Comments on: 100 years of magical thinking How to start a clothing line or run the one you have, better. Thu, 06 Aug 2015 17:38:18 +0000 hourly 1 By: Raya Saab Thu, 13 Dec 2012 20:49:38 +0000 Articles and events like this is the pure reason why I am a big advocate for local production. Offshore production can be valuable and great if businesses cared for social responsibility. But unfortunately, our mass-market environment triggers businesses to go offshore just in order to eliminate costs and produce economies of scale. Focusing too much on profitability, makes them ignore how important business ethics and social responsiblity are when you have workers who are trying to make a living involved. We have many experienced workers here in the U.S who are skilled and educated in their profession, but we still choose to take advantage of poorer countries who are willing to work for very cheap in order to barely make ends meet. I admire businesses who are trying to be more socially responsible such as H&M who worked with the Bangladesh government to increase wages by 80% I also admire local designers who enable manufacturers, pattern makers, and skilled workers get involved and be part of a great opportunity. As desginers, entrepreneurs, and creative individuals we need to not be a part of the typical process and really stand for social responsibility and sustainability as we are the future.

Here is the link about H&M:

By: Mr. F-I Sun, 09 Dec 2012 02:43:25 +0000 People pay $6000 for a single sewing machine? And it comes with a table and automatic thread trimmer, right?

Disney apparently claims that they haven’t done business with this place in a over year. While I’m reluctant to give Disney a pass, they probably have good records because of this kind of risk. It could be that the unscrupulous management at this place also engages in piracy? But if so, why doesn’t Disney think about *that* risk of doing business offshore? Or maybe they figure that whenever they get caught dealing with these places, they can claim piracy and avoid blame.

How many of you using offshore contractors are thinking, “Compliance and safety are important to us and we EXPECT all our licensees to have in place compliant standards for fire and safety conditions at any factory that may produce our brand.” Well, that’s what Sean Combs’ ENYCE says about this place. They don’t deny doing business there, but instead they place the blame squarely on the contractor. Maybe ENYCE should sue them for breach of contract and, I don’t know, throw defamation or loss of goodwill or something in for good measure. Much of the blame does belong on the local management, but I suppose P. Diddy can’t afford the airline ticket to go check the place himself?

6,000 people a year die in factory fires? Wow. That’s like twice the annual US death rate from ALL fires.

By: Sarah_H. Thu, 06 Dec 2012 17:05:10 +0000 Almost exactly on the nose for price. My Bernina 630 (one down from top of the line) is over $6000, maybe more this year. The 800 series is over $8000.

By: Natasha E Thu, 06 Dec 2012 04:49:17 +0000 Which sounds about right for a machine made in Switzerland since only the higher end Berninas etc are still truly Swiss made vs Swiss engineered. All the rest including mine are made in Thailand.

By: Alison Cummins Wed, 05 Dec 2012 14:51:48 +0000 Frances, I was curious so I googled.

1 USD in 1967 had the same buying power as 6.93 USD today. (I can’t find the equivalent for Canada but I’ll assume the change was proportional.)
1 CHF was worth about 0.2375 CAD in 1967 and 1.07 CAD today.

So the Swiss-made machine you paid $250 for in 1967 would cost you on the order of $6,800 today.