer, was holding a fashion show of the new designs.
“The tapestry print is really our hero item,” gushed Ly. “We felt we needed to create new sport camouflage that would represent the perfect fusion of China and Canada.”
The hoodie and cargo pants each cost $65, with a T-shirt at $30 and a tube/bandanna headpiece for $15.
The actual uniforms the athletes will wear in the opening and medal ceremonies will be unveiled at the 2008 Games.
After a quick change in the fitting room, it was out onto the street.
“That could be my grandma’s curtains,” chuckled sales promotions rep Jordanna Neufeld, 27, of Vancouver. “I don’t think the girls will like it. You’re going to have a hard time hooking up.”
But on Robson, the city’s fashion strip, the red-and-white colour riot met with approval.
“I like it,” said Mohameed Altamimi, 25, from Dubai, who’s taking a fire-and-safety course at Douglas College. “It’s good for Valentine’s Day. I think it would be popular at any time.”
Deb Notman wasn’t so sure.
“It looks like your pajamas,” she said. “It’s pretty busy.
Usually, women like men in uniforms, but I don’t think this one cuts it.”
Her daughter Samantha, a 19-year-old art student, was more definite.
“I think it’s a little over the top,” she said.
Plumber Kevin Dykstra, 31, was also in the “no” camp.
“Athletes thumbs down, bedtime thumbs up,” chuckled Dykstra.
Then it was down to English Bay to test the waters on the seawall.
“I think it’s dynamite – first class,” said C.J. Craig. “It certainly caught my eye. When I saw someone taking photos, I thought you were doing some modelling or were a movie star.”
Craig was sitting on a bench carving little eagles out of Brazilian soapstone, which he sometimes sells for between $40 and $50.
I pointed out that my outfit, with tax, would cost four eagles.
Vancouver actress Jesslyn Unwin, 23, thought the outfit more suited to the boudoir than the ball park.
“I don’t like it for a professional uniform, but for bedtime, sure,” said Unwin. “Coming out of the shower? Why not?”
Her friend Misha Kleider said it looked very Asian.
“It doesn’t look Canadian,” he said.
Back at the office some said I looked like I should be making sashimi in a downtown sushi house.
Others said the stylized maple leaves looked more like those found on B.C. bud. What had they been smoking?
Me? I liked it. It reminded me of a sofa that graced the conservatory at my auntie’s house in Devon, England.
And, after all, if I wear it on the plane to Beijing this summer, they might give me an upgrade.