Dolce and Gabbana is an Italian luxury brand that started during the 9080s. It quickly established itself as a luxury brand in many’s eyes. The two Italian founders, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, swiftly started to sell D&G products all over the world.
It all started with women’s clothing and has since the beginning explored and expanded into swimwear, perfume, accessories and, now, an open arms welcoming of the men’s collection.
Is Dolce and Gabbana Made in China?
There is a lot of false information out there saying that no products from Dolce and Gabbana are made in China. This is false. According to the Italist, D&G glasses are made by high-end factories in China. Why does the Italist have a say in it all? It’s a reputable online store that sells Italian designer products such as Dolce and Gabbana.
With that said, Dolce and Gabbana clothing, belts, handbags, earrings, dress shoes, sneakers and perfume are not produced in China. In fact, the brand is producing a lot of different goods in many different countries today.
Where Is Dolce and Gabbana Made?
Foremost, products are still produced in Italy, but also France. Some of their fragrances are also mixed in Germany and France.
As stated above, some of the glasses are made in China, watches are made in Switzerland.
Problems With Identifying D&G’s Manufacturing Practices
Unfortunately, it’s very hard to find reliable sources about Dolce and Gabbana’s manufacturing practices. Mainly because there are very few transparent documents and information to take part in. Thereby, we have to rely on the information on the website in their online store.
There, many of the items that are manufactured in Italy and other countries that are perceived as “high-quality countries” are also stated. I, however, found several items with no information about which country the items were produced in.
Good on you, a directory of brands environmental policies rates D&G “not good enough” as there isn’t sufficient information about its environmental policies.
Good on you also reports that there is no evidence of audits of the supply chain or worker empowerment.
The animal rating is also poor as many products are using leather, fur, down, agora, wool, exotic animal skin, exotic animal hair and silk.
Dolce and Gabbana’s Perceived Brand Image vs Cost Savings
The trend for luxury brands to move their production from high-cost countries to low-cost countries has been a trend for the last 20 years. Especially to East Asian and South-East Asian countries. We’ve seen several examples of this on this website.
Although, Dolce and Gabbana seems to have taken another path here. The important country of origin effect that Italy historically, and still, has is of the highest importance. This is a quality assurance from the brand to ensure its customers that they are, still, investing heavily into quality production.
That is from master’s within its field, craftsmen that have been producing quality products for ages. These are often family businesses that have been within the field of production for years and years.
And it’s no wonder that a brand like Dolce & Gabbana can invest so heavily into the production of quality goods. Their markups are often so high that all profit can be invested in production and marketing.
Dolce and Gabbana is producing in China, but only a limited part of their inventory, i.e. some of the sunglasses. Their production is still heavily invested in Italy and France at this point.
Their old “Made In Italy” is still valid and the brand can continue using it as a slogan throughout their marketing campaigns.
Apart from the clothing, there are also production sites located in Germany, France and Switzerland. All for different products.
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