Hi, all. I'm new to this forum, but I have been a browser of the comments/discussions for a while. Based on some of the research I did using the site, I recently purchased some a. testoni brand dress shoes because the were "Made in Italy". I noticed that many of the well-known brands of dress shoes are no longer made in the U.S.A. or Europe. Most are made in Asia, Dominican Rep., or other third-world country. Are there big differences in material quality or craftsmanship based on the country of origin or is that just a common misconception?
It just so happens that a similar question has been asked in my part-time MBA - Global Environment of Business class at Texas Christian University. As part of a class project, my team and I are performing research for a U.S.A. based clothing manufacturer. They are considering offshoring their manufacturing to Asian factories. I am interested in using this forum post to get respondents for a survey administered through Qualtrics.com that will gauge your interest in foreign-made clothing. You can access the survey here:
Please note that, other than this class project, my team and I have no direct affiliation with the company that manufactures the clothing. While we will be sharing the survey responses with this company as part of the project, we do not make mention of the company name or product anywhere in the survey. Thus, we feel that we aren't "advertising" the clothing in this forum. We simply need data to support our analysis.
All personal information collected during the survey will be kept anonymous. You won't provide your name during the survey, and any personal information provided by you will remain strictly confidential. The survey is completely voluntary, and you'll be free to exit at any time. If there are any questions that you feel uncomfortable answering, you will be able to skip the questions and move on.
Of course, I'll stick around for the discussion in the thread as well. I'm interested in learning more about the impact of "country of origin" on the decision-making process from a customer's perspective. I'm new to the world of "high-end" clothing, so I have a lot of learning to do.