7 High End Brands That Are Made in China ...

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7 High End Brands That Are Made in China ...
7 High End Brands That Are Made in China ...

High End Brands we all lust after really have to work hard to minimize the production costs while keeping their products “luxurious” and “high end”. I’m talking about those “Made in France” or “Made in Italy” labels people want to see inside bags they’ve paid hundreds and even thousands of dollars for, labels that are tiny, labels that nobody really sees, labels that read much better than the ones saying “Made in China”, labels that, apparently mean a lot! So, how do they do it? Well, the un-glamorous fact is that most high end brands outsource work, although some of them wouldn’t even dream of actually saying that in public! Luckily, a very small percentage of high end brands has no problem admitting their stuff are made in China and some, like Prada, believe that’s not only the most profitable option but the best in terms of quality as well! So, if you ever wanted to know which high end brands dropped slow but knowledgeable artisans for fast, skilled, easily adaptable factory workers, do keep reading!

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Prada

Oh my, could it be? Yes, there is a strong possibility that your beloved Prada bag is made in China! Surprising? Not really, especially if you’re a true Prada fan that likes to be informed about everything and anything involving this brand. Miuccia Prada is actually one of very few high end brands owners that was actually looking forward to moving part of the production to China (as well as various other countries) stating that: (and I quote) “Sooner or later, it will happen to everyone because [Chinese manufacturing] is so good.”

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Prada, a luxury brand known for its high-quality and stylish products, has been producing some of its items in China for quite some time now. In addition to China, Prada also has production facilities in other countries such as Italy and Vietnam. This decision was made by the brand's owner, Miuccia Prada, who recognized the quality and efficiency of Chinese manufacturing. However, it is worth noting that not all of Prada's products are made in China, as the brand still values the traditional craftsmanship of its Italian roots. This move to diversify production locations has allowed Prada to cater to a wider market and meet the growing demand for their products.

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Coach

Those fabulous Coach bags we ladies love so much are produced in China nowadays and although some long- time Coach fans say this was a very bad move, others really don’t really care where they beloved bags come from. People who had a chance to visit Coach Factories in China claim they are a very nice place to work in so, if Coach really manages to satisfy the needs of both workers and customers, I’d say, let them enjoy the extra profit.

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Nevertheless, it's the quality craftsmanship and chic designs that have earned Coach its reputation. Despite the migration of manufacturing, the brand maintains strict quality control measures to ensure each bag meets its high standards. It's the blend of luxury and durability that fans adore, regardless of geography. Whether it's a classic tote or a trendy crossbody, a Coach purse stands as a statement of sophisticated style and practicality—a combination that fashionistas value. Meanwhile, the company's commitment to better working conditions is a conscious step towards responsible fashion, allowing consumers to make a choice that feels as good as it looks.

Frequently asked questions

No, not all high-end brands are made outside of China. Some luxury brands have manufacturing facilities in China, where they produce a portion of their products.

Yes, you can find luxury clothing that is made in China. Many top clothing brands have some items in their collections that are manufactured in China due to the country's expertise in textile production.

Yes, some Marc Jacobs clothing is made in China. Like many luxury brands, Marc Jacobs has diverse production locations, and China is one of the countries where they produce certain items.

No, 'Made in China' does not necessarily mean lower quality. Many high-end brands manufacture in China because of the high-quality craftsmanship and advanced technology available there.

You can usually find out where a luxury item is made by checking the label or the brand's website. The label should indicate the country of origin, stating if it is made in China or another country.

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Armani

The next on my list of high end brands who aren’t afraid of labeling their products “Made in China” (or any other country those products are produced it) is, of course, Armani – a brand that’s produces fashion for all pockets and price ranges. Your gorgeous Armani watch might say “Made in China” and the same goes for many other items such as jeans or Armani Exchange pieces.

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Armani's diversified manufacturing strategy allows the brand to optimize costs while maintaining a level of quality synonymous with its name. As the Emporio Armani line caters to a more affordable segment, the presence of a "Made in China" label is more common, reflecting a globalized approach to production. Giorgio Armani, the more premium line, still holds its craftsmanship to the highest standards, but don't be surprised to find that these too can come from various parts of the world. It's a testament to Armani's global reach and its ability to balance exclusivity with accessibility.

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Burberry

A lot of media dust had been raised once this popular British brand announced the decision to close the production in Wales and relocate it in Asia or America! Shocking? Outrageous? Nope, ladies, the word we’re looking for here is “Profitable”! This decision had put this, once quite traditional, brand on the list of many high end brands who now produce some of their goods in China and, although some find that very disappointing, reading various forums made me realize there are still tons of people who don’t really care, as long as the quality stays the same, of course!

