Why don't tags and socks have made in labels on them?

I’m off to a wedding and I’m wearing clothes I don’t normally wear.

Dress shirt — Made in Sri Lanka (never been there)
Pants — Made in Vietnam (never been there)
Socks — ?
Tie — ?
Boxers — Probably Nicaragua or Thailand (the tag has worn off)

Anyhow, this got me thinking: Why is it that some items of clothing don’t have a Made in Label on them? I know that the packaging they came in was probably labeled, but still.

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Kent says:

Kels, I understand the importants of the “made in” label, but I think I’d prefer not to have one stitched into my socks.

Kelsey says:

Good point. Still, why can socks get away with it and underwear can’t? I bet underwear are bitter.

Melissa says:

Hmmm…bitter underwear or socks with tags….which one is worse….

Kelsey says:

…bitter underwear, of course! No doubt. Who wants to wear bitter underwear?

Malayna Dawn says:

Hey Kelsey – regarding your dress shirt made in Sri Lanka – I may have mentioned to you before that all clothes made in Sri Lanka are made ethically. Check out Garments Without Guilt.com–it’s because of the socialist leanings of the government that workers are very protected here. So you can feel good about your dress shirt–and anything else made in Sri Lanka!

Also – I checked out your video. You should give credit where credit is due to Bibi Russell from Bangladesh, whose photo you show more than once. She’s revitalizing the local handloom industry to help people survive. She’s doing a good thing! She calls it Fashion for Development and her site is http://www.bibirussell.org.

Kelsey says:

Malayna, Thanks for the info on Sri Lanka. I’ll add a link to your site.

I’ve been singing the praises of Bibi Russell for awhile now. I did a piece for World Vision Radio. I added a link to it under “Kelsey on the Web.” I also mention her in my book. In my eyes she’s about as close to a living and breathing saint as a person can get.

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