Originally Posted by idfnl
There are exceptions, but in general, the fabric is overpriced as well.
Yeah, but the brands have no control over this. They buy their stuff from fabric mills just like everybody else.
Obviously, a guy like Armani will have more clout to negotiate prices, but a smaller brand like Azzedine Alaia or Christian Lacroix is pretty much stuck paying what the fabric costs. THAT, or he buys cheaper fabric, sacrifices quality, and outsources the labor.
Most smaller brands are close to... or going out of... business. Yohji, Lacroix, etc. The shitty, gigantic conglomerates who send all their labor to China and Vietnam are okay, but the smaller couturiers aren't exactly laughing all the way to the bank.