For years Tradsville has lamented how many classic items are now made overseas, and so, in the wake of the China-NBA story this week, I asked Ivy Style’s Facebook group if anyone had become inspired to engage in a personal embargo on items made in China. Here’s what some members said:
Interesting question. However, it may point to a distinction between Trad/Ivy “inspired” and real Trad/Ivy. The former is generally sold by mainstream vendors and sourced from anywhere. Real Ivy/Trad tends to come from US or European sources.
As I’ve slowly built my wardrobe over the last eight years, I’ve had fewer and fewer items from China as part of it — and fewer items of clothing in general. A Ralph Lauren Chinese-made item will still make it in on occasion, but they’re becoming fewer and farther between.
I own very little clothing or shoes that is not made in the USA or Europe. Some things (running shoes) are near impossible to buy not made in China. No deliberate purge, but I don’t buy anything I intend not to sweat profusely in or wear out quickly otherwise from China.
I am not purging Chinese-made product, but I do look for American-made clothing. That, plus disillusionment with my once favorite brand’s (Polo) current styling direction, means I look for deadstock/unworn/tags attached items on eBay.
I am increasingly disillusioned with Polo’s recent and current styling direction. I think a lot of the Chinese-made stuff from labels such as Polo was garbage. The Polo pique knits Made in China in the 2000s and much of the 2010s were awful, badly pilling for me after not too many washings, for example (unlike items made elsewhere or from other brands). I simply stopped buying them. I will note that since Polo moved most manufacture to Vietnam, the shirts seem to have improved a bit.
I don’t think there’s much point to purging Chinese products. What’s done is done. And it’s not going to affect the Chinese government one wit. But making conscious choices when purchasing new on the other hand, is worth thinking about. But probably better to voice your opinion pro or con to your elected representatives. I say this is where your opinion on the matter is most important.
Done this for about ten years now.
I try to avoid anything made there. I don’t want to feed the Chinese war machine.
A lot of people talk a big game about their strong beliefs (on Facebook, at the coffee shop, in an argument over dinner), but halt just short of inconveniencing themselves in order to bring those principals into their daily life.
What about you? Are international relations enough to make you change your buying habits one way or the other? — CC