Are you instantly put off?
A "Made in China" label in luxury clothing items
|by Anonymous||reply 62||06/12/2013|
Not if it's $1.99 or less
|by Anonymous||reply 1||02/16/2013|
|by Anonymous||reply 2||02/16/2013|
I try not to buy clothing that has been made in China.
|by Anonymous||reply 3||02/16/2013|
I was at the men's clothing store Thomas Pink in Dublin today, shopping for a birthday gift for my brother. The China-made silk shirts there retail at €300 (roughly $345.) I walked out without buying anything.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||02/16/2013|
Daaaaamn. I wish I had a brother who was willing to buy me a Thomas Pink shirt.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||02/16/2013|
|by Anonymous||reply 6||02/16/2013|
|by Anonymous||reply 7||02/16/2013|
No, however I am put off by synthetics. I have no synthetic fabric in wardrobe and I never will.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||02/16/2013|
R8 = Mallory Keaton
|by Anonymous||reply 9||02/16/2013|
No...say all the sheeple with their made in China Apple i-Shit. Everything is made in China today. If you want quality made clothes then pick your own cotton, buy a loom and a sewing machine and make your own clothes.
|by Anonymous||reply 10||02/16/2013|
Yes. If they are charging high-end prices they can at least pay decent wages to seamstresses in Portugal or Bulgaria or El Salvador. Tacky.
|by Anonymous||reply 11||02/16/2013|
[quote]So important for genuine upper-middle-class standing is the total renunciation of artificial fibers that the elite eye becomes skilled in detecting even, as The Official Preppy Handbook has it, "a small percentage of polyester in an Oxford-cloth shirt"--a sad middle-caste mark. The same invaluable book praises young Caroline Kennedy unreservedly--"on technical points Preppier than Mummy"--because "during four years at Harvard Square, an unnatural fiber never went near her body."
|by Anonymous||reply 12||02/16/2013|
Like others point out, good luck finding anything not made in China. That said, I must admit I do get off buying a garment that came from a factory where little children were burnt alive in a factory fire because of the unsafe conditions. It just adds to the value of my purchase.
|by Anonymous||reply 13||02/16/2013|
I don't give a fuck about the dictates of the Preppy Handbook. It was meant as satire, at least until millions of dim Americans took every word as a Guide to Gracious Living.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||02/16/2013|
Oh poor OP, reject the made in china label all you want. Your pitiful opinion won't really matter because you are just ONE in 300 million people who buy Chinese products.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||02/16/2013|
I have no desire to be defiant, have influence, or make a difference, R15. I was questioning my own hypocrisy and would-be snobbery, and was curious as to how other posters responded to the "Made in China" label. Your interpretation of my post couldn't be more wrong.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||02/16/2013|
I wouldn't be put off if the store had said, "We're moving all production to China, so the same shirt you used to pay 345 dollars for will now retail at 200."
But of course they keep the retail price steady...
|by Anonymous||reply 17||02/16/2013|
I was in a William Sonoma store on Rodeo Dr in Bev Hills, day before yesterday. I was curious if their merchandise was more up scale that our WS in Manhattan Beach. They were selling high polished metal kitchen utensils of fairly heavy metal under their house name. The spatula was 35.00. I turned the flipper over and it was marked, Made in China. I left the store thinking what a ripoff company. I wasn't going to buy the item, but I had no interest in anything else they were selling.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||02/16/2013|
Yes. I don't care what the label is and how expensive it may be.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||02/16/2013|
£300 is more like $465.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||02/16/2013|
For Christmas I received Penguin polo shirt and the tags included in the packaging went on and on about the quality workmanship and care that goes into making the garment only to find the made in China tag on the collar. Although it did say made in China in about 3 different languages which is something different as tags go. That was definitely disappointing. I have yet to wear the item as it is winter, but by outward appearance the fabric, buttons, etc don't appear to be of significantly greater quality and this was an expensive shirt compared to the prices you would pay for a similar product at most retailers.
