Affluent shoppers use country of origin as a proxy to measure quality
June 2011 Stevens, PA -- Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen proudly promote the domestic manufacture of most of the clothing included in their women's label, The Row. Brooks Brothers does likewise, as does menswear maker Joseph Abboud. For luxury brands, the "Made in America" label is a detail that affluent consumers are willing to pay up for.
But marketers should dig deeper before assuming that this interest in domestically-producedluxury goods is simply an expression of affluent patriotism. According to a recent study by Unity Marketing, affluent consumers associate certain attributes with countries of origin of luxury goods, and the USA is associated with the qualities affluents desire most.