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Even though the Olympic uniforms are getting a lot of heat for being made in China, the truth is: what you're wearing now was probably made there too. And if it's made it China, your clothes are more expensive than they were at the beginning of the year.
The National Bureau of Statistics of China found recent prices for clothing increased 3.8% and the price of shoes increased 2.8%. The reason why is because Chinese laborers are demanding higher wages.
Kim Crow, owner of Evie Lou boutique in Tremont, says she's noticed the price hike when she buys her supply of fashions. But she's doing her best to not pass the cost along to the customer.
"If it's just a few dollars difference, people are used to buying something here at a certain price, I'm not going to jump it up to $10 just to accommodate that."
It seems some clothing manufacturers are also finding ways around the Chinese price hike, according to Crow.
"But I also find that brands are accommodating that by moving their manufacturing to countries that are less expensive. Bangladesh is a big one I never used to see before."
The upside to the up-charge, China isn't known for being "cheap" anymore.
"As their wages have gone up, their expertise has gone up."