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Some might say that Burberry's heart is in Britain while its stitches might soon be from elsewhere. After all, iconic as the brand may be with its trench coats and signature check, the bottom line in fashion's fierce market often means cutting costs to boost margins. And while aficionados may bemoan the loss of the "Made in Britain" label, it seems that the allure of a savvy deal could just be too tempting for both the company and consumers who eye luxury over locality. If the classic designs maintain their panache, the label inside might become just a whisper of provenance in a global symphony.

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Mulberry

Mulberry bags start at about $900 but could end up costing you more than $5,000 which many folks consider outrageous, especially now, when it’s widely known this is one of those high end brands who doesn’t mind stamping their leather goods “Made in China”. I, personally, don’t mind as long as they do it in a way that makes both their customers and their employees happy!

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Mulberry is a luxury fashion brand that is highly sought after for its handbags and other leather goods. Founded in 1971 in Somerset, England, the company has become a global name in luxury fashion. While the majority of Mulberry's products are made in England, some of their bags and accessories are made in China. Despite the controversy surrounding luxury goods made in China, Mulberry ensures that their labor practices are ethical and that their employees are well taken care of. Mulberry's prices range from $900 to over $5,000, making them a luxury item for those who can afford them.

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Marc Jacobs

Popular, commercial, relatively inexpensive Marc by Marc Jacobs line could have a “Made in China” label so, if you bought your MJ goodies in the official store, this tiny details definitely shouldn’t make you question their authenticity. Furthermore, fashion consultant Brent Klein confirmed this, stating that Marc Jacobs bags really are made in China although the leather used to make them is imported from Italy. Does that mean even those uberexpensive bags could have the “Made in China” label? Apparently, yes and… Guess what? It’s really not such a big deal!

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D&G

Although those expensive, luxury products are still made in Italy, it is no secret that this popular brand likes to outsource work! So, if you buy D&G glasses, don’t be surprised if they are “Made in China”! But China is not the only popular destination which means less expensive garments such as shirts or underwear could be made in Turkey or even in Serbia. Unlike some high end brands who resort to barely legal actions such as producing their stuff in China leaving only tiny pieces (and of course the “Made in …“ tag) to be added in France or Italy, D&G stuff are really made in the country noted in the “Made in” stamp/ writing/ label and, although it might not always be Italy, you can at least give them credits for being fair to their customers.

But what about all those high end brands whose business strategy involves false labeling? Well, quite honestly, I don’t even dare mentioning their names as they would probably hunt me down and sue me for everything I’ve got! You can, however, read one very interesting book called Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster which deals with this popular phenomenon as well as many other interesting things involving high end brands we often overpay! Be very careful though, as realizing that even some of the most prestigious, most high end brands outsource might ruin them for you! But, tell me – do you even care about that label nobody really sees or “Made in China” means “cheaper, potentially fake” to you?

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Victoria Beckham is a manky, attention seeking chav. She only decided to be a fashion designer as can't sing solo and still wants attention. She never spent a day working in or studying subject

I don't really care if my products read "made in China". My computer says that and I'm not crying about it.

Can someone please tell me where exactly in China these clothes are made? I need to know factories. I know a guy who owns his store of clothes and he said that he buying them for extremely cheap price from china( and trust me its not fake) but he does not want me to know where is it. Pls help me guys

Italian made shoes means luxury or the best to our family, my dad's favorite shoes are his Italian loafers and both grandfathers swore by their Italian shoes. My paternal grandfather would only wear Italian shoes until the late 60s which was his last visit to Europe, he was traveling with two of my dad’s brothers a few weeks before my parents wedding. They were in Switzerland shopping for men’s shoes. They were surprised by the pair of Bally shoes that my uncle bought because they are actually made in MARIKINA (Philippines). Our family is from Bacolod City, Negros Occidental Philippines. We are land owners in the south of the island. I have never been to Marikina but I am aware that my INDESTRUCTIBLE school shoes (Gregg shoes) is made in Marikina. We had to DESTROY our shoes in order to get a new one because it doesn’t die. After the incident with my uncle in Switzerland, my grandfather started having shoes handmade in Marikina. After reviewing your article i was hoping to see the Philippines in the list of countries competing for these contracts (outsource high end brands) especially when we support a lot of them from Chanel, LV, Celine, Prada, Mulberry, Burberry, etc. Outsourcing is not an issue with me, LV has been doing it for awhile (France, US, Italy, etc) as long as the quality remains the same. A perfect example of this is the peppers used in TABASCO, not all of the peppers are grown in the small private island Louisiana. The pepper seeds are all from the same plant, planted all around the world, harvested and returned back to Louisiana to be processed. I believe that if a BRAND wants to maintain a certain “STATUS” by demanding a HIGHER PRICE POINT than other brands, it is still IMPORTANT THE FINAL STITCH of all High end LUXURY ITEMS should be done at the MAIN FACTORY. - every product can be outsourced (max 75% of the work) and returned to its original mother / base factory for completion and final QA - justify price increase - control counterfeit

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