In Italy where I currently live, the new Spring Summer 08 collections are slowly coming to the shops. So today I decided to have a look at what mid-range designers, not high-street, offer this season. However, I was aghast at the prices they started to charge for simple ready-to-wear pieces that are manufactured in Asian countries. The worst offender that day was Diesel which makes nice clothes, but is nothing special, mind you. They now charge up to 200 USD for a printed, short-sleeve cotton tee-shirt! I was so angry that I asked the s.a. what justified such a high price tag. She babbled something about special fabric (cotton!) and different lines (the tag was silver not cream!), but the fact is, there is no justification for such an outrageous price! I don't know what to do. I like shopping and I like nice clothes, but I am not stupid and I don't like being ripped off. So I left the store empty-handed but kind of furious. Has anyone else noticed a similar unjustified price increase and is also upset about that?