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  1. Many luxury handbag owners refuse to purchase bags made in China (or Chinese territory countries), because of their own reasons.

    There are many Chinese owned and run factories in Europe (especially Italy) that employ employees (originally from China and perhaps with experience working in factories there)- given that, does the tag/label stating "Made in Italy" make a difference to you over a "Made in China" label, when both could mean the bag was assembled in a Chinese factory? If "yes", I'm curious why the label stating a European country is important. I'm asking because I found the "Made in France" vs "Made in USA" thread interesting.

    Please, no personal attacks, put downs or judging others. Be respectful. Thank you!
     
  2. Labor in Europe is strictly regulated. I am willing to pay 2K for a bag if I know the employees making it get decent salaries, paid vacations, and benefits.

    I would not pay the same price for a product made in a country that does not have the same labor laws and ethical standards.

    Buying from China is almost unavoidable because of their weight in the manufacturing of global goods. But when you buy a luxury product, you know the price does not reflect a tangible value, so my purchasing standards are different than when I buy, let's say, a pillow.
     
  3. I prefer Made in the USA above all else (probably for obvious reasons). Products made in the USA create American jobs so I'm happier to support my own.
     
  4. Exactly...
     
  5. Fully agree!
     
  6. A Chinese factory meaning "a factory in China" vs. a "factory in a European country with strict labor laws that is employed predominately with Chinese people" are two entirely different things. Workers in European countries aren't known to slip notes into the products they are assembling pleading for help/rescue and decrying the torturous working conditions:

    http://metro.co.uk/2015/12/21/another-cry-for-help-has-been-found-in-a-pair-of-primark-socks-5578156/

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2616288/NY-woman-finds-letter-pleading-help-hidden-Saks-shopping-bag-Chinese-prisoner-wrote-inside-slave-factory-operation.html

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/07/chinese-prisoner-letter-identified_n_4233949.html

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/toy-box-letter-china-labor-camp-article-1.1228302

    I'm happy to pay more for goods manufactured in the US when I can get them (check your labels, everyone!). For a French fashion house, I'd prefer my products made in the country of the company's origin. I doubt many people would want a BMW assembled in Florida (even if the parts come from Germany) over one from Germany.
     

  7. Entirely agree with you!
     
  8. This is an interesting point, and I agree entirely about the quality of standards for workers. Maybe I misunderstand the manufacture process but Made in France, USA, Italy etc this is where the products are put together, where is LV canvas produced? Is that France, Italy, USA or is the canvas, leather and other components shipped from countries such as China where the labour standards are poor in comparison to Europe and USA?
     
  9. #9 May 18, 2016
    Last edited: May 18, 2016
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    I've always been willing to pay the extra amount in exchange for fair-trade labor and products, especially if it's local. Craftsmen, artisans, farmers, etc are passionate about their trade and it reflects throughout their work...love, pride, and attention to detail cannot be cheaply outsourced and mass-produced.
     

  10. +100
     
  11. Totally agree with you!