As cheaper labour costs and economies of scale often mean it’s cheaper for designers to produce their clothes overseas, this shift in production function offshore has detrimentally affected the manufacturing industry in Australia. Less manufacturing in Australia means less employment, and the loss of expertise of niche manufacturing skills (e.g. the ability to produce wool and silk garments).
Hopefully as consumers become educated about this important issue, we can all do our bit to support the cause for keeping manufacturing, and as a result, jobs, in Australia.
So next time you go shopping, remember to check the label!