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    Ghurka is terrible.

    I'll be returning the Commuter 559 I just picked up the other day. When I got the bag home, I saw that some of the stitching was uneven, and on it's way to unraveling. Perusing their site, I had been led to believe that the bags were manufactured in Connecticut, USA by "over 40 skilled artisans". I got this crazy idea because a feel-good blurb on their website entitled "The Importance of Manufacturing" says as much.

    After discovering the sloppy stitching however, I did a bit more research. First I called Ghurka themselves. The person I spoke with said my bag was "probably made in the USA..." When I asked him if it would be possible to get a definitive answer, he said he'd call me back. He never did. So I decided that a Google search was in order. The search uncovered the fact that most of their manufacturing is now done in the People's Republic of China. The same search also revealed that the country of origin tag is very well-hidden in the bags.

    No kidding. Two searches failed to find it. Finally, a third search utilizing a high-powered LED flashlight confirmed my suspicions. Deep in the bag, tucked between a flap of fabric, with half the tag hidden in the stitching, I found the tiny print: "Made In China".

    Wow. This bag is touted as American-made, their own rep claims as much over the phone, and did I mention it has a price-tag of roughly a thousand dollars after tax? And it's made in some Chinese sweatshop by kids?

    I'm not naive, I know this stuff goes on... But the lies, price-tag, and general shamelessness with which this company comports themselves in this regard make this offense particularly egregious.

    Shame on you, Ghurka.

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    I have had similar experiences trying to find out or finding out too late where an item is manufactured. It is sad that you have to really make sure before you order something that it indeed is USA made. The real "wow" factor of your story is the money you spent on the bag. Can you ask their customer service if it can be exchanged because of the stitching for one actually made in the US. Many of the companies that do this usually make their Chinese merchandise at a lower price point which will usually set off an alarm.
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    Unbelievable, that is a total rip off.

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    Re: Ghurka is terrible.

    Being an Aussie I had never heard of these guys so I decided to check out their website. This is straight off the website:

    Likewise, our Ghurka collection is handmade by real people - artisans who have spent their lives learning the art of making beautiful and practical things out of fine leather. Ghurka is committed to preserving the American craft trades in their struggle against international outsourcing. Our factory in Norwalk, Connecticut and headquarters in New York City employ over 40 skilled artisans, designers, production staff, and marketing and sales specialists who are passionate about American craftsmanship.
    In his article Why Manufacturing Matters for the Harvard Business Review, author Roger Thompson powerfully illustrates the detrimental impact of outsourcing not only on domestic jobs, but also on creativity. His compelling essay gets to the heart of the matter: "People in the United States and other advanced industrialized countries say that the future is in innovation, not manufacturing, as if manufacturing is not part of the innovation process… Exporting manufacturing has a negative impact on the country's industrial commons, which represents the collective capability to sustain innovation."

    Mind you, it's a strange name for a company that is passionate about American craftsmanship.
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    Ghurka is terrible.

    Interesting. I was recently looking at ghurka for a new leather brief case and opted for a different company specifically because I couldn't verify the bag I wanted was made in the USA..
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    Re: Ghurka is terrible.

    Quote Originally Posted by starter View Post
    Wow. This bag is touted as American-made, their own rep claims as much over the phone, and did I mention it has a price-tag of roughly a thousand dollars after tax? And it's made in some Chinese sweatshop by kids?

    I'm not naive, I know this stuff goes on... But the lies, price-tag, and general shamelessness with which this company comports themselves in this regard make this offense particularly egregious.

    Shame on you, Ghurka.

    It's awful. But Ghurka is not an exception. In the Luxury industry it's a common practice. Most "French" luxury brand get everything done in Asia, Turkey or Algeria. These brands charge $500 for a product made for $25.

    The problem here is that there is no legal way to counter attack.

    Nowhere is it written that your specific product was made in USA. They mention on the website "handmade by real people" but not "handmade by real American".
    They indicate that Ghurka is "committed to preserving the American craft trades" but this doesn't mean much. It's like saying "Ghurka is committed to preserving the environment".
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    Re: Ghurka is terrible.

    You want USA buy a Saddleback Leather bag.
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    Re: Ghurka is terrible.

    I believe Saddleback products are made in Mexico, I have one of their wallets, very happy with it.

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    You want USA buy a Saddleback Leather bag.

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    Did someone say saddleback? Here's mine. This will literally crush Ghurka. ( they are heavy ) but It will make you stronger. They are made in Mexico but are top notch and no nonsense customer service and warranty.


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    Ghurka is terrible.

    Well now I have to say..

    I ended up with a saddleback...tobacco brown, medium brief case and it's an awesome bag..
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