I was interested and quite surprised when I wrote about Jae Mills' new label Commoners Alike, that one of the main talking points in the comments was how it's all being manufactured in China. I come from a family of rag traders - on one side, my Auntie Debbie owns MOA in Grey Lynn, a company that's been trading for over 21 years, proudly (and fiercely) manufacturing locally since its inception. On the other side, my Uncle Brent owns a company that creates ranges for shops like EZIBUY and The Warehouse, all manufactured in China. My first foray into the fashion industry was working for Little Brother, another New Zealand made product. I had my own label for a while which was all made in Auckland.
But I have to be honest. Made in New Zealand would never matter enough to me to be the difference between buying an item of clothing or not. I don't have a lot of loyalty to the local manufacturing industry. While I do think it's admirable if people persist in manufacturing here in New Zealand, I don't know that the quality level is higher than manufacturing offshore, but the price certainly is.
So here are my questions to you:
Do you care about clothing made in New Zealand?
Do you prefer to buy clothing made in New Zealand?
Do you think the quality level matches the price demanded?
Is it an ethical consideration?
Are you willing to pay a higher price for clothing made in New Zealand?
Is the quality level of made in New Zealand clothing higher than that of clothing made in China?
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