A few weeks ago I read an article in Financial Times about clothing brands moving their manufacturing sites out of Europe.
I read a similarly-themed article in the Wall Street Journal last week about textile production in China. Italy has been the king of luxury textiles since the 1950s, but they're seeing their dominance challenged by China. It used to be that high-end Italian textiles were clearly superior to Chinese ones and that Italian manufacturers could compete on quality if not on price. However, the quality gap is steadily declining, and it's possible to get wonderful textiles from China for a significantly lower price than in Italy.
So if firms apply the same quality control standards, I wouldn't really care about where their products are made. Let's hope they are scrupulous enough to pass some of savings to customers.
This is certainly true. The point is, though, that it doesn't happen over night. Japanese cars and electronics used to be crap; it took a long time, a lot of money, and a lot of will for them to become what they are today. For that matter, the same is true for Italian textiles. France and Great Britain used to be the producers of the world's best textiles. Italy managed to supplant them in the two decades after World War II. Moroccan manufacturers can produce some of the best shirts in the world if they are willing to spend the time, the money, and the effort and if they're run by people with the managerial smarts to do it. But it's not as simple as just wanting to.