That $1,000 + handbag you might want to read this...
From Second City Style
Luxury. Beware the Lure of Luxury Branding. Dana Thomas' Holiday Shopping Warning. Second City Style Fashion Blog
I'm sure the quality of the workmanship is every bit as good if done by a well trained Chinese crafts person as by a well trained Italian crafts person.
So the question becomes - Why are they under paying the Chinese worker if their skill is just as fine? And if they are, why are they charging so much for their bags when they are paying more or less pennys for the labor?
Looks like folks are getting reamed on both ends of the process - the workers and the buyers! :-p