There is one exception to the made in China rule. An acquaintance who has worked in the apparel industry for years as a direct distributor for the factories told me that the best cashmere in the world actually comes from the mountainous regions in China so for luxury goods such as Cashmere sweaters, a Chinese yarn with the made in China label is actually desirable if not coveted.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||02/16/2013|
|by Anonymous||reply 22||02/16/2013|
Yeah, I saw that about 10 seconds after I posted.
Sorry. Carry on.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||02/16/2013|
I won't buy expensive Chinese clothes either, OP. The worst are shoes. Chinese or Indian shoes for $300? Fuck, off!
|by Anonymous||reply 24||02/16/2013|
r21, a fine thread/fabric will be sold to a manufacturer. Italy, Australia, US, and then marketed.
Loro Piana is the best example.
Highest quality Chinese product.
|by Anonymous||reply 25||02/16/2013|
The newer Givenchy menswear has items that were made in China. How am I supposed to be rockstar chic while wearing this shit?!
|by Anonymous||reply 26||02/16/2013|
r24, for big boy shoes go to Pediawear.
|by Anonymous||reply 27||02/16/2013|
|by Anonymous||reply 28||02/16/2013|
[quote]at least until millions of dim Americans took every word as a Guide to Gracious Living.
This didn't happen.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||02/16/2013|
Huge put off. I don't care about price, but if a store wants to charge $135.00 for a shirt made in China I will not buy. Are you listening Orvis. Manufacture it in the U.S. then I'll buy.
|by Anonymous||reply 30||02/16/2013|
I'm not at all put off.
Shanghai Tang, for instance, is an excellent fashion brand. There may be other luxury fashion brands from China (although I'm not away from them).
Not to mention, of course, that a great many big designer labels not associated with China have a great deal of their clothes made in China.
|by Anonymous||reply 31||02/16/2013|
No one sees the difference!
|by Anonymous||reply 32||02/16/2013|
Of course. It's a huge, immediate red flag that the product is shabby and won't last. People rally around "made in China" in a show of false-flag populism, so they have an excuse to completely surrender all discernment in consumption.
|by Anonymous||reply 33||02/16/2013|
[quote]I try not to buy clothing that has been made in China.
If it's not made in China, then it's made in some other shithole country. Why on earth would anyone buy a "luxury" item if it's made in China just like all the other shit? Are ANY clothing labels actually made in the US, England, Italy, or France anymore?
|by Anonymous||reply 34||02/16/2013|
Hermès is apparently still made in France.
I've seen "Made in China" labels on clothing from Joseph, Helmut Lang, Marc Jacobs, and many other designers.
|by Anonymous||reply 35||02/16/2013|
Are you saying my Burberry...err...Buebelly...scarf isn't of the highest quality?
|by Anonymous||reply 36||02/16/2013|
R35 Wow, that's crazy! I've never had the money to buy designer clothes, but knowing that supposedly high-end designers make their shit in China just like affordable labels makes me realize I'm not missing anything.
|by Anonymous||reply 37||02/16/2013|
Hermes is indeed one of few remaining luxury brands that won't compromise quality for larger profit. The book linked below is quite informative and an interesting read:
|by Anonymous||reply 38||02/16/2013|
Oops, didn't link well:
|by Anonymous||reply 39||02/16/2013|
I stopped buying made in China shirts when Bergdoff stopped giving away free fortune cookies with each purchase.
|by Anonymous||reply 40||02/16/2013|
You can't do any better than the Jaclyn Smith collection at J.C. Penny, bitches!
|by Anonymous||reply 41||02/16/2013|
"Made in China Luxury" is an Oxymoron.
|by Anonymous||reply 42||05/27/2013|
OP/R4, does Thomas Pink sell men's silk shirts ? Only I can't find them on their website... Maybe it's an Extremely Special Textile
|by Anonymous||reply 43||05/27/2013|
agree with R42
|by Anonymous||reply 44||05/27/2013|
Yes, of course.
