SHANGHAI: The higher the price,
the better the quality? Not necessarily.
Garments sold at upscale malls in the city under famous
brands such as Chanel, Burberry and Dior, with price tags of at least
1,000 yuan ($120), have been declared substandard.[Shanghai
Garments sold at upscale malls in the city under famous brands such as
Chanel, Burberry and Dior, with price tags of at least 1,000 yuan ($120), have
been declared substandard.
Coats, jackets and pants made under 17 international brands failed quality
tests, with either high concentrations of a potentially dangerous chemical,
shoddy dye or excessive fiber content, according to an online statement from the
Shanghai Industrial and Commercial Administration.
Zara, MNG, Armani, Ermenegildo Zegna, S.T.Dupont, PINK and MaxMara were also
found to have substandard products.
In a recent test, 24 kinds of garments bearing these fancy brands were found
to be faulty in more than 10 department stores, including Plaza 66 on Nanjing
Road and Gateway Mall in Xujiahui .
A Zara skirt was found to contain twice the allowable quantity of
formaldehyde, a chemical that threatens respiratory health and the skin. And an
MNG coat, labeled 20 percent cashmere, was found to have only 1.7 percent
Dealers will stop selling the faulty garments, remove them from the malls and
take responsibility for any later charges, the statement said.
Giorgio Armani's Hong Kong branch said the company was very sorry for its
faulty goods and promised to take immediate action. It told the Shanghai Morning
Post that it would ensure all its garments were modified to comply with Chinese