Originally Posted by gandhi
In my experience Malaysia is slightly preferable to being made in China. Brooks Brothers seems to outsource alot of their production to Malaysia.
Brooks uses Malaysia for all of their non-iron shirts because the company there owns the patent on them. They also outsource some of their work there because the existing contracts on their shirts gives them lots of flexibility for negotiating terms on other items when demand warrants.
Canada makes some great stuff, including a lot of the high end trousers for Brooks. We're lucky to have a few good MTM companies here and some other wholesalers like Jack Victor.
Country generally doesn't matter any more. Lots of stuff made in Italy because it's considered a prestigious country in clothing, but the conditions can be just as bad there as anywhere else. On the other hand, conditions in China can be downright amazing. I had a long conversation with Claudio del Vecchio (Owner of Brooks Brothers) about this when he visited the store I worked at. I asked him why Brooks Brothers started manufacturing some items in China and the conversation sort of followed.
Companies are generally not just interested in low cost of labour, but the cost of tariffs and shipping as well. China, Turkey, Romania, etc happen to be very competitive in this regard.
It's a global economy. If a company wants the best craftsmen on their product. They'll pay them enough to move where they need them. Paying the best Italian craftsmen to move to China is a lot cheaper than paying the tariffs out of another country.
I'm interested in hearing lots of other thoughts on the matter.