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Compact Carriers(HKTDC Fashion - Leather Goods & Bags, Vol 01,2002)


Vol. 1, 2002

Product Features

Compact Carriers
Box Handbags

Handy Helpers
Wallets & Cases

Sun, Sand & Sea Styles
Beach Bags

 

Compact Carriers

Box Handbags

Beauty Kind Industrial Ltd's palm-sized handbags in gold and silver fabric and metal may enhance the charm of anyone carrying them.

AS a hot spot for fashion, design and trade, Hong Kong is an obvious operating base for companies to produce quality branded products. Suppliers demonstrate this trend by creating a dazzling array of box handbags.

Five-year-old Best Peace Int'l Ltd specializes in nylon and leather bags, wallets and shoes, along with PU bags and purses.

From its headquarters in Hong Kong, the company operates a 35,000-square-foot factory employing 150 workers in Guangzhou on the Chinese mainland. Each month, the factory produces about 20,000 items, frequently using cowhide and PU sourced through Hong Kong and split leather from South Korea.

"The Chinese mainland is a very important market for us now so we are developing new ideas and high-quality items for consumers there," says director Xu Tsui.

The nylon box-bags pictured right come in various styles, often incorporating glitter nylon material or a sequin finish. Prices are US$6-10 FOB Hong Kong per piece. Minimum order is 300 pieces for small goods and 500 pieces for PU or imitation leather items. Shipments depart after 45 days.

Since 1984, Bronte Mfg Co Ltd has specialized in rhinestone-covered evening bags, mirror cases and pillboxes. These distinctive pieces emerge from a 2,700-square-metre factory employing 250 workers on the Chinese mainland.

Bronte uses brass from Japan and rhinestones from Austria, the latter coming in 30 colours. Designs can be tailored to customer preferences.

Evening bag models PM97430REH, PM97040REH and B329RD cost US$12-15 FOB Hong Kong per unit. Prices in Bronte's collection are usually US$12-50 per piece. Minimum order requirements are 500 pieces total and 20 per model for shipment after 45 days.

Each month Bronte produces 15,000 handbags and 5,000 units of various other items. The company has nurtured strong relationships with major department stores in the US and Italy, but continues seeking new market prospects.

In tough economic times, aggressive marketing is necessary. "Maintaining close contacts with regular customers, developing new ideas and demonstrating flexibility, including price adjustments, are important," says manager Ricky Soong.

Famous Leathergoods Co is no stranger to attracting overseas interest in its unusual designs for leather bags, wallets and briefcases.

"We welcome brand names and licensees' production," says manager Vion Kwan.

Founded in 1986, the company has a 20,000-square-foot factory with 250 workers in Shenzhen on the Chinese mainland. Much of its monthly output of 30,000 pieces is fashioned from Italian leather and sold to customers in Japan and Europe.

"All our products are licensed for international brand names, so the quality must be excellent," Kwan says. The company aims to expand into wider markets.

Models 2420, 2425 and 2426 all display an inimitable jigsaw-puzzle pattern. Two are smaller box handbags with handles while model 2420 is a large tote bag. Each is tooled from Italian leather.

Minimum orders are 500 pieces for leather bags and 1,000 for PVC or nylon. Shipment is 30-45 days after order confirmation.

Ocean Industrial Co is a 14-year-old manufacturer offering expertise in the creation of evening bags, cosmetic boxes and gift or jewellery boxes for international brand names. It secures satin, paper, silk, velvet, PVC and other raw materials from Taiwan, the Chinese mainland, Japan and South Korea.

At the company's 50,000-square-foot factory in Guangzhou, 250 workers produce a variety of bags and boxes. Monthly output is about 120,000 pieces.

Stylish evening designs include a black sparkle satin evening bag (model B0377A), a blue python-PVC evening bag (875A) and a red velvet evening bag (1915A). The respective unit prices are approximately US$2.25, US$3.10 and US$2.90 FOB Hong Kong.

Minimum orders are flexible, with the prices adjusted depending on quantity. Shipments to major markets in the US, Canada, Australia, Japan and Europe depart 30 days after order confirmation.

Products from Ocean Industrial appear in almost every important market. "We want to expand most aggressively in Europe," says company representative Alice Cheung.

