29 June 2006
Cosmetic Bags(HKTDC Fashion - Leather Goods & Bags, Vol 03,2006)
These laminated cotton cosmetic bags with pink floral prints are designed and manufactured by M & T Enterprise Co Ltd and bear its J. Florence brand
The enormous worldwide demand for make-up bags by women and cosmetic companies alike is increasingly met by Hong Kong companies committed to providing quality, innovative products at competitive prices.
Foremost among them is M & T Enterprise Co Ltd, which has designed an elegant cosmetic bag collection in laminated cotton with fancy pink floral prints.
"They look summery and they discard water, which is useful given they are often taken to the washroom," director Moon Cheng says, adding that they are also easily cleaned.
M & T manufactures a variety of cosmetic bags for every occasion, including models with inside compartments such as a vanity case with pockets containing cosmetic brushes.
Each month, the eight-year-old manufacturer's 200-worker Dongguan factory on the Chinese mainland produces some 100,000-200,000 cosmetic bags using cotton, nylon and PVC from the mainland, Taiwan and Korea.
"Most of our products are within the US$1-5 FOB Hong Kong unit price range," Cheng notes, adding that a minimum order is 1,000 units and delivery is usually within 30 days of order confirmation.
M & T also sells bags bearing its J. Florence brand to chain stores and cosmetic firms. "Europe is our biggest market, accounting for 50% of our sales," Cheng adds, "although we also export to Australia, New Zealand, the US and Canada."
Funky fashion styles are a forte of Well Leader Industrial Co Ltd,which boasts a catalogue of attractive cosmetic bags such as a colourful round-cornered model sporting pictures of women, including one clad in a bikini. "This particular model is 300D printing nylon with sponge PVC backing," marketing executive Jackie Lo explains.
Equally eye-catching are a purple bag in 0.6 mm pearl PVC leather embellished with a sparkling stone-studded heart, and a PVC leather model adorned with fur. "The materials are sourced from the mainland," Lo adds, noting that Well Leader uses nylon, PVC, canvas, EVA, PEVA, mesh, organza and microfibre.
The 21-year-old enterprise manufactures about 100,000 cosmetic bags a month at its 50,000-square-foot, 350-worker mainland factory in Shenzhen. "Most of our customers are cosmetic companies, including some internationally famous brands," Lo claims.
Well Leader requires minimum orders of at least 5,000 units, delivered 30-45 days after order confirmation. "We sell mostly to the US and Europe, including France, Germany and Italy, while other markets include Australia, Russia, Korea and Japan," Lo adds.
Similarly stylish are the cosmetic bags produced by Rico Handbags Mfy Ltd, which has launched a range featuring rhinestones. "We use rhinestones as a gimmick as they are in vogue," director Ringo Ng explains.
For example, a pink microfibre bag from Rico features an embroidered outline of a woman sporting a rhinestone necklace. "It is eye-catching and a trendy design and shape," Ng says of the trapezoid bag. "It also has a large zip opening, so the user can see the contents clearly, and features an inside pocket for holding items like a mirror or a comb."
A dark-blue semi-circular model, also graced by rhinestones, comes in fake suede. "Fake suede, which feels like genuine suede but is light, is a popular garment material at present," Ng says. "This bag also has a wide zip opening, and two inside pockets."
Both items sell for about US$1 FOB Hong Kong each and, like the rest of Rico's output, are available in minimum order quantities of 1,000 units per colour per model delivered within 50 days.
The 12-year-old firm also uses PVC, nylon and printed cotton, most of which hail from the mainland, and produces approximately 150,000 cosmetic bags a month at its 150-worker factory in Dongguan.
Rico's major market is Europe, including such countries as the UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain. "Our customers include retailers, wholesalers and international cosmetic brands," Ng advises.
Equally inventive is Yiko Bags Mfg (HK) Ltd, which turned to the butterfly motif when it sought something different. "Butterfly patterns are not very common when it comes to cosmetic bags, so they set our products apart," notes designer Alex Wong. "Our bags feature different kinds of butterflies and we use double-layered materials, which also helps make our bags distinctive."
One model features a butterfly-print canvas covered with an outer layer of EVA, while another variation has a printed canvas butterfly bonded to an outer sheet of colourful mesh.
Both two models are priced at about US$2 FOB Hong Kong each, and are manufactured at a 9,500-square-metre, 500-worker Dongguan factory using materials from Taiwan and the mainland.
Yiko requires minimum quantities of 1,000 units consigned within 55-60 days, mostly to Europe. "Other markets include Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong," Wong notes. "Our customers include retailers, wholesalers, cosmetic firms and also fashion companies."
Obviously, the beauty of cosmetic bags from Hong Kong suppliers lies in their rich variety, high quality and competitive prices - a fact obvious to buyers and users alike.
WRITTEN BY LIZA LEE
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