" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Here is a whole host of US companys that could sew stuff together.
That's hardly comparing like with like, they can certainly sew stuff together but they don't mill technical fabrics in the States & I can't say they'd be my first port of call for a cycling jacket. AA have also been the subject of criticism regarding working conditions over the last few years & the dismissal of 1500 illegal immigrants in 2009 led to a financial crisis at the company.
What is so technologically groundbreaking about Rapha's materials or construction that makes it impossible to make outside of China? The stuff looks pretty basic to me.
Not groundbreaking, but then no one has claimed it is, and it is certainly not basic at all in terms of quality of construction.
I would rather buy an item from a manufacturer who has the guts to state where their product is made in detail, than some company that either claims to be an EU manufacturer but actually just finishes the product, or a company that vaguely states they use production facilities in the far east. As a previous poster stated, conditions in a Bangladeshi or Thai factory may be just as bad as a stereotypical Chinese sweatshop and far far worse than those KTC's employees enjoy.
Which is preferable?
1. Company tells it customers that it produces overseas and assures them that it makes sure to use reputable companies who respect workers' rights. They expect you to trust them to be telling the truth, but you have no real way to check.
2. They name the company responsible for their overseas production, thus letting you, the consumer, investigate for yourself.
IMO option 1 requires faith in people I have no knowledge of. Option 2 is one I as a cynical MF can attempt to debunk. Much riskier for the company.