Hermes, Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, Trussardi, Hugo Boss, and Paul & Shark are among brands that failed quality control tests in China, the Telegraph UK reports. Some of the garments were found to contain high levels of acid or formaldehyde, while others had poor color fastness. The clothes could have caused "skin rashes, eye irritations, allergies, respiratory problems and even cancer," the China Daily said.
Certain garments were labeled incorrectly, which Hermes acknowledged, noting the fashion house was in the process of ameliorating the problem.
Shen Yan, an official at the Zhejiang Commerce bureau, pointed out that all of the clothes were made outside of China. This is the second time that testers have found substandard luxury goods, after Hugo Boss and Dolce & Gabbana's shoes failed quality control tests in 2006.
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