While I'm personally not bothered by the lack of a "Made In Italy" tag, I understand how there could be concerns about ordering mysterious product.
Reason being - Top shelf brands like Chanel, Prada, et al., are moving operations to China and other low-cost regions to satisfy booming* demand for designer clothing and accessories outside of the US and Europe. But the grabber here is that the Asia-region product may be of different quality than its counterpart, sold in the US and EU.
Of course, I'm not saying that Diesel is or isn't indulging in this practice. I don't know anything about their manufacturing processes or if they're pushing different product in developing nations. What I am saying is that designer labels have begun the practice of developing inferior products (or at least, making use of cheaper assembly labor) to exploit new markets in places like China.
"Goods whose production involved more than one country shall be deemed to originate in the country where they underwent their last, substantial, economically justified processing," the EU rules state.
Whole article:'Made in Italy' ... by undocumented workers
Another article from the LA Times:The 'Made in Italy' label: Read the fine print - Los Angeles Times
Bottom line - We may feel good about the "Made In Italy" tag, but it really doesn't tell us shit since the fabrication side of the garment industry is intrinsicly unethical and EU laws are not strict enough to keep a handle on things. So until the situation improves and stricter laws are enacted, the only thing you can go on is the Diesel microstitch. That's it.
In the sawfnews.com article there's talk about changing standards so that apparel labeling will have to be as verbose as what's found with automotive domestic parts content. I think things will eventually hit a boiling point where enough Italian brands that play fair get fed up with other brands "cheating" with offshored goods.
So this brings up a question for JSkidder - Does Diesel do any
significant manufacture, assembly or finishing in Italy? Or do they simply sew on three colored bands, a hologram tag and call it a day?*I forecast that the boom has ended, and the explosive growth of designer labels will become an operational burden by the end of this year.
By the way - I think DieselEmployee brought up some good points and has provoked some thoughtful debate, so I don't really understand why some of you have piled-on. Somehow we've mistakenly taken the handle of "DieselEmployee" to imply that he's presenting himself as a Diesel expert. He's just letting us know that he works there - nothing wrong with that.