WRITTEN BY JULIE CHOI

Contact Details

Argo Free Co Ltd
11/F, Units G-H, Ardour Centre
680 Castle Peak Rd
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2793-1366
Fax: 852-2793-1418
E-mail: argofree@netvigator.com

Beauty Kind Industrial Ltd
9/F, Flat C13, Blk C
Hong Kong Ind Centre
489-491 Castle Peak Rd
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2411-1196
Fax: 852-2415-2779
E-mail: handbag@beautykind.com.hk

Best Peace Int'l Ltd
Suite 1110, World Commerce Centre
Harbour City
11 Canton Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2375-3618
Fax: 852-2375-3739
E-mail: bp9807@netvigator.com

Bronte Mfg Co Ltd
10/F, Flat B3, Yip Fung Ind Bldg
28-36 Kwai Fung Cres, Kwai Chung
New Territories, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2425-0704
Fax: 852-2487-0676
E-mail: ricky@bronte-hk.com

Chiu Wah (Nice Guide) Investment Ltd
3/F, Blk B, Way Lee Ind Centre
30-38 Tsuen King Circuit, Tsuen Wan
New Territories, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2493-0084
Fax: 852-2411-0670
E-mail: sales@chiuwah.com.hk

Famous Leathergoods Co
7/F, Unit 706, Park Sun Fty Bldg
103-107 Wo Yip Hop Rd, Kwai Chung
New Territories, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2399-0213
Fax: 852-2381-9823
E-mail: famousco@netvigator.com

Ocean Industrial Co
5/F, Rm A
72 Cheung Sha Wan Rd
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2776-6177
Fax: 852-2788-0771
E-mail: info@oceanind.com


Handy Helpers

Wallets & Cases

Fashion-conscious women carry these colourful purses (top and right) and coin holders (bottom left) from Shui Lung Leather Product Ltd..
IN small but important ways, wallets, key-cases, name-card holders, coin purses and similar items help to create a sense of order and organization. Hong Kong manufacturers supply such products in a wide range of designs and materials.

Top-grain leather wallets in black, brown, red or camel for men and women form Colliloy Industrial Ltd's best-selling line. This OEM and private-label supplier also makes key-cases, coin purses, stationery folders and organisers.

Four hundred workers at the 13-year-old company's factory in Shenzhen on the Chinese mainland produce 80,000 pieces monthly for export to North America, Australia and Europe.

"Half our products are made of leather while the others are PU, PVC or fabric. We see a rising interest in such combinations as PU or fabric with leather," says director Lawrence Liu.

Men's wallets remain slim and simple in style, but women demand more credit-card slots and billfold separators. "Stitching is more popular too," Liu adds.

Women's leather wallets (12-14x10cm) cost US$3-7 FOB Hong Kong per piece compared with US$2-6 for men's models (10x9cm). Minimum order is 2,000 pieces per colour for shipment within 45-60 days.

Shui Lung Leather Product Ltd, a Hong Kong-Japanese joint venture, offers medium-priced classic leather wallets for less than US$10 FOB Hong Kong each. Leather key-cases cost US$3-6 FOB Hong Kong while coin purses are US$4-8. The five-year-old company also makes PVC and nylon articles.

"Imitation reptile-skin products using split leather sell well, as do women's items in purple, pink or yellow," says representative Doreen Tse.

Shui Lung is an OEM supplier active in the Japanese market and has plans to expand into the US, Europe and more of Asia.

Six hundred workers at its 10,000-square-metre factory in Dongguan on the Chinese mainland can produce 150,000 pieces monthly. Later this year the company will introduce three of its own brands: Likkay (for higher-end men's and women's leather goods); Morishui (for medium-priced women's leather items); and Candonnini (for split-leather and nylon articles).

Minimum order is 1,000 pieces, but this is negotiable. Depending on quantity and special requirements, shipment is 20-40 days after order confirmation.

At Ping Man Leather & Plastic Hand Bag Co Ltd, such stationery-related items as business-card holders, document cases and stationery portfolios account for 60% of sales. Smoking accessories (cigarette cases, cigar cases and tobacco pouches) constitute 30%. Wallets provide the remaining 10%.

Founded in 1933, Ping Man uses leather, PU and nylon. A PU business-card holder (2.5x12.5cm), one of the company's most popular items, sells for HK$22-25 (US$2.82-3.21) FOB Hong Kong. Among smoking accessories, the best seller is a nylon cigarette case (9x6.5x2.5cm) for ladies at HK$13-15 (US$1.67-1.92). Men's leather wallets (16x8cm) priced at HK$25-30 (US$3.21-3.85) also do well.

