Shirt production costs

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by gregory, Mar 15, 2004.

  1. gregory

    gregory Senior member

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    Hi people,

    A friend of mine wrote a paper on African competitiveness today and he reproduced a table from a paper he read (Biggs et al) that I thought might be interesting to our group:

    COST COMPARISON (US$) FOR MEN's CASUAL LONG-SLEEVED SHIRT

    Zimbabwe $5.75
    Kenya $5.37
    Senegal $7.73
    Ghana $5.34
    India $8.18  (incl $3.00 quota cost)
    UAE $7.13 (incl $1.50 quota cost)

    Source: Biggs et al's estimates (1994). Biggs, t. et al "Africa Can Compete." World Bank Discussion Paper 242. 1994. pg. 19.
     
  2. LabelKing

    LabelKing Senior member

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    One rarely sees clothing items produced in those mentioned African nations. I wonder what the shirt prodcution costs for places such as Japan, Italy, France, UK, etc. are. Perchance for high end items.
     
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    jcusey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    A friend of mine and his wife went to visit her sister while she was in the Peace Corps in Guinea. He had a couple of flowerdy shirts made for him; and if I recall correctly, each was under $15. Not the greatest examples of the shirtmaker's art, but that's okay. He wouldn't have noticed if they had been, and I would imagine that fine fabrics and good sewing machines are hard to come by in Conakry.
     
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    Shirtmaven Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    The scary part of those numbers is that I think the price might even include fabric. I remeber hearing that labor in Vietnam was about $2.00.

    Of course these shirts are merrowed and badly fused. I have met some wonderful african Tailors. They are very fast. Some have great skills but it is hard to convice them to take their time and produce a finer garment.
     
  5. gregory

    gregory Senior member

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    Yes, the costs I provided include fabrics and other material (e.g. buttons).
     

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