A Little on Luxury and the World Economy

I really love looking at the stuff Takashi Murakami does for Louis Vuitton (and for himself, of course). Am particularly tickled, however, by the comments on Hypebeast’s behind-the-scenes feature on Takashi Murakami’s rugs for LV.

These rugs were handwoven in India, and only 20 pieces were made for each of the two designs. (Photo Credits: Hypebeast)

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So, there were comments that having these rugs made in India was “exploitation of poor people”, etc., and that they should have had these rugs woven in Italy or France. Really? Traditionally, the best rugs have come from places like Persia, Iran, and India — so, seriously?

I suppose people are upset about Luxury’s unannounced shift towards manufacturing in lower cost Asia, but the fact is that the mystical Orient has a finer history of weaving rugs than countries like France or Italy. Cost-cutting, though, has been a rather big issue in the past decade, and Cathy Horyn’s article is rather useful in helping us understand who’s doing what: High Fashion Faces a Redefining Moment

This has got to be my quote of the day:

Mr. de la Renta likes a silk faille that he gets from a mill in South Korea. Aside from the price — it costs a third of what Italian faille does — he likes the look.

“Listen, Prada has been using it for years,” he said.

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3 thoughts on “A Little on Luxury and the World Economy

  1. takealook on said:

    Oh, come on. Look at these pictures, the working conditions!!! Is that place you would like to write your stupid blog entries?? dont think so. <

  2. saythefword on said:

    you might be right — i haven’t quite commented at the general standards of working condition in India, though i’d be wary of mixing this up with sweatshops in China. do take a look (no pun intended) at the comments on the hypebeast site though — it’s sparked off something of a debate. also, if you can, do read the japanese entry on the kaikaikiki site; it gives us a better idea of how the factory operates.

    will probably give you a better reply when i have the time — am a little busy writing silly essays on whether the women’s charter should affect the operation of the presumption of advancement in property law. thanks for your friendly comment though!

  3. yeah i can feel the bucketloads of friendliness emanating from takealook.

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