Germany and the Netherlands are Ping Man's major markets. "Our products suit Europe better than the US because we use PU and leather instead of PVC. We hope to expand into Japan because our quality control can match Japanese requirements," says manager Felix Leung.

Items in PU with imitation-reptile appearance are strong sellers, as are those featuring more decorative stitching, Leung adds.

The family-owned company has 220 workers producing 100,000-120,000 items monthly, mostly on a private-label basis, at its factory in Dongguan. Minimum order is 500-600 pieces per model. Shipment is 40-45 days after order confirmation.

Established in 1976, Evergreen Handbags Fty offers wallets, organisers, travel purses, coin purses, business-card cases, key-cases and handbags.

Wallets in a choice of leather, PVC or nylon are the main product line. Leather wallets (11.5x9.5cm for men and 16x12cm for ladies) generally cost US$2-10 while coin purses are US$0.50-2.50. Among products in nylon or PVC, wallets cost US$0.50-2.50 and coin purses cost US$0.30-1.50. All prices are FOB Hong Kong.

The company's factories in Dongguan and Bao An, both on the Chinese mainland, generate about 100,000 items monthly. "The Bao An factory focuses on high-end items while the one in Dongguan handles medium-priced products. We plan to move the Dongguan factory to Bao An so everything will be in one location," says marketing executive Simon Yu. Each factory employs 350 workers.

Evergreen's exports are evenly divided among Japan, Eastern and Western Europe, North and South America.

"Eastern Europeans and South Americans prefer traditional styles in black, brown or burgundy, but Japanese buyers like more colourful, fashion-sensitive goods. For Italy and Germany, we must ensure our wallets are the proper size for their driving licences," Yu says.

Minimum order is 1,000 pieces per model for shipment 45 days after order confirmation.

WRITTEN BY ANDREA PAWLYNA

Contact Details

Colliloy Industrial Ltd
9/F, Unit 903, Blk B
Hong Kong Worsted Mills Ind Bldg
31-39 Wo Tong Tsui St, Kwai Chung
New Territories, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2410-0038
Fax: 852-2410-0017
E-mail: colliloy@netvigator.com

Evergreen Handbags Fty
Units 4208-4210
Tower 2, Metroplaza
223 Hing Fong Road, Kwai Chung
New Territories, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2423-3828
Fax: 852-2480-5933
E-mail: eversini@evergreen-sini.com.hk

Hung Chun Enterprise Co
11/F, Unit 16, Profit Ind Bldg
1-15 Kwai Fung Crescent, Kwai Chung
New Territories, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2409-8215
Fax: 852-2615-2829
E-mail: hungchun@hkstar.com

Ka Wai Trading Co
20/F, Flat 10, Technology Plaza
29-35 Sha Tsui Rd, Tsuen Wan
New Territories, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2413-1226
Fax: 852-2411-4783
E-mail: kawai_hk@ctimail.com

Ping Man Leather & Plastic Hand Bag Co Ltd
33/F, Blk B, Amiata Ind Bldg
58-64 Lei Muk Rd, Kwai Chung
New Territories, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2424-9921
Fax: 852-2420-5647
E-mail: pingman@hkstar.com

Shui Lung Leather Product Ltd
Rm 2301, Fortune Comm Bldg
362 Sha Tsui Rd, Tsuen Wan
New Territories, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2407-1513
Fax: 852-2407-2948
E-mail: sllpltd@netvigator.com


Sun, Sand & Sea Styles

Beach Bags

A waterproof bag from Gain Source Industrial Ltd relies on semi-transparent PVC to shine like the sun on the beaches of Europe and South Africa.

PACKING for a day at the beach can be a chore. Lotions, towels and drinks are just a few of the necessary items. Fortunately, the latest beach bags satisfy the demands of fashionable beachgoers and convert the chore into a pleasure.

Grand Bag Centre Co Ltd makes classic straw bags with canvas linings. "We have three in-house designers and offer 7-8 collections for our two seasons," says manager Mimi Chung.

The 21-year-old company produces about 100,000 units per month at its factory in Dongguan on the Chinese mainland. "Our products are middle-end. We try to give customers the best quality at reasonable prices," Chung says.

Bags of all shapes and sizes bear Grand Bag's own Surprise and RV Sportage brands. The traditional straw raw materials come from Taiwan.

"This collection uses a lot of pastels and is very fresh," says Chung. Prices range from US$3.92 FOB Hong Kong for a medium-sized tote bag to US$5.54 for a large straw and canvas duffel bag.

