Originally Posted by amerikajinda
Well I should apologize for not being clear and explain what I really meant when I said it left a bad taste in my mouth. I just meant that I felt mislead to find out that a French company whose jeans sell for more than $100 were being produced in Macau for a slight fraction of that amount. It didn't leave a bad taste in my mouth simply because they were made in Macau; rather, it was a combination of the French name and the high price tag coupled with the fact that they're made in Macau. To further clarify, it wouldn't have left a bad taste in my mouth if I had found out that a pair of Gap or Banana Republic jeans selling for $40 were made in Macau. So what makes A.P.C. jeans cost/worth $100 more than other jeans made in Macau? Is it the quality of the denim? Are the French owners of A.P.C. pulling in over $100 for every pair of jeans they sell, all other costs (advertising, design, materials, management, etc.) included? I'd love to know the profit margins... If I hadn't asked the question of where they're made, I also (like you) would have continued to assume that APC were made in France. Rest assured, I have nothing against the citizens of Macau personally. I guess what it comes down to is the bottom line... i.e., cost. The other day I happened across a Zegna pullover on sale for only $25 at Filene's Basement, and was all set to buy it until I saw the "Made in China" tag... (I also have nothing against the citizens of China). It also left a bad taste in my mouth that Zegna has cheapened itself so much that some of their products are now being made in China. I'm not against a company trying to maximize profits by having their goods produced for the cheapest prices possible, but there is a definite trade-off in the eyes of discriminating consumers who know that "Made in Macau" is not exactly synonymous with "quality". If a Louis Vuitton product sports a "Made in Macau" or "Made in China" or "Made in Hong Kong" tag, then is it still a Louis Vuitton? No - it's a counterfeit. (which begs the question -- where are counterfeit A.P.C. jeans made? France?) So I'll buy a pair of A.P.C.'s for $140 knowing that they were made in Macau because I support the developing world, but I'll also buy a pair of $800 45rpms -- because I support the arts.