Originally Posted by theRRshop
They as a company still have to find the lowest costs to produce their items. Very little will be made in the USA because of the high cost of labor, as compared to other countries.
Of course. It's the history of modern manufacturing. Still, a few companies manage to hang on and produce quality pieces in the states while turning a profit. I don't buy Alden because they're made stateside, but a part of me enjoys knowing they are and always have been, and that I'm supporting some of that history when I buy their shoes. Regardless of the quality, it would make a difference to me if they started exporting labor to China.
[/quote]Therefore checking a label at a store, will not give you the whole story... and salespeople really have no idea where the RRL Design House has their items produced. And as one may or may not know the PRL Corp. holds MANY secret in it's war chests... they don't want the consumer and even staff to know the quannity and where a item is really produced. The only one that really knows is the Chair of the Corp. Ralph Lauren himself.[/quote]
This is weird. Is it true?
[/quote]What they do however want you to trust is, in the product itself (no matter where it is made)..most RRL buyers/Collectors do trust the RRL label, therefore they really don't question the quality or where it was produced.[/quote]
I can see myself eventually becoming a big fan of RRL (I really like the stuff that I've seen), but I doubt I'll ever stop questioning the quality of any brand or where it is produced. Many great brands (too many to mention) start strong, continue strong, and then suddenly or gradually jump the shark and become crappy brands that you wouldn't dress your dog in. I don't see RRL doing that I obviously don't know a quarter of their history that you do. But nothing wrong with being a bit vigilante.