Minimum order is 800 pieces per style for shipment after 45-60 days. Leading markets include Europe, South America and the Middle East.

Swimmers and sunbathers frequently want beach bags in basic colours and standard styles. Gain Source Industrial Ltd makes precisely such products.

"People always want these bags. We make them in black, white, blue, orange - basic colours," says sales manager Dice Cheung.

Designers at Gain Source work closely with customers to create ideal styles. The company has made bags for 13 years and currently produces about 300,000 pieces monthly at its factory in Shenzhen on the Chinese mainland. Nylon and PVC are sourced from Taiwan and the mainland.

The low- to middle-end bags are unit priced at US$2.20-3.20 FOB Hong Kong. Minimum order is 1,200 pieces for shipment within 50 days to such main markets as Europe and South Africa.

Baby Hippo Int'l Ltd makes fashionable bags that are fun. A rainbow-coloured mesh bag costing US$2 FOB Hong Kong per unit will attract envious stares at any beach.

"Europe is one of our key markets, and Europeans are rather particular about designs and colours, so we strive to create designs that appeal to our clients," says marketing manager Steven Poon.

Fifteen-year-old Baby Hippo also makes cosmetics, sports and back-to-school bags. Each month its factory in Shenzhen uses PVC, leather, nylon, cotton and polyester from Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, India and Italy to create 100,000-300,000 bags.

"We work with clients to discover what they want or what is popular and then create designs for them," says Poon. Minimum order value is US$10,000 for shipment after 60 days.

Fairdeal Mfg Co Ltd began making bags in 1964. "We used to do only OEM, but now handle ODM work too," says product manager Simon Cheung.

The company's large transparent bags are trendy, attractive and waterproof. "We have four designers coming out with many different styles. They work with clients in adjusting designs and colours to create the most suitable products," says Cheung.

Fairdeal creates numerous low- to high-end bags. "We want to project high quality and style at reasonable prices," says Cheung.

Unit prices range from US$2 FOB Hong Kong for a frosted PVC bag to US$3.50 for a patent PVC and nylon mesh model. Minimum order is 5,000 pieces to be shipped after 45-60 days. Main markets are the UK, Australia, Germany, France, Japan, Sweden, Spain, the US and Italy.

The 'cool' choice from Promotional Bags Mfr Ltd not only accommodates clothes and personal items but also keeps drinks cold. The company's waterproof cooling bags come in various sizes, round and rectangular, and can be carried backpack style too.

Probably the most versatile model is the beach-mat bag that not only carries and cools but also unzips and flattens into a reflective beach mat with an inflatable pillow. Promotional also makes single-bottle coolers to sling over shoulders.

Founded in 1992, Promotional Bags operates a 300-square-metre factory on the Chinese mainland. Monthly production is 300,000 pieces. Orders (1,000 pieces minimum) are shipped within 30 days. Main markets are Germany, the UK, Switzerland, Italy, Japan and the US.

WRITTEN BY MELISSA G. WESTCOTT

Contact Details

Baby Hippo Int'l Ltd
12/F, Rm 1212, Tower 2, Silvercord
30 Canton Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2743-3380
Fax: 852-2745-6530
E-mail: marketing@hippoint.com

Fairdeal Mfg Co Ltd
11/F, Unit B
Cheung Lung Ind Bldg
10 Cheung Yee St, Cheung Sha Wan
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2741-6366
Fax: 852-2742-5470
E-mail: inquiry@fairdeal.com.hk

Gain Source Industrial Ltd
15/F, Rm 1501
Hong Kong Worsted Mills Ind Bldg
31-39 Wo Tong Tsui St, Kwai Chung
New Territories, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2481-4308
Fax: 852-2481-4784
E-mail: gain@netvigator.com

Grand Bag Centre Co Ltd
16/F, Flats B6-8
Kong Nam Ind Bldg
603-609 Castle Peak Rd, Tsuen Wan
New Territories, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2498-1883
Fax: 852-2413-4870
E-mail: grandbag@netvigator.com

Promotional Bags Mfr Ltd
21/F, Unit 6
Well Fung Ind Centre
58-76 Ta Chuen Ping St, Kwai Chung
New Territories, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2421-0828
Fax: 852-2485-3337
E-mail: janet@promotionalbags.com

Super Art Industries (HK) Ltd
12/F, Flat 15, New Commerce Centre
On Lai St, Sha Tin
New Territories, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2648-2683
Fax: 852-2648-1196
E-mail: thesuperart@hongkong.com

 

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