The warehouse sale sounded too good to be true. The flannel 3/2 blazer is MIC! Wow. Just wow. A $99 gamble that did not pay off.
No, actually I have a great deal of respect for the Chinese. However, Press has historically hewn to MIUSA and occasionally Canadian goods (plus certain UK woolens). That has been important to many. That they now offer wares from China puts them, in some ways, in a place where there is less to differentiate them. If I had wanted a $99 blazer made in China there options beyond Press.Irish? Drunken teenager?
Display of prejudice against an entire nation?
Independent of the country it was made - and I respect that some try to only buy American-made goods for various reasons - what do you think of the blazer vs other not-MIC Press blazers that you're familiar with?
This is easy to explain: You probably bought something from the japanese J. Press inventory.
J. Press USA belongs to the japanese company Onward Kashiyama, but they carry their own inventory. The japanese inventory is mostly made in Asia specifically for that market and sold under the J. Press label as a shopping mall brand similar to Brooks in the USA.
Sometimes inventory from Japan finds its way to the US and is frequently sold off during their warehouse sales. You can spot it rather easily by the different label styles.
Even though the warehouse sale terms state "final sale", in the past I have been able to return items for store credit. If you are unhappy with the suit, you may want to consider reaching out to customer service to enquire.
My wife - before she got into the higher-flying world of private equity - used to negotiate manufacturing contracts with Chinese manufacturers for Japanese companies.
This was a lot of yelling, international flights, and teeth-pulling, but eventually, the manufacturer would be brought inline with Japanese manufacturing standards (mostly because failure cost the Chinese manufacturer a lot of money in lost production runs.)
The key phrase here is *Japanese company*. NO ONE, and I mean NO ONE, is as institutionally OCD as a Japanese company, and their manufacturing standards are crazy... and they will NOT compromise with a vendor or manufacturer, ever. Remember, these are people famous for ending their lives as a consequence of personal failure, and they are *tenacious* when it comes to getting the job done.
So - J Press being, now, Japanese - I do have some faith in their management of garment quality on the Chinese side!
Dealing with them is definitely a skillset.Chinese companies are notorious for delivering what they think the client will accept, rather than what was specified in the contract. Successful Western companies eventually realized they needed people on the ground in China to ensure that standards were upheld, and inventory did not disappear out the back door.