What is Made-in-France: a marketing tool or a real commitment?

Qu'est-ce que le Made-in-France : outil marketing ou réel engagement ?

The importance of "Made-in-France" in French eyes

Since awareness of the working conditions of textile factory employees in certain countries, and the desire to support the local and French economy to overcome unemployment, the "Made-in-France" appellation has been increasingly used to reassure consumers. Indeed, studies carried out in 2016 and 2017 by Ifop (the French public opinion institute) supported the view that 3 out of 4 French people were prepared to spend more money on a product "made in France", and that clothing was the second sector whose French origin was preferred by consumers, just after the food sector.

An often misleading appellation

Even so, the "Made-in-France" label is often a marketing tool designed to appeal to consumers and win their confidence, rather than a real proof ofcommitment on the part of the brand or manufacturer using it. In fact, it is compulsory in the food sector to indicate the origin of products, but not in the clothing sector. So it's a matter of choice to label a garment "Made in France".

However, in Europe, the origin of a product is defined according to the country in which the last "substantial" transformation (i.e., one that truly modifies the nature of the product) takes place, and not the entire production process. A very vague and easily circumvented regulation.

And since this designation is purely declarative, if an investigation is not carried out by the authorities and customs, brands can run the risk of misleading consumers by using the designation illegally.

The "Origine France Garantie" label

This is where the " Origine France Garantie

Elia panties are certified "Origine France Garantie" and are entirely made in France. While our cotton and eucalyptus-based absorbent tencel come from abroad (the French climate doesn't lend itself to their cultivation), everything else in our production chain is 100% French. From product design to cotton weaving, from panty assembly to delivery to your mailbox, everything happens in France! That's our commitment, and our pride.

  • The French and made in FranceIfop survey in partnership with the "Origine France Garantie" label (2017): https://www.ifop.com/publication/les-francais-et-le-made-in-france-2/

  • "Made in France: What do the French think?Ifop survey in partnership with Crédit Agricole and MIFEXPO (2016): https://www.ifop.com/publication/made-in-france-que-pensent-les-francais/

  • http://www.originefrancegarantie.fr/comment-obtenir-la-certification/cahier-des-charges/

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