We have 11 in-house production sites, of which ten are located in Italy, and one in the United Kingdom. Our in-house production capability is of strategic importance to us.
On the one hand, we can retain and upgrade our technical know-how through our own production, while on the other hand, it provides us with more control over quality, production costs and timing, particularly in relation to production outsourced to external manufacturers. Our production staff based at our production sites also support and supervise our external manufacturers and enhance the flexibility of our overall production capacity. The following table sets forth information relating to each of our in-house production facilities as at January 31, 2012.
Montevarchi, Arezzo, Italy Women’s shoes
Piancastagnaio, Siena, Italy Leather goods — bags