Something caught my eye recently and it's not make-up nor any skin care product at that; but, a blue sports shirt for toddlers! The reason behind this was Tutapel has the exact same thing.
Shirt A refers to Tutapel's shirt. Shirt B however, was the SM shirt I saw on display. Can you spot the difference between them? I doubt it. Identical colors. Identical number design. And when you feel the fabric, both shirts have the same one used down to the color stitching.
When I got home, I looked for this shirt from a pile of many others given to him by U & M.
Clearly, it said OLD NAVY: Made in the Philippines.
This tag was entirely missing on the SM shirt I saw.
It didn't have any brand for it was obviously cut out but the Made in the Philippines label was still intact. For me, it could only mean 4 things:
- Knock-off from a local competitor, which to me is unlikely;
- Factory defective items are being sold at SM Department stores;
- Manufacturer is producing the same shirts with or without authorization from Old Navy;
- Old Navy saw the design first, liked it and made the local manufacturer as one of their international sub-contractors.
Of course, I'm hoping that it is either the 3rd(with authorization of course) or 4th reason to keep any potential lawsuits at bay. How about you, what do you think is the most likely reason behind this scenario?