Originally Posted by Mandres
in my opinion high fashion has no place in the world of leather motorcycle jackets. It's 100% function over form, utility and durability are what count not a fancy label from a marketing-driven fashion house.
Why? OP is not going to be riding a motorcycle in this jacket. Fashion houses found a pattern they liked and made some jackets that looked better than what was available; a Louis Vuitton moto will keep you just as warm as a Fox Creek moto.
Even a Schott Perfecto isn't "100% function over form" - what about those epaulets?
harvey birdman - just because it isn't made in the first world (which is a political distinction from the Cold War, only vaguely applicable to what we're talking about) doesn't mean it's the product of sweatshop labor. There are artisan textile mills and artisan laborers in China, Japan, and Korea, just as there are hacks and con artists throughout the first world. Really, "Made in Italy" doesn't mean "made in Italy"; it just means that some part of production (2 of the 4 stages of production, I think) took place in Italy. I agree with you about avoiding the support of sweatshop labor, but I don't think it can be judged entirely from a label.
Also - the downside of buying "made in the USA" is it's generally sized for the "average American" - we elves of SW&D are out of luck.