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"Made in Italy." . . . . Really ?

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Last night I was out with friends at a bar and met a group of Italians visiting London. Anyway we started talking about style and dress as small chat. One of the girls told me that she had worked at a factory which dealt with goods from many high end brands during college. She explained to me that they would receive weekly containers of produced goods from China belonging to brands such as "Marc Jacobs" and others. I asked her what exactly it was they did and she went on to explain that the products would be 80% complete and all they (the factory in Italy) did was the final "make up" and "touches" to the goods. This apparently allowed brands to press the "Made in Italy" label although it technically isn´t. She also said shoes makers took this route to cut costs aswell, but they are never really made in Italy. Anyone heard of anything like this ?
post #2 of 17
old news.

move along, nothing to see here................
post #3 of 17
Yeah, it's come up before...
post #4 of 17
Its been talked about.
post #5 of 17
happens in other industry besides apparel

e.g. bicycling
post #6 of 17
short answer, yes, it's a known secret. i also heard there are chinese labour filled sweatshops in rural italy...
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post #8 of 17
It's one of the subplots of the film, Gomorrah.

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Originally Posted by Greggers View Post
+1 There's a thread about this book from a few days ago and this is one of the topics...
post #10 of 17
Hasn't this recently been made illegal by the Italian government?
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Originally Posted by Ich_Dien View Post
Hasn't this recently been made illegal by the Italian government?


What sweat shops full of illegal aliens making things in fire traps. Not paying taxes etc. I thought that was illegal to begin with

The EU for various reasons always blocks moves to improve labeling. They gave Italy grief a few years back over meat/milk products. Would have helped this week with the issues in Germany.
post #12 of 17
I believe this happens with "Swiss" watches too. I think Swiss law mandates that products must be at least 50% Swiss made to merit that label, but it's still rather subjective and vague.
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It's one of the subplots of the film, Gomorrah.


Gomorrah is worth watching for clothing manufacturing subplot alone.
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Gomorrah is worth watching for clothing manufacturing subplot alone.

The book is also worth reading for the same reason.
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Gomorrah is worth watching for clothing manufacturing subplot alone.

+1 pretty compelling movie
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