Even the nicest Freudenberg calf is not that much more expensive then the cheap stuff. And today's Margiela certainly isn't using anything approaching freudenberg level. Yeah margins make differences, but far greater costs are saved by producing them en masse and selling through their own retail stores.
what's the quality like on COS? It seems to be ripoff designer stuff at reasonable quality and reasonable price point. One could make anything at any price point, you just have to figure out how to sell it.
You're right, it comes down to explaining to the customer or more succinctly, marketing.
The clothes look nice and the quality looks decent and I'm certainly not going to begrudge people who buy the stuff. It's just the fact that it clearly shows the huge influence that marketing has that kinda saddens me.
We're all brand whores in the end though, I should probably get over it.
I don't really disagree with anything you wrote, so I'll just answer your question about COS
Only thing I have by them are those fingerless gloves and those are quite nice, especially at sale-prices, and from what I've read the rest of their collection is kinda mixed. There isn't anything that's plain bad, but some pieces are nicer than others