Uniqlo: Cheap and Very Cheerful (Wall Street Journal)
“We make a lot of our products in China but, because of our approach to manufacturing, we can maintain very good quality control. When we find a factory we want to work with, we commit to buying all of their product for the next five years—but only if they meet our standards. Then we send in our own team of trained craftsmen to teach the factory how we like things done. The team stays until they get it right.”

Buying Character (A Suitable Wardrobe)
“The amortized price-quality rationalization is a potent nostrum – a comforting but ultimately unsuccessful justification. The best is not the cheapest by a long shot. Additionally, for an item of clothing to last a lifetime requires a set of redundancies as extensive as the failsafes in a nuclear power plant (at least, one hopes), and relies on the premise that your tastes and dimensions won’t change significantly over, well, that lifetime.” 

Personal Style: Simon Crompton (GQ UK)
“My spending on clothes is never frivolous. I firmly believe in the value of craft and that it’s not just an excuse to buy stuff.You wouldn’t necessarily buy more clothes if you had more money but you’d probably buy more expensive things. Plus there’s very good maths you can do that shows that it’s better value for money. You’re more likely to wear something of quality for much longer.”

Talking with Ascot Chang (Put This On)
“It really starts from the measuring process. That’s probably the biggest component of our business. We take multiple measurements, observe the client’s posture, and ask him the kind of lifestyle he plans to wear the shirts in. From this, we create an initial paper pattern, which we’ll adjust until the client is satisfied with the fit. Once we have the paper pattern down, a client can order fabric swatches to be sent to him overseas, or just come to one of our trunk shows and flip through fabric books. He tells us which fabrics he likes, and we’ll make him a shirt and send it to him. If he needs the shirt to be adjusted at some point, he can also come to one of our stores, and we’ll adjust his paper pattern on file. This is what allows us to make a perfect fitting shirt every time, and I think why 70% of our business is from returning customers. ”