Definitely construction, fabric, and materials vary significantly among clothing designers and manufacturers, and among lines made by the same designer and/or manufacturer. I came to this board after searching for higher quality clothing and deciding that I am willing to "pay up" to buy higher quality clothing. I began my search because of my experiences with department store (Foley's, Nordstrom, etc.) clothing shrinking, fading, tearing and pilling after only one or two wearings and washes. The grade of materials, fabric, and the "goodness" of construction were just not there, and the wearing and washing performance showed. I also noticed that these clothes were made in low wage countries such as Sri Lanka, China, Macau, The Philippines, India, Pakistan, Brazil, Guatamala, etc. My working assumption is that certain designers and manufacturers seek to maximize their profits -- and there's nothing inherently wrong with that -- by sending low grade fabric and materials to low wage countries where they can have low income workers working in un-airconditioned sweatshops construct them poorly to low manufacturing standards and then export them to the United States where your Average American who only cares about buying the latest and greatest fad or fashion will pay whatever price is displayed at the mall for these items by charging them on their 18% APR credit card and worrying about paying for it all later, whenever that is. Then, the process repeats ad nauseum as new fads and fashions are created and the Average American continues to value these faddish fashion items more than his or her hard-earned dollars and makes the trade with Foley's, Nordstrom, etc. accordingly. I decided that I don't want to be the Average American and that the lower prices just aren't worth it -- you end up paying more in the long run because you have to keep replacing your clothes sooner. So, now I purposefully avoid shopping malls, department stores, and all clothing made in Southeast Asia, Middle Asia, South America, and Central America. That's my way of beating the odds that I will be sold a load of crap when buying clothes for me and my family. Now, I focus on specific designers and manufacturers who have demonstrated a track record of making good, high quality clothing that lasts and comes in styles and colors that I like. Then, I go about searching for places where I can buy end-of-season, overstocks, etc. of these specific brands. eBay has been one place, premium outlet stores have been another. So, I end up buying last year's Zanella, Dunhill, or Canali etc. made in Europe at 50% to 80% off the original retail price last year. Some brands I like, Faconnable for example, use good materials, good manufacturing standards, and good design but manufacture in different places including USA, Canada, and the aforementioned low wage countries. I'll still pick these up whenever I see a design I really like at a discount price, regardless of place of manufacture. So, in the end, "quality" to me comes down to the designer's and manufacturer's intent: Either... 1) sell clothes of good, timeless design, crafted from long-lasting fabrics and materials, and made to high manufacturing standards to discriminating buyers looking for long-term value, OR 2) keep a pulse on the latest and greatest fads, and then create cheaply and quickly designed and manufactured clothes so that we can get them into the U.S. malls where the Average American anxiously awaits with credit card in hand to buy them before the fashionable fad passes and his interest moves on to the next fad. Both intentions are good ways to make money from the designers' and manufacturers' perspectives. But, from this buyer's perspective, intention #1 is best.