Everyone should watch this as a cautionary tale - tape, glue, silicone "perma-crease mixture!"
Made in China is now high end? - Page 2
What gets me is that we (Australia and elsewhwere in the West) sacrificed out manufacturing industry to to offshore our jobs to the PRC . Many sellers have chosen to use the PRC as a way of selling crap/inferior stuff for the same price as they used to charge for well made local stuff. As my alterations guy said to me "they start with poor quality thread on the shirts" and the rest is history.
I agree with the sentiment, but the blame is misplaced. When big brands choose outsourcing to maximize their profits, not only do they save on labor but they also cut corners on materials. Inevitably consumers believe what they see, that is, a shitty product with a [Made in China] tag.
Making suits is labor-intensive.
Labor in the west is expensive.
Consumers and retailers exert downward pressure on pricing (every time you buy something on "deep discount" you contribute to this downward pressure) so manufacturers have to
a) find ways to automate the process to reduce costs (tape, glue, etc.)
b) go where the cost of labor is lower so they can maintain or raise the level of quality
The company featured in the video is in Canada. They are on the more *ahem* affordable end of the spectrum. They started to manufacture product in China as well- the product made in China had tons of hand work, lots of extra operations, and was generally a better product than the domestic one but could be offered at a similar price point. So putting a garment back on the rack just because it says "Made in China" is not always a good idea.
Ask me how I know all this.
I too share a bias against Chinese made goods. But sometimes it is hard to avoid. I just picked up a great mohair Paul Smith cardigan that turned out to be made in China, which made me feel like a bit of a hypocrite. Paul Smith!
Maybe times are changing? I don't know. Personally, it is more important to me to know where the fabric is woven or the yarns are spun. With suits, I would stay away from anything Chinese simply because of the degree of intricacy of construction that gets lost with all the machinework and glue tape (great share on that video by the way). But in many cases I find it more important to know where the fabric itself was woven. Most of the time I find that fabric starts to show signs of age much more quickly than the stitching that holds it together.
You're missing the point- in China they don't have to use all that glue because they can do it the proper way for the same price.
I find that especially with small family shops/factories if you are patient with them and their learning curve they can turn out some exceptional quality and do hand made (not just clothes) that the west will not even consider doing any more at any price - mindset.
No, it's me sketching etc. I told them that nobody draws on paper, it's all done by computer but they wanted it done that way.
Why would the cost-efficient Chinese factories rely hand stitching or any other 'extraneous' measure to produce above-average quality if their commisioner's agenda is to dramatically reduce costs (therefore the Chinese workers aren't justly compensated, esp. if paid hourly)? Is it not better from the commissioner's standpoint to keep production values cheap while paying less money?
No. Retail pricepoints are predetermined by the retailer- they dictate to the manufacturer what the retail price will be, thus establishing the costing structure. The manufacturer tries to make the best possible product within that pricepoint.