Hey there- you are right about Tano being a family business (its 3rd generation now) and that Tano bags are sturdy and great looking, but the EU thing is not correct. Tano has two factories: one in China and one in India. They have very high standards in their factories in terms of working conditions and they pay their workers very well. There are no child laborers, etc. of course! The leather is imported from Italy, and the hardware from Japan. Most designer bags are made in Asia now, like you said, because the labor is cheaper and there is a large pool of highly skilled hand craftsmen there. But whereas other designers charge exhorbitant mark ups on their bags, Tano passes on the savings to its customers!