16 Jan 2006
Fabric Bags(HKTDC Fashion - Leather Goods & Bags, Vol 01,2006)
Eva Bella Development Co Ltd makes a fashion statement with its ethnic-look fabric bags decorated with heavy beading and patchwork
The casual elegance of textile totes manages to project a classy image that is simultaneously free and easy, and Hong Kong manufacturers have, as usual, been quick to spot and adopt winning looks.
Nowhere is the upbeat fabric trend more apparent than in the Indian-look fabric bags offered by Eva Bella Development Co Ltd, which are sought by international buyers keen on the ethnic look.
"The response is especially enthusiastic in Europe, which accounts for over 60% of our sales," enthuses director Isabella Chan, adding that other export destinations include the US, South America, Japan and Australia.
Eva Bella has developed its expertise in fabric, PU and PVC bags since its incorporation in 1991 to produce fashion handbags, jewellery, belts and scarves.
Chan believes that the tribal theme will prevail, noting that fall/winter versions are trimmed with luxurious Indian satin and jacquard in rich colours; spring/summer designs are interpreted in a pastel palette and lighter fabrics, while essential embroidery and beading are common to all four seasons.
"Our bags cost US$3-10 FOB Hong Kong, depending on fabric and design," adds Chan. "We require a minimum order of 300 pieces per style per colour delivered 45 days after order confirmation."
Veteran bag manufacturer C & C Fashion Products is equally confident the natural look will be a big hit in forthcoming seasons. "Canvas and cotton bags will be jazzed up with nature-inspired embroidery or silk-screen printed motifs, while natural hues like white and coral will also be popular," predicts managing director Cheng Shek To.
Established in 1978, C & C exports a full range of fabric, PU and nylon handbags, tote bags, travel bags, children's bags and straw bags to supermarkets and department stores in Europe, the US and Canada.
Some 250,000 of C & C's bags are produced each month at a 2,800-square-metre, 1,000-worker factory in Shenzhen on the Chinese mainland using "all kinds of fibres".
"Our prices range from US$0.50-3.00 FOB Hong Kong for minimum orders of 1,000 pieces in any one style or colour delivered 1-3 months after order confirmation," he confirms.
Predicting upcoming trends is equally important to Revivo Enterprises Ltd, and here the seven-year-old company claims to enjoy an extra edge. "Today's bag designs are spearheaded by apparel trends, and many of our European, American, Canadian and Australian buyers come from fashion houses," owner Alec Keung reveals. "So we are able to get advance market intelligence on what will be in vogue."
Keung believes that modish creations in coming seasons will be accented by dangling charms, or trimmed with metallic PU fabrics in cracked patterns and faux leather.
He notes that denim and canvas, which Revivo Enterprises sources from Hong Kong and the mainland, are evergreen choices when it comes to casual wear.
"They just appear in different weights, colours and treatments that give a new twist to an old favourite," Keung maintains. "For instance, washing and grinding treatments next season will become more delicate and subtle, which means more hand labour rather than machine work."
However this will not be a problem for Revivo, which houses some 300-plus workers in a 30,000-square-foot factory in Guangdong Province that can produce 70,000 bags a month.
"We have a product development centre that consists of more than 30 sample masters and craftsmen, who turn out more than 200 new samples a month," Keung claims.
Revivo ships fabric bags at unit prices ranging from US$3-8 FOB Hong Kong for minimum orders of 500 pieces per style and 2,000 pieces per shipment, delivered 45 days after order confirmation.
Almost as prolific is Miracle Support Co, which offers 2-3 new collections every two weeks to whet the appetites of its fashion-conscious customers in Europe and Southeast Asia, including Singapore, Taiwan and Japan.
"We explore the possibilities of different fabrics from Korea, Hong Kong and the mainland, because new materials are an important source of inspiration," says sales manager Amy Seto.
She says Miracle's latest crinkled satin collection has been a triumph, while rhinestones, rivets and studs in gold and bronze colours are projected to take centre stage in coming months.
"Combined with lace, faux crocodile skin or fun fur in pastel hues, they produce a fun, elegant effect," Seto claims.
Established in 1993, Miracle operates a 5,000-square-metre, 400-worker factory in the mainland's Guangdong Province that can produce 40,000 fashion bags a month.
"The minimum order is 600 pieces with at least 100 pieces per style per colour," Seto advises. Delivery can be accomplished 30-45 days after order confirmation.
Hong Kong manufacturers like these are renowned for never running out of novel ideas, so global buyers are guaranteed to be able to fill their order books with fashionable fabric bags.
WRITTEN BY WINNIE HUI