Sweatshops. My point is that I don't care what the nationality is of the people who make my handbags, but I do care that these people work in decent conditions, get paid a decent wage, etc. China has a history of having very low standards or turning a blind eye to workers' conditions. Western Europe on the other hand has a long history of workers' unions. I'm not saying there are no sweatshops in Western Europe or even the US, but they are illegal and the laws are enforced.What's illegal?
And I say that as an Italian.ITA with bdrmflr. Out of curiosity, does it make a difference if the chinese factory is not a sweatshop but a factory with conditions comparable to Italian factories? Would you ladies then be wiling to pay as much for a "made in china" bag as a "made in italy" bag? It's interesting that these threads use phrases such as "chinese labor" and "italian craftsman." Can there not be chinese craftsmen as well? Factory conditions are not always a reflection of workmanship.