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Monday, 29 October 2007

Made in Italy. It says.


Over at the Bag Snobs a dispute has broken out in the comments about the relative merits of handbags made in Italy versus those made in China. Who would not prefer a handbag lovingly crafted in a sun-dappled Bologna bottega by craftsmen with centuries of tradition at their fingertips?

Reality: European Union regulations are so weak that you only need to put the handle on in Italy and you can claim it's made there. Outside Florence there are whole company towns comprising of nothing but Chinese foreign workers.

The only way tell the quality of a bag is not the label nor the place of manufacture - but to look at it.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

What's this? Logic? Well, I never...

Then again, it's to be expected that blind love of a (brand) name would extend to blind love of the (supposed) manufacturing country.

Thomas said...

Having visited factories in China several years ago, I can safely say that it is impossible to imagine what they are like. The experience left me if not changed, than certainly a little more thoughtful.

Right now I'm looking for an "heirloom" bag - one I can pass onto my currently theoretical children - and I have to admit my thinking is biased towards some sort of small, European craft line. What said line will be is still undetermined.

Camelmeister said...

Seeing, and feeling quality, is surely subjective, most definately nothing to to do with Brand-Snow-Blindness (although, of course that does happen).
I would suggest a Zippo lighter to test the leather from the chaff.

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