Savile Row tailor Richard James has been forced to take 'Made in England' labels out of suits after admitting they were produced by factories in Mauritius.

The made-to-measure suits, which sold for up to GBP2,000 (US$2920), were cut and sewn by manufacturers on the Indian Ocean island, before being shipped to the UK where workers added sleeves and buttons.

But following a complaint from a rival tailor, Trading Standards officers ordered that the labels be removed. Country of origin will be omitted from new labels.

One of the companies making Richard James suits is Wensum Tailoring in Norwich, which moved most of its production to Mauritius in late 2005.

Soho tailor Tony Lutwyche, who made the complaint to Trading Standards said: "The Made in England label promises customers a superior quality product."

He estimates that false labelling is taking away over GBP3m per year from British industry and costing Britain's workforce 100 potential jobs.