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Does "Made in Italy" matter anymore?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by othertravel, Aug 22, 2011.

  1. othertravel

    othertravel Distinguished Member

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    With Armani, Boss, Paul Smith, Burberry and even mainline Zegna suits not being made in Italy anymore, does a suit's country of origin matter as much as construction? That is, would you be willing to pay an extra $100-200 for a suit because it was made in Italy over Spain or Turkey?

    What do you guys think?
     


  2. Cant kill da Rooster

    Cant kill da Rooster Distinguished Member

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    There was a big thread on this about a year ago. Can't remember the title but in general, yes it means more to me than made in China or made in Thailand.
     


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    narcissism Senior Member

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  4. Harold falcon

    Harold falcon Stylish Dinosaur

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    Yeah, this has been over-discussed.
     


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    in stitches Kung Joo Moderator

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    no such thing. this is SF.

    tbh i was a little bummed that my zegna is made in switzerland not italy. i have since gotten over it. :D
     


  7. thiago

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    just purchased a burberry suit made in italy...derp derp
     


  8. mr.orange

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    anybody have a problem with "Hecho En Mexico"?
     


  9. Master Squirrel

    Master Squirrel Distinguished Member

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    I have a problem with all clothing not produced in Ungava.
     


  10. imatlas

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    Yabbut that Zegna factory in Switzerland is just a few miles over the border from Italy, and mostly employs Italians.
     


  11. in stitches

    in stitches Kung Joo Moderator

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    thank you kind sir. you have lifted a great burden from my shoulders. :)
     


  12. Klobber

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    Oh what the heck, I have plenty of made in Italy stuff that I would not necessarily place above "made in some other country". It is all bullshit... Look beyond the country and more towards whom manufactures/tailors the clothing.

    To equate made in Italy with excellence is an abuse of common sense - a whole heap of crap is also made there. Just enjoy your clothes and to fuck where they are made from. That some of British and Italian tailoring is high end / high class cant be denied, but we dont live in the 1700's anymore where the colonials must bow their heads to an englishman.

    If you have an eye for quality and/or style, you will surely find the pieces that make your wardrobe complete, irrespective of where the item was manufactured. Rant over, apologies for my abuse of the english language, and peace and love to you all :happy:
     
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  13. Gdot

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    The location of manufacture is certainly no guarantee of quality in and of itself.

    You might, however consider whether or not you consider yourself to be a 'friend' of the country of manufacture in terms of politics/policies. As every dollar you spend is a 'vote' so to speak for the country of manufacture.

    Money talks.
     


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    I'm guessing that labor costs in Italy are higher than Turkey, China, Thailand, etc... so the way I view it is that there must be a reason why they prefer to make their items in Italy...
     


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    +1
     


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