Originally Posted by unbelragazzo
Some of the same reasons. You might not agree with labor practices in a 3rd world country, for instance. You might think it's important to help out business in your area rather than somewhere you don't know anyone. You might feel like it's a more rewarding experience if you can meet someone who was directly involved in making your suit.
I agree with all of this. I remember two years ago showing up at a factory in New York with all the workers stood outside, it was closed because there was no work. That really hit home to me because up until then I hadn't really seen the effects of the downturn. I don't just fill an order out and email it abroad, I see these people and work with them about three times a week, so they are "real" to me. I am sure many people would be upset if they got fired because their job was outsourced abroad. I don't want to see that happen especially because they are damned good at what they do. I mean would you like to see this lady lose her job? I wouldn't. This may seem dramatic but its a reality.
Another reason for making locally is its good for the environment ie less shipping involved in manufacture and delivery of product.
The bottom line business reason why I use local workers, is because the quality is great, not only that but communication is easier (they speak english) and I can get into that shop or I can see that tailor personally and ensure things get done properly, so its great for quality control and the product at the end of the day.