Oh, poor Spain. First it was the crash in the construction industry, which cratered the economy. Then it was the horrific unemployment rate, which is at the same level the US saw during the Great Depression. Then the bank bailout. Then the passage of austerity measures and a huge, coordinated protest of hundreds of thousands across the nation.
And now — the Olympic uniforms, which SB Nation says “look like ketchup and mustard had a terrible fight.” I think this looks like a fast food restaurant uniform. Would you like fries with that?
The jacket and shoes are even better:
After athletes Saul Craviotto (top) and Alex Fabregas (bottom) tweeted these images, the internet broke down from laughter. It was made even worse by the discovery that the uniform design had been outsourced to a Russian firm, which provided the kits for free.
When questioned about the undeniable hideousness of the uniforms, Spanish Olympic Committee president Alejandro Blanco pointed out that “when you measure the difference between paying one and a half million of public money and free clothes, there is no discussion.” True, and surely the best illustration I’ve ever seen of the adage “you get what you pay for.” (At least the pants and blazer look normal, allowing the Spanish athletes to march in the opening ceremonies without inspiring gales of laughter in the stands.)
But the best punchline to the whole thing is this:
A HOT SELLER: The EFE reported that the “controversial Spanish Olympic uniform” is a sales success in London. The uniform supplier, Bosco, has a store in London where the uniforms can be purchased. According to the store assistant Henry Hatton, the Spanish uniforms are the “most sold in the store.” Hatton: “We know that in Spain there is a big controversy over the uniforms. But since they started talking about them in the press, the sales have increased.” The entire Olympic kit can be purchased for £130 ($204).
So, the Russians may have bad taste, but the British are even worse — and they’re paying for it.
(Hat tip to my brother-in-law.)