Part of the reason retailers are so secretive, I suppose, is that they want to protect their "house" brand, and admitting that a product is in fact not truly made in-house somehow diminishes the house brand and pumps up the subcontractor. Â Also, in some cases it is possible -- once one knows who the subcontracters are -- to go straight to the source and get a comparable or identical product for a much lower price. Â You can understand that retailers have no wish to encourage this practice.
Ummm... not really. Retailers won't reveal sources because they have faith in their own product and brand image. When Gucci sells you a suit, they want you to be excited about the Gucci name, and have you feel that Gucci in general sells a high quality product, they don't need another name to back up their product. As for getting an identical product, with shoes that is true (the numerous EG examples prove this), but with suits, not at all.