Made in where? Those lies, damned lies and labels

A few weeks ago I was in New York, interviewing the grand fromage – or should that be the Big Pretzel? – of a successful accessories leviathan, when I was asked to turn off my tape recorder. That’s normally the point when you sit back in anticipation of a juicy confession. But this was about manufacturing. Yup, some journalists get all the scoops.

Still, it made me realise how sensitive upmarket brands have become about where their products are made. Ask if they manufacture in China and you get the sheepish/defiant/in-denial or out-and-proud look (Prada has used the “Made In China” tag as a selling point for some less expensive designs)….

Made in where? Those lies, damned lies and labels – Telegraph via @TeleFashion http://ow.ly/gkeEd

Made in Scotland: Chanel, and Made in the UK: Victoria Beckham

Made in Scotland: Chanel, and Made in the UK: Victoria Beckham

Rome: How to explore Valentino’s city

One of the fashion world’s great survivors, Valentino Garavani – better known simply as “Valentino” – began his career in 1959 as a haute couture dressmaker to the rich and famous, like so many in the Rome of the Dolce Vita years.

But with the help of his friend and business partner Giancarlo Giammetti, Valentino turned a niche business into a global brand.

In his 50-year career (he officially retired in 2008), the couturier from Voghera in the north of Italy has designed dresses for Jackie Onassis, Elizabeth Taylor, Gwyneth Paltrow and more members of royal families than you could fit on to the deck of his 152ft yacht.

Rome: How to explore Valentino’s city via @Telegraph http://soc.li/iZGVN4C

Via Condotti, where Valentino was based when he first arrived from his apprenticeship in Paris in 1958

Via Condotti, where Valentino was based when he first arrived from his apprenticeship in Paris in 1958

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