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Made in Italy = 2 out of 3.

In Hand made on August 6, 2010 at 5:36 am

I just finished reading a very eye opening article by David Segal about the Italian fashion industry in the New York Times.

The article talks about lots of stuff, but one thing that really stood out was a new law which will affect the labeling of clothing…

WHEN describing the ills of his businesses, Mr. Barbera tends to focus on one issue: the “Made in Italy” label. For the last decade, he says, a growing number of clothing designers have been buying cheaper fabric in China, Bulgaria and elsewhere and slapping “Made in Italy” on garments, even if those garments are merely sewn here.

Until recently, there weren’t any rules about what “Made in Italy” actually meant, but that will change when a new law goes into effect in October. It states that if at least two stages of production — there are four stages altogether — occur in Italy, a garment is made in Italy.

Until I read this I never really thought about the importance the “Made in Italy” label has.  Don’t get me wrong, I knew it was seen as a sign of the highest quality.  I just never really spent time thinking about how important the label it was to the national pride, or the national economy of the nation state of Italy.  I also never considered how easy it would be to slap the label on any old bit of clothing.  I’m sure that some people (tailors and other clothing people) would be able to tell but most people (myself included) would not really be able to recognize the difference.

The article is really outstanding.  If anything I wrote here blew your hair back you should really give the whole thing a read.


Handmade Business Cards, via An Affordable Wardrobe.

In Design, Hand made on November 22, 2009 at 1:13 am

Maybe it is because I’m a sucker for hand made things, but I think that this business card design from An Affordable Wardrobe is totally amazing.

Hand made business cards, via an affordable wardrobe.

Hand made business cards, via an affordable wardrobe.

Giuseppe Timore (the author of An Affordable Wardrobe) went to a shop, bought these tags, and then used a typewriter to put the text onto the tags!

At the right event cards like this will make a much better impression on people than the “regular” sort of cards that everyone sees all the time.  In Timore’s case he was used these cards when he went to Pop Up Flea: A curated collection of new and vintage men’s goods. IMHO the prefect sort of place to make a good impression with such beautiful hand made business cards.

Other events where I think this card, or a similar sort of card, would be really effective are…

1. Any sort of fashion related event.

2. Anyplace where people who like “vintage” things gather.

3. Events about publishing or books.

4. New media (blogging / podcasting / DIY video) conferences, such as PodCamp or WordCamp.

5. Design conferences.

I really can’t say enough about what a great idea these cards were.  (I wish it was me who though of making them.)

FYI: Another fashion blog called the Trad also posted about this as well.