I guess it's a bit much to ask the designers to pass down the savings to customers?? I have the same mentality problem when buying stuff from Ann D...Most of her garments are now produced in Portugal, Poland Morocco etc instead of Belgium and Italy. Price is still exorbitantly high yet quality has dropped drastically in the past few years....I just hope same thing won't happen to Yohji......
Pricing is always a touchy issue, but I believe that when most designers move production, even if they are getting better prices, passing them on to consumers might inadvertently send the wrong message to a lot of people. A price drop might be associated with a drop in quality as well and no one wants that for their brand. Another thing is that moving production facilities might also be done out of necessity as opposed to just a desire to increase profits. If they moved production in order to be able to meet their running costs better and ensure they continue to grow as a business, passing on the savings they make won't help them.
Drops in quality from a high end brand are unacceptable though and there really should be more steps taken to tighten quality control at a lot of these brands. In my own experience though, all of the Yohji clothing I have are definitely very high quality and I don't see any difference between stuff from 2006 and items I have from SS12.
Edited by Ivwri - 4/6/12 at 3:32am