Originally Posted by amerikajinda
Yes, Japan made a remarkable transformation in the quality of the goods they produce, but that transformation took many decades... but "Made in Macau" translates to... "Made in Macau" today. Just leaves a bad taste in my mouth... Maybe someday (fifty years hence?) we will covet goods made in Macau. But that's a long way off. At least with the Nudies you know they're coming from a workshop in Italy staffed with Italian women and men with an eye for fashion and detail, as opposed to Macau where there are quite possibly sweatshop-like conditions with under-aged Chinese workers making pennies per hour, and more than likely there is more emphasis placed on quantity than quality. I wouldn't feel safe driving a car made in Macau (the time is coming soon when we're going to be able to purchase Chinese-made cars) so for the time being, at least, I would prefer to wear Studio d'Artisan (made in Japan) rather than APC (made in Tunisia or Macau).
As well as the article pointing to Martelli's wash staff being largely Chinese, you'll find that a large part of 'Made in Italy" jeans are actually sewn offshore, in countries like Romania, before being washed and finished in Italy. And these Italian jeans may use fabric that was woven in Greece, Spain, Turkey, Tunisia etc. And there have been many sweatshop scandals in Italy lately. Made in Macau does not necessarily mean any drop in quality from made in Italy. Far from it. You'll find with the investment in Asian production, that many factories production standards will as good or higher than those in Europe. Decades it will not take
There's a good chance the computer you're typing on was made in China. Quality is not the exclusive domain of any nation or race. And, respectfully, if you've visited Macau lately then I think "Made in Macau, leaving a bad taste in my mouth" does that wonderful place and people a gross disservice. Good food, good people and they, as APC know, can make good jeans. Raise a festive glass to Macau