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Do You Care Where Your Clothes Are Made?


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biarose biarose 7 years
I just buy from thrift stores.
Soniye Soniye 8 years
It is also ironic that people feel that in some way they are helping children by this sort of labor. Such twisted logic only serves those who want to feel happy about their choices. Indeed these conditions do not help villages, families or communities. Least of all children. It does create itinerant labor pools and continually drives the poor into a poorer state. It uproots and disbands families, yes it can create a working and lower middle class, but at expense of culture and ethnology. Thinking about how your money is spent and how it does affect others doesn't take too much effort.
Soniye Soniye 8 years
It is sad when people don't care beyond their own peripheral vision of life. Your dollar can be the strongest political statement you make. In a free country like the US that is a pretty sad thought. Yes, I think about it all the time. I know how the world is affected by cheap labor and cheap, disposable product.
i-am-awesomeness i-am-awesomeness 8 years
And as terrible as the conditions in sweatshops are for these children, it's either work there or see yourself and your entire family starve. In all honesty, buying clothes made by children in sweatshops is HELPING them and their families(also possibly putting younger siblings through school). It's a real Catch-22 there, but NOT buying clothes from these factories only causes the children to suffer.
i-am-awesomeness i-am-awesomeness 8 years
No, not at all. I'm very picky when it comes to clothes esp. since I have so many things to consider when shopping. I'm petite, very self-conscious of a small chest, I must have detail of some sort and I hate plain clothes, and I'm a college kid. If I throw into the mix where the clothes are made, I think I'd have to join a nudist colony or something. And I really don't understand when people say that their Chinese and Indian-produced clothing doesn't last long. I've had a lot of my foreign-produced clothes for years and they still hold up well and look good. Hmm, guess my mommy is just a super-clothes washer! :)
Jaelle Jaelle 8 years
I try very hard not to buy things that are made in China for a variety of reasons: the environment, human rights, factory conditions and child labour I don't have a problem paying a bit more for clothes that are made in N. America because good quality fabrics and workmanship are always worth the money. I try to buy classic pieces that will last rather than cheap trendy stuff. That being said, I have about 10 of those stretchy camisoles from Smart Set that I wear under everything and can't seem to live without and they're made in China so shame on me...
susugar susugar 8 years
I do care....there are too many countries making money over child exploitation...those children work more than 12h/day in miserable conditions and with no respect for their integrity and rights to education and better living conditions... I don't know what more to say, but as a fashion lover I think we all, all fashionistas should stand up for these children...they deserve it...
leetlehales leetlehales 8 years
yeah it's frustrating to see that it's made in china w/italian prices, but the reason it's made in china is because the fabric/trims/details are really expensive and they have to source cheaper ones. if they actually made the garments in europe, it'd probably be double the price because they'd be using original quality fabrics/trim which makes production REALLY expensive.
Shop_Oholic Shop_Oholic 8 years
I admit it, I do it (guilty as charged). What makes me MAD though is when something is Made in China and they are charging Italian prices - like Marc by Marc Jacobs and Theory.
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 8 years
Sorry i don't really look to see where its made, just how you can wash it and the price.
Kkkkkkkkkkk Kkkkkkkkkkk 8 years
I don't think it's possible these days to generalise about the work practices of different countries, for example I can buy a $400 Marc by Marc Jacobs dress and $25 H&M dress, both of which were made in China. Does it stand to reason that the $400 dress couldn't have been manufactured in a bad factory but the $25 dress must have been? I'm not so sure... But as a rule of thumb if something is ridiculously cheap i would assume that somebody must've been screwed along the way and it probably wasn't the retailer. Eg: Sarah Jessica Parker's "cheapest dress in the world" retailing at $8.95... she must know and everyone who bought that dress must know that you cannot physically make a dress like that for that price, but I'm sure it didn't stop people buying it.
sldc sldc 8 years
We all vote with our dollar. I can understand and forgive being unaware of severe exploitation or even complete ignorance, but simply not caring? This sort of lack of empathy is disturbingly antisocial.
leetlehales leetlehales 8 years
i work for a huge clothing manufacturer. most of our designs are made domestically (usa) but if the design is intricate or has many details, we send them to manufacturer's overseas. our vendors are legal and audited all the time... no problems. i never look at labels-- doesn't bother me if it's made in a different country.
inertia inertia 8 years
I live in Japan and, when possible, I like to buy Japanese-made clothing. I'd like to support local designers and craftsmen because I don't want to live in a place where creative young people have no chance of making it in the fields they love. Local businesses give back to the community and economy. Furthermore, the clothes from small local brands are always beautiful and more in touch with local trends/tastes than any imported brand. However, it's so much more expensive to buy local that I just can't afford to do this as often as I'd like. For example, lace-trimmed camisoles for layering are a staple of every woman's wardrobe here. It's $50 for a locally-made one, $10 for the Chinese version. I'll spend the extra money to get a distinctive and gorgeous local piece that goes OVER the camisole, but I can't afford to do that unless I pad out my wardrobe with inexpensive imported basics.
vanitypot vanitypot 8 years
No, because I live in a Third World country and buying from my own country helps my fellow countrymen. They generally receive a minimum wage starting at Php382 (around $8) a day (or possibly less than that) so buying from local manufacturers and SMEs can really be a big help for my fellow Filipinos.
MrsJamesTKirk MrsJamesTKirk 8 years
I never really check, but there are certain companies that I stay away from like Abercrombie and such.
emalove emalove 8 years
I've never really thought about it too much, but maybe I should...
Deeuh Deeuh 8 years
Sometimes it bothers me, but usually I don't even bother to look for the "Made in xx" tag. When I go shop at H&M or Forever21, for example, I know that the clothes there are cheap and affordable for a reason.
brittanyk brittanyk 8 years
I wish I could buy stuff that wasn't made in third world countries, but the reality is that I mostly can't afford to buy stuff that isn't made in them.
jessy777 jessy777 8 years
I never thought about it until I was traveling through India and Thailand and saw the conditions up close. The amount work these people do and the amount they are paid is appalling. India make exported marble furniture and these craft workers sit for hours making the pieces inhaling the dust and paint. Eventually some of these workers go blind from the chemicals and dust. At the same time, without the jobs these people would have nothing. I am a supporter of a greater global economy with unified sanctions and regulations.
kiwitwist kiwitwist 8 years
I check but if I really like it then I buy it.
RoyalBlueMoss RoyalBlueMoss 8 years
I do, It's important!
Greentea1203 Greentea1203 8 years
I don't really care. sorry. If I like it, I buy it.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
I never really check to see wear the clothes could possibly be made...
fashion4ward fashion4ward 8 years
I stopped shopping at Abercrombie a few years ago, because of their child labor in a third world country controversy.
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