Made in Italy – what does that even mean today?
It can be difficult to know 100% if that piece of eyewear, leather bag or shoes, labelled “Made in Italy” truly is produced in Italy or mostly produced in “non heritage” countries such as China and then assembled in Italy. This is made legal by EU regulation, demanding brands to label country of origin as the last country where “the last substantial, economically justified processing” has been done.
When handling a pair of Cutler and Gross eyewear, you can rest assure. The reason why? They own their own factory in Cadore, Italy.
Cutler and Gross have from the beginning turned to the Italians for expertise and quality craftsmanship. When moving their production from Knightsbridge to Italy, Cadore was the natural choice. In 2007 Cutler and Gross bought their own factory there, to be certain that their expansion could be met by production and stock and to be able to control the quality of the products.
The factory, placed high in the Dolomites, is truly the heart of Cutler and Gross. This is where every frame comes alive, awaken from drawings made in London. Each frame takes 6 weeks to produce and goes through 42 steps of production. This is one of the things that makes Cutler and Gross unique.
For more information about “Made in Italy” and Cutler and Gross production: https://www.jardinsflorian.com/blogs/news/6009376-made-in-italy-going-back-to-meaning-substance-cutler-and-gross-story