Originally Posted by fabiomassimo
Well, hello everybody, I am new here.
As an italian who loves made in italy things, I couldn't help noticing this thread.
Just wanted to let you know that there are still some good small sized factories where italian people are doing what they have been doing for many years now, making beautiful clothes etc.
I know a few of these, due to my job.
Sadly, this is more the exception than the rule nowadays, and I do think it is a shame.
Big brands would rather be spending big money on promoting their image than investing on the product.
Yes, it's true there are plenty small factories still in operation. In fact, so many good are even made in people homes nowadays.
The problem is the big clothing brands that symbolize "made in italy" overseas, they used the small factories to establish their quality in the beginning, but now since they have their enormous marketing budgets to create an image instead of the actual products doing that, they even assist the sweatshops to some extent. In a case I'm thinking of, the brand advised the factory owner he should have "at least one good factory", and if they order more than he can make he can just subcontract the work. Of course, the order are always bigger than his capacity and the subcontracting is done in sweatshops. For the brands its "out of sight, out of mind". When and if some investigation turns up the use of sweatshops, the brand has the excuse that they didn't know where it was being made outside of the one factory.
Aside from the Chinese sweatshops, theres already plenty of clothing made elsewhere in central european countries, imported to add labels, then re-exported. Often times the label/tags are added at bonded customs warehouses doing value added work like adding the tags etc.