If I had the money, I would have all my clothes made by hand locally.
|by Anonymous||reply 45||05/27/2013|
One person interviewed for the movie "The Corporation" showed a room full of goods for which he had been able to obtain manufacturing information.
The figures were appalling. Most of the clothing items (running shoes, suit jackets, and so on) had retail prices around $200. And, in almost every case, the person who made a $200 item received less than 20 cents.
Our sleazy, thieving manufacturers could pay those people 10 times as much and STILL make out like bandits. Yet, they claim prices would have to increase dramatically if they paid anyone a living wage.
Sadly, it's getting harder every year to avoid supporting that system. No matter what you need to buy, it was probably made in China.
|by Anonymous||reply 46||05/27/2013|
I also agree with R42
|by Anonymous||reply 47||05/27/2013|
A lot of high-end fashion brands have production in China now, from Michael Kors to Prada to Herve Leger. The belief that anything that's made in China must be crappy and bad-quality isn't always the case. iPhones are made in China. Labor isn't as cheap there as it used to be, and many companies are moving their production to places like Pakistan and Bangladesh. I'd be more wary of anything that's made in those places, especially because of the working conditions.
|by Anonymous||reply 48||05/27/2013|
I love Anges b. Most of their clothing is made in France, with the exception of cashmere which is made in China. I will buy anything from them except their cashmere.
|by Anonymous||reply 49||05/27/2013|
Made in China is its own brand.
You are not wearing "Prada", you are wearing made in China Dollarama crap, with a Prada name on it. When people start to realize this, they will stop paying a premium for Made in China crap because of a name attached to it.
|by Anonymous||reply 50||05/28/2013|
Walmart luxury... its a different kinda luxury...
|by Anonymous||reply 51||06/11/2013|
I never purchase garments handled by brown people.
|by Anonymous||reply 52||06/11/2013|
Distaste for synthetic fibers is a relic of the 70s, when they were poorly employed. The finest dress shirts today incorporate some portion of synthetic fibers to increase the fabric quality or give a little bit of stretch. They also hold their shape better over time.
If you don't like synthetic fibers, skip all the major designers.
|by Anonymous||reply 53||06/11/2013|
|by Anonymous||reply 54||06/11/2013|
Don't be fooled by "made in italy" either...some lux brands will have everything made in china and then ship the products back to italy where the zipper will be sown in and then slap on the tag "made in italy"
it's the trade secret.
|by Anonymous||reply 55||06/11/2013|
Anyone who is not blind, can easily see the poor quality of Made in China clothing. A label can not cover up for that.
|by Anonymous||reply 56||06/11/2013|
Not so much a luxury item, but I purchased bed linens from Pottery Barn. I like them very much but I was sad when I read the "Made in China" label.
|by Anonymous||reply 57||06/11/2013|
I have been very conscious about looking at the labels and when I see 'Made in China', I often put it back on the rack. I know that 95% of clothes are made in China, and if consumers keep buying this shit, the companies will continue to enjoy earning massive profits. It's up to the individual and I would rather pay more for something made in the USA.
I still wear an Eddie Bauer lightweight jacket that I bought in 1993. It has Made in the USA tag in it. Flash forward to 2013, 0% of Eddie Bauer clothes are made in the USA. That's fucked up.
|by Anonymous||reply 58||06/11/2013|
At this point I'll buy clothes that say Nazi Germany before I'll knowingly buy Chinese. Except anything leather.
|by Anonymous||reply 59||06/11/2013|
ALL luxury products are made in China and the "finished" in the country where they're supposed to be from, e.g. Hermes or Louis Vuitton products in France.
|by Anonymous||reply 60||06/11/2013|
All Hermès leather goods, and most other products, are made in France--often by hand.
However, I wouldn't be surprised if the silk scarves were from China, at least the textiles.
|by Anonymous||reply 61||06/11/2013|
If people are too stupid to look where items are made today, then I can't feel sorry for them when they get taken by any brand name.
|by Anonymous||reply 62||06/12/2013|