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October 29, 2012


C. Scott Johnson

A well written discussion. I have forwarded it on to friends.

Donna Guiliano

Paper from Amalfi, Italy. A journal from Florence, Italy!


Thank you for your thoughtful and well supported essay. I think a key reason so many Americans have negative feelings about products made overseas is that too often American executives have been missing one of the things on your list of American strengths: "an understanding that doing the right thing can be profitable." These executives have taken work overseas not to get quality goods but to increase profit for themselves, far beyond what any rational person needs to live. Merely "profitable" is not enough for them. Their concept of "doing the right thing" has nothing to do with the thousands of workers they employ(ed) and everything to do with satisfying their own greed by paying overseas workers the pittance their situation makes them accept. And the executives will dump those workers just as soon as they can find some in more desperate straits. I am happy to support companies that see themselves as a community and as part of communities. I resist supporting companies that see employees and consumers as slaves to be used for maximum profit for "owners."

Jason Z

Hi Steve,

I was hoping you'd comment on your Carezza leather products. Do I remember correctly, that the leather is made by a family in Japan that has been tanning leather for 150 years? Are the products themselves then made in Japan or is the leather sent elsewhere for final manufacture?

Steve Leveen

Thank you all for your kind words and comments. I agree, Margery. And Jason Z, you do remember right that the Carezza leather originally came from an old Japanese tannery and was assembled in China. Unfortunately, that supply is no longer available, so we have switched to American hides, which are tanned in South Korea and assembled in China. While there are almost no tanneries left in the U.S., we still produce much of the leather, as it is a byproduct of the food industry. We export the leather as "wet blues" to tanneries around the world.
Thanks again for your business and your interest.
All best,

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