12 March 2007
Trimmings(HKTDC Fashion - Fabrics & Accessories, Vol 02,2007)
|Lucky Weaving Lace Co Ltd's attractive selection of lace trimmings is embellished with embroidery and materials such as sequins and satin|
That's why many garment or fashion-related buyers come to Hong Kong - they know local suppliers can provide a seemingly inexhaustible selection of trimmings such as lace, ribbon or embroidery that complement a fancy design.
One such company is Harvest Net Int'l Co Ltd, which has been supplying a wide collection of garment accessories since it was established 10 years ago.
Harvest Net sales coordinator Queenie Wong says the company specialises in rayon, nylon, cotton and polyester trimmings, including cotton, non-stretch and stretch lace designs in all colours, as well as a vast variety of sequin trims, motifs and webbing tape.
"Cotton lace is always in demand, as it is popular for children's underwear and ladies' fashions," Wong says, adding that business should be "better" this year as the fashion trend is towards more details and fancy items.
An exporter based in Hong Kong, Harvest Net sources its raw materials on the Chinese mainland and has established good relations with production plants in Shenzhen and Dongguan. "We have worked with these factories for years and can assure our quality and prompt shipment," Wong stresses.
Harvest Net, which has no minimum order and prefers not to quote any prices, delivers 14 days after order confirmation to manufacturers in the US, Europe, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. "We continue to streamline our sources and we offer competitive prices," Wong adds.
Lucky Weaving Lace Co Ltd manager Gloria Cheung also believes in good business relations. "We meet and communicate with our customers on a constant basis to learn and satisfy their ideas and needs," she claims.
The company, which began operations in 1970, manufactures a "vast" selection of garment accessories ranging from handmade, beaded, woven or printed tape to variations in velvet, jacquard, organza, elastic and lace.
Its 300,000-square-foot, 500-worker mainland factory in Shenzhen holds Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certification and utilises computerised weaving machinery imported from Europe.
Raw materials such as polyester, nylon, cotton, rubber thread and PP yarn are sourced from the Chinese mainland, Taiwan and Korea to meet the demands of Lucky Weaving's customers, who are large-scale, middle-market manufacturers.
"We sell to the US, Europe, Japan, Asia, India and Australia," Cheung explains.
"Our customers make shoes, bags, dresses and any fashion-related goods."
She adds that Lucky Weaving's trims are extremely diversified and FOB Hong Kong prices vary depending on orders. "Minimum order is 3,000 yards, which will be shipped 2-3 weeks after confirmation," Cheung adds.
Taking an equally universal approach, Kerry Elastic Fabric Ltd specialises in elastic and non-elastic weaves such as jacquard and plain woven elastic; shoulder and trimming elastic; cotton tape and decorative tape.
General manager Lei Chen Chun says the trims are sold to its diverse customer base in Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and Africa, and the three-year-old company also supplies international brand names.
"Our customers include Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Giordano and Polo Ralph Lauren," he claims. "Raw materials such as cotton, nylon, polyester, rubber and spandex are sourced from the mainland, Malaysia and Europe."
The 8,000-square-metre factory in Dongguan on the mainland employs 100-200 workers and produces 2.5 million metres of trimmings a month. "Prices range from US$0.10-1.00 per metre, minimum order is 5,000 metres and delivery will be 3-4 weeks after confirmation," Lei says. "We welcome any requests and we do custom samples."
Prospect Industrial Co Ltd, meanwhile, places special emphasis on embroidery-related accessories including embroidered chenille badges, label and sequin patches, embroidered ribbon with beads and sequins, iron-on tape and other trimmings.
"Embroidered ribbon with glass beading has been our best-selling item for several years," merchandising manager Jenny Cheung explains, adding that beading is done by hand to enable a multiplicity of styles and shapes. "The embroidered patches in shiny PVC with brand name and logo motifs are also well-accepted by our customers."
She adds that the 16-year-old company accepts OEM projects with customer specifications.
"We continue to develop new patterns and designs to keep up with ODM projects and the ever-growing industry," Cheung insists.
Prospect's 12,000-square-foot factory in Shenzhen employs a 120-strong workforce, who process organza, velvet and other raw materials sourced from Japan, Taiwan, Korea and Hong Kong. "Monthly production is 300,000-500,000 patches and 50,000-80,000 metres of ribbon," Cheung adds.
FOB Hong Kong prices are around US$0.20-2.50 per yard for ribbons and US$0.05-1.00 per patch, but are subject to materials, quantity and ease of production.
Prospect's minimum order is 300 patches and 300 metres of ribbon, shipped 1-3 weeks after confirmation to its biggest markets in European countries such as France, Spain and Italy - although the US and Japan are also growing steadily.
The international garment industry is obviously in safe hands, given the immense variety of exquisite extras available from Hong Kong trimming manufacturers.
WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY LOK
Kerry Elastic Fabric Ltd
Rm 17, 11/F
International Trade Centre
11-19 Sha Tsui Rd
Tsuen Wan, New Territories
Lucky Weaving Lace Co Ltd
8/F, Blks C& D
Lung Shing Ind Bldg
142-148 Texaco Rd
Tsuen Wan, New Territories
Prospect Industrial Co Ltd
Unit 14, 12/F
Shing Yip Ind Bldg
19-21 Shing Yip St
Kwun Tong, Kowloon
Kwun Tong, Kowloon