It is not the best quality regardless, but I always find some solace in seeing clothing made in the US. Remember, though, that often minor parts are assembled in the US, while the majority of the garment is made elsewhere. That is always a nasty little loophole.
Until recently Saipan was a major manufacturing centre for "Made in USA" using labour from China and paying basically Chinese rates.
Originally Posted by From our friend wiki:
In years past, the main economic driving force in Saipan was garment manufacturing, driven largely by foreign contract workers (mainly from China). As of March, 2007 19 companies manufactured garments on Saipan. In addition to many foreign-owned and -run companies, many well-known U.S. brands also operated garment factories in Saipan for much of the last three decades. Brands include Gap (as of 2000 operating 6 factories there), Levi Strauss, Phillips-Van Heusen, Abercrombie & Fitch, L'Oreal subsidiary Ralph Lauren (Polo), Lord & Taylor,, Tommy Hilfiger and Walmart.
Currently, there are no garment manufacturers on the island, with the last one closing in February, 2009.
 At least 22 garment factories on Saipan were named defendants in the class action suit filed in the District Court here. It is the biggest court action facing the local garment industry.
Among the companies named in the suits were The Gap, Cutter & Buck, Dayton Hudson, J. Crew Group, J.C. Penny, Sears Roebuck & Co., The Limited, Oshkosh B'Gosh, The Gymboree, the Associated Merchandising Corp., the May Company, Lane Bryant, Wal-Mart, Tommy Hilfiger, and the Warnaco Group. Major buyers of Saipan-made apparel products include the Gap, Liz Claiborne, Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren's Polo line.
Lawsuit vs. garment firms alleges labor violations
Twenty three foreign garment workers yesterday filed a civil action in federal court against 22 local garment manufacturers alleging violations of federal and local labor laws. The suit, alleged violations of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, the CNMI Nonresident Workers Act, the CNMI Minimum Wage and Hour Act and other laws for nonpayment of overtime premiums and minimum wage.
The garment firms produce clothing for some of the nation's leading fashion companies and clothing retail outlets.
The garment workers were not identified for fear that if their true identity is revealed, they will face physical violence, immediate deportation to China or their country of origin, likely arrest upon arrival in China or their country of origin and an order by China and other authorities accelerating the repayment of debt incurred for recruitment fees. They also fear that their families may face similar threats of physical and economic retaliation if their identity is revealed, the complaint explained. The plaintiffs brought the action on their own behalf and on behalf of a class of at least 25,000 similarly situated nonresident garment workers who are, or have been, employed by the garment manufacturers.
You want A Harris's guide to shoe antiquing which is linked in the pinned "HOF: Glossary of terms/ Best posts/ FAQ/ Links" thread in Men's Clothing.
so how often are you suppose to polish? And is it necessary to strip down the polish on a new pair?
I assume once you get the color you want then you stick with a clear polish?
How is the "midnight" or "midnight black" on Edward Green's achieved? (or is that an EG secret)
His guide doesn't explain everything... I was looking for something more detailed but that was a good read.
oh yea, another question... will indigo permanently stain expensive shoes?
I've been trying to find a moc-toed spring/summer shoe with a more substantial sole than sperrys. The Sperry's 75th anniversary boat shoe looks to have a much thicker sole than their standard boat shoe, but can anyone confirm this? http://www.sperrytopsider.com/shoppi...1479&sColor=22
I'm not sure its really worth the $90 price tag, though, considering it probably won't really be any better than the other boat shoes I've owned (for much less). Is the 75th anniversary collection supposed to be of higher quality?
In any case, how are the soles on the L.L. Bean blucher moc? Are they more comfortable than Sperry soles? What I really want are Quoddy Ring boots with Vibram soles, but I dont think they're available until F/W 2010