A leading fashion brand has provided just-style with a detailed explanation of why it will soon no longer manufacture suits in the US.

Hugo Boss, which will next month close its only production plant in the country, says there is no alternative to the 310 job losses, saying the plant has not been globally competitive for many years.

Criticism from a US union is an unwelcome distraction for the German brand, which is keen to bolster its presence there and employs 900 others in retail stores.

However, the company says it had to make large investments in order to barely sustain the production location, although this is contested by the Workers United union.

The company's wider explanation follows below, and highlights the difficulty in producing garments in developed markets in the modern age.

Hugo Boss says: "The main reasons for closing the production site in Cleveland are structural difficulties that make it impossible for the facility to be globally competitive.

"First of all, the region does not revert back to a long textile tradition and therefore lacks the necessary high quality fabric base.

"Outer fabrics and other raw materials therefore had to be imported from abroad, adding up transport costs as well as lead times. Secondly, import duties to the US are much higher than to other production countries, again increasing costs.

"Thirdly, the people in the area only show scarce specialisation in the textile area making it difficult to find production personnel.

"And last, Cleveland suffers from the geographical isolation and did not lend itself for distribution. As a result, the production plant could only be operated under-utilised, which further diminished the plant's efficiency."

Hugo Boss will, at the same time, hope the job cuts do not harm the brand's reputation in a self-confessed important market, at least outside Ohio.

A lot will depend on whether its shoppers are more pragmatic than nostalgic.