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post #1 of 75
Thread Starter 

Does anybody know where i can find information on which country manufacturers a particular brands clothes please ?

 

Reason for asking is that i'm sick to death of paying decent money for brands that are moving their production output to China where they're paying low rates but still charging high bucks to their customer base. prime example is that well known swedish brand ACNE that charge a lot of money for their clothes but are getting them made in China probably for peanuts.I've recently send one of their sweaters back to Mr Porter upon discovering its made in China.Now i find out that Brooks Brothers that quintessential american brand that prides itself on its history is also farming out its clothes to to China.

Nothing against the Chinese but i generally find that clothes made in that country are ultimately crap.

 

post #2 of 75
Not sure I get your question, but here's a fun thread: http://www.styleforum.net/t/276627/made-in-china-is-now-high-end
post #3 of 75
Thread Starter 

lol,i'll give it a read but the crux of my question is can i find out where a shirt or jacket is made before i buy it.................on line of course ?

post #4 of 75
Ah! Well, I thought whatever site you're buying from would tell you (anyone), and I was right...

J Brand
Walker Straight-Leg Jeans/Champ
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A relaxed, straight-leg fit in medium-washed indigo denim characterized by gentle fading and subtle whiskering at the points of wear.

Five-pocket style
Low rise
Leather logo patch on back waist
Inseam, about 36"
Cotton
Machine wash
Made in USA


But...


Moncler
Republique Jacket
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This jacket marries cold-weather protection with the versatility of removable sleeves in sleek, double-layered quilted nylon. A jacket or a vest...you choose.

Attached hood
Zip front with snap storm flap
Side zip pockets
Down fill
About 25" from shoulder to hem
99% polyamide/1% polyeurethane back, polyamide lining
Dry clean
Imported


Same site (Saks). I suppose when an item is made someplace 'good', they'll tell you. If it's Chinese, it'll read 'imported'. Of course, that's an assumption.

*tries a different site*

Gah! Couldn't find the same jacket on Bergdorf Goodman. ...But they give origins:


Suede Vest
It only takes one piece to transform an ensemble from blase to brilliant. Brunello Cucinelli presents such a topper with this quilted vest—constructed of supple suede in a warm, neutral hue for lasting sartorial splendor.

Tan quilted water-repellant suede.
Stand collar; snap front.
Left chest welt pocket; front zip pockets.
Green nylon lining.
Made in Italy.


...Most of the time.

hree-In-One Fur-Trimmed Flannel Anorak

Derby melange (charcoal gray).
Natural coyote (USA) trimmed hood; button/zip front.
Long sleeves.
Large button-flap pockets.
Zips off to reveal long-sleeve quilted nylon jacket with zip pockets.
Wool/nylon/other fibers.
Imported.


If it is described as 'Imported', I wouldn't trust it.
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post #6 of 75
You can e-mail the site and ask them. Or you could do a search for the item and include the phrase "made in" and sometimes a site will show up. Those are the only ways I know.
post #7 of 75
The problem is many brands have some lines that are MIC, some that are MIR (Romania) and top lines that are MII or MIF. This applies to brands such as Burberry and RL. I usually just take the time to check the tag and if you see a cashmere sweater for $150 you can probably save by guessing where it's made.

If you're really worried about country of origin, you'll have to focus on more exclusive designers/brands (e.g., Dior, John Lobb), those that make it a point to make their products in their home country (e.g., Ferragamo), and/or get it customized close to home. Otherwise, I always check.
post #8 of 75
well, some of the clothes made in Italy but actually it's made in China, they just put the "made in Italy" label on after imported from China. or maybe the clothes are made by Chinese hands from a factory in US. Have you ever heard the story of prada?
post #9 of 75

I'll recommend to actually look in to the actual brands and do more research abou the Item itself.

All companies have different tiers of quality made in different parts of the world.

Make sure that look for the specific collection and that will guide you to where it's been made.

You can't go wrong with some Lobb or Green or Ferragamo which I usually go with. These brands are always in house brands which refuse to outsource the production to other parts of the workd.

post #10 of 75
There is no definitive list that I am aware of. This is a list of made in the USA goods, but it's hardly complete.

http://www.acontinuouslean.com/the-american-list/

If shopping in person, you can check the tag of course. If on-line, many websites will tell you. If they don't, you can pretty much assume it's made in China - they'll usually make a point of saying if something is made in Italy, USA, England, etc.
post #11 of 75
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Originally Posted by y2knp View Post

maybe the clothes are made by Chinese hands from a factory in US. Have you ever heard the story of prada?

Oh I get it, the negative opinion on made in China isn't about poor labour and manufacturing standards, It's about the fact that they're Chinese!
post #12 of 75
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Originally Posted by chet31 View Post

There is no definitive list that I am aware of. This is a list of made in the USA goods, but it's hardly complete.
http://www.acontinuouslean.com/the-american-list/
If shopping in person, you can check the tag of course. If on-line, many websites will tell you. If they don't, you can pretty much assume it's made in China - they'll usually make a point of saying if something is made in Italy, USA, England, etc.

Retailers are pretty iffy though, especially the bigger ones such as Barneys, NM and BG. Barneys will put imported even if it's denim made in Japan and NM / BG mess up the country of origin all the time. Just got a BoO oxford that was listed as imported but was actually USA made
post #13 of 75
There are great items made in china, there are also greedy american business that chose try to make things the cheapest they can and charge as much as possible.

Why are americans so brainwashed into thinking made in america means good quality... just look at american cars, a lot of american made stuff is crap, like anywhere it depends on who is making it and what quality of raw materials they are using.

Who cares were it was made as long as the quality is good!

This thread should be, where can I find great quality for low prices...
post #14 of 75
Everything in my closet that was made in China has fallen apart, that's why.
post #15 of 75
There are times when I'd rather buy something manufactured in any third world country than by American apparel 'made in the U. S. of gay'
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