It's supposed to symbolize good manufacturing and high standards, but have you truly noticed a difference between your made in Italy garments vs. made in China garments? Quite honestly, made in Italy doesn't have that cachet that it used to in my opinion. I've had several Prada shirts and pants, all made in Italy, that were literally falling apart at the seams after just a few months of wear. Furthermore, there are many illegal immigrants and seamstresses from China working in Italian mills. On the other hand, much of my made in China clothes have lasted years and are still going strong. At the end of the day, it all comes down to quality control at the factory. If you have good quality control, you will have sturdy garments that will last for a long time. If you have poor quality control, regardless of whether it's made in England or Italy, it will fall apart. And from personal experience, much of the stuff carrying the made in Italy tag today is mass-produced crap that is not meant to last.