I don't mean this in a rude way, but I am wondering what "made in england" or italy actually means as a way to differentiate the quality. All the people in the background working looked non-English, so what difference would it make if say the tailor measured them in England and sent the shirts to be made else where. There was an article recently about the illegal Chinese workers in Italy , just for the "made in italy". It doesn't seem good for the workers or for us who purchase the items.
I am afraid that your post would cause offence if read by the R&S employees you mention. While all our employees are UK nationals, some (a minority if you like) are not of English descent, but have lived in the country for many years. All are immensely proud of what they do, and are very good at their craft. Many have worked for R&S for 25 or 30 years - or more. They are like an extended family and the atmosphere in the factory is unlike any factory I have seen in the world - a small community who get on together and who make excellent product.
There is a very different situation in Italy, where illegal Chinese are paid very little to live and work in squalid and dangerous conditions with no rights (they are illegal) and all they have to look forward to is having their ID's passed on to another illegal when they pass away, and their remains shipped back to China. see the following
Can you compare the two?
R&S make shirts at the highest level with the traditions of the "Made in England" label and each part has been cut and sewn by people with 20 or 30 or 40 years of experience. This is what "Made in England" on our shirts means. You would not get this if a tailor measured you and sent the pieces out to another country to be made by an unknown, with unknown skills in unknown working conditions.
R&S are working on creating apprenticeships in the factory for cutters and machinists so that we can keep our tradition going. These are crafts that we don't want to loose but that can take years to learn.
There are a few facts of life here too. There are no more factory managers with experience in this country - they don't exist. You can't train a manager in a year or two. It takes 10 or 20.
We have to look for experience from Mauritius or elsewhere if we want the factory to be managed and function correctly, otherwise we will become inefficient and not have a future, which means also no future for our employees that we have today, and no future for Made in England shirts.
So perhaps you will look at the wider picture and understand that this is more than just a label with a country of origin.