Remember that stink people got into when it was revealed that Ralph Lauren was making U.S. Olympians' clothes in China rather than the U.S.? We've covered this point before, but basically, where something is made doesn't automatically mean it's superior. There are crappy factories in the U.S. and there are crappy factories in England, China, and Japan. A country of origin doesn't signify handiwork quite like a manufacturer's consistency.

That's why British shoe manufacturers like Tricker's and American fabric mills like Cone Denim have become such trusted figures in high-end menswear—because their products have consistently stood the test of time and proven themselves to be superior to the competition. Uniqlo, a fast-fashion company, holds their products to a higher standard despite manufacturing in China, while many of Nike's shoes outshine the fakes—despite often being made in the same countries—because of stringent manufacturing practices. Where a brand makes their stuff doesn't factor into the greatness or shoddiness of the end product as much as their own quality control.