The real Madrid Fashion Week is in Fuenlabrada
Now that the glamorous Mercedes Benz - Fashion Week Madrid is approaching, we will hear on TV and in the newspapers great bullshit such as "Spanish fashion is strong", "the Made in Spain it's a seal of quality ”,“ people prefer Made in Spain", bla bla bla…
Nothing so far from the truth ... Anyone who has been assiduously to the Madrid fashion week, or simply follows the news, knows that the number of visitors to the textile fair has fallen by half and the sales of the stalls much less . Come on, even the IFEMA organization has had to combine the textile fair with the footwear and accessories fair, to avoid being even more noticeable ...
I'm going to tell you what everyone already knows but nobody seems to know: between 95% and 100% of the clothes you have in your wardrobe are Made in China, Made in Bangladesh or Made in one of these exotic countries in the that until very recently there have been controversies with human rights violations, child exploitation or an accident that has killed dozens of workers due to lack of safety at work ...
I am not just referring to the garments that you buy in the large chains or global brands, such as Zara, Mango, Pronovias, etc. The clothes that you buy in the neighborhood stores of a lifetime are also imported from these countries.
Haven't you noticed that now the same dress is found in 3 or 4 stores in the same area ?! Or has it not happened to you to have bought a dress so cute in the store so cute that you love it and then see one like it in a Chinese store, at half price?
The reason why this happens is very simple: if you go through Fuenlabrada, there are industrial estates (larger than most Spanish towns), totally Chinese, where ALL the Spanish stores currently go to buy the clothes they sell, many times in cash and without invoice. There you can find ALL the clothes that your favorite store currently has - both the cute clothes that the most fashionable store in town has as well as the latest collections from the main chains, because the same workshops that manufacture for them also produce a few more and they take the opportunity to sell them in their warehouses in Fuenla, 10 times cheaper.
Also, it is no longer worth just looking at the label to make sure where the garment comes from. Garments for example Made in Italy or Made in France are already starting from these same polygons, but at equally Asian prices - something economically impossible, since a Chinese salary would not even pay for a room anywhere in Europe.
The trick? There are two:
1) Enslaving immigrants in Europe in the XXI century;
2) Using means that are not illegal at all, although a bit dirty - for example, make the garment in China, leave a couple of seams to be sewn, take the garment to a European country, pay less customs because the garment “is not finished and it's going to generate work for Europeans ”, finish the 2 seams there and then they can put the label on it Made in EU.
Surprised ?! But… don't you know any seamstress who has lost her job in recent years?
In Extremadura, for example, the region with the lowest labor costs in Spain, more than 60% of the clothing workshops closed ... And that in the region produced some of the most expensive brands in the country.
And you did not fall into the error of blaming the economic crisis, because clothing sales in Spain did not drop more than 20% during this period.
But let's stop populism. Do not take my words for any type of racism or xenophobia towards the Chinese or any other country, nor is it less
Wear clothes made in China, nor is it necessarily of worse quality. I have seen Chinese clothes much better than some Spanish clothes (if it was really Spanish clothes…).
The problems are other, less intuitive:
1) probably that garment had a so cheap cost that the store is selling it 5 or 10 times more expensive than its real cost, which is deceiving you (for example, it is easy to find AUTHENTIC wedding dresses for 300 euros, than in western stores they cost 3000…);
2) the consumer who buys the garment should ask himself if the garment has had a production process that respects human rights and safety at work;
3) the consumer who buys the garment should ask themselves if by buying that garment they are correctly contributing to the development of the countries where it has been produced;
4) The consumer who buys the garment should ask themselves if by buying that garment we are not causing a negative effect on employment and the economy in many areas of Spain, such as Extremadura or Galicia.
To avoid these problems, what you can do is find out about the brand of the garment you buy or ask directly the store where the garment comes from and how it was produced. To do that would be to make the world a better place. And if they don't know how to answer you, they are either not professionals or they are hiding the truth from you.
But I repeat, nothing happens with Made in China or any other country, as long as it is made under the rules of Fair Trade and sold at a price that does not deceive the customers.
It is just a question that the next time you go shopping for clothes, you ask yourself if your "second skin" has the same values that you identify with.