1 July 2003
Hong Kong Leather Goods & Bags - Product Features
Travelling In Style
Travel in style with this Baleno brand EVA polyester cabin-sized trolley case and tote bag from Straight Success Development Ltd
Long gone are those dreary days when travelling meant carrying bulky bags from place to place. Today's traveller has a bewildering choice of smart and functional matching luggage, thanks to dedicated Hong Kong manufacturers who have developed an enormous range of products specically designed for stylish travellers.
"We put considerable effort into the development of our products and aim to unveil four, or at least three, new series a year to meet the changing needs of our customers," says Lowell Chan, manager of Bolin Industries Co Ltd.
Bolin's production facilities in Dongguan on the Chinese mainland have produced
and exported a wide range of travelling goods, notably to Europe and North and
South America, since 1995.
"We work with in-house designers and customers to create tailor-made designs," Chan notes. "The bags are fashioned from polyester, nylon and PVC sourced from Taiwan, Korea and the mainland."
Bolin's BR-108 series, for example, comprises a matching trolley case, travel bag and tote bag ranging in size from 16-29 inches. The two largest trolley cases can also be expanded an extra 2 1/2 inches to satisfy those travellers who don't believe in travelling light.
"Durability is a main concern with regard to travelling items," Chan comments. "Our designers add front panel foam to the trolley cases to give them extra protection and choose high density materials to enhance wear."
This long lasting luggage is available with a minimum order of one TEU shipped 40-45 days after order confirmation at FOB Hong Kong prices provided on request.
Equally dedicated to meeting travellers' needs is Lee Tat Enterprises Co, which pampers end-users with attentive choices in a profusion of styles and sizes.
"Our new model 2508, a five-wheel, 360-degree turning, expandable trolley case, is set to move and turn around more smoothly than traditional cases," says Mandy Siu, sales manager of the 11-year-old company.
"The case is made of EVA, which provides an effective bouncy lining to cushion any shocks, while the surface is mounted with a shiny polyester called Shandong silk to give the case a sheen."
The company's 250-worker factory in Shanghai makes up to 50,000 bags and travel cases per month, most of which are middle range items exported to wholesalers and importers in Europe.
Lee Tat's bags, travel cases, trolley cases and cooler bags can be delivered 35-40 days after confirmation of a minimum order that depends on the item number.
Europe is also a major market for Associated Industrial Co Ltd, which has built a US$20m business in North America and the European continent since it was founded in 1967.
"We specialise in OEM orders at low-to-medium prices in the US and Canada while taking a further step to market our own brand - Bon Voyage - in European markets," says sales director Frankie Lee.
"Long production experience, stringent management controls and competitive pricing are key elements of our success. Our ISO 9001-certified factory in Shenzhen on the mainland offers a package of distinctive services to win new customers and retain existing clients."
One thousand workers at the 30,000-square-metre factory can produce 60,000 pieces of luggage per month. Minimum order is 500 pieces per style shipped 45-60 days after order confirmation
Popular models include the C0482 series that includes an upright soft case trolley, duffel bag and tote bag ranging in size from 16-28 inches. "Black remains the most popular colour while blue and khaki are in demand too," Lee says.
A comparative newcomer, having only entered the luggage market about three years ago, Score World (China) Ltd specialises in designing user-friendly, functional items for discerning travellers.
Model SW1007BM-22 is a must-have item for young globetrotters, featuring a curved mono-pole aluminum shaft, a wheeled backpack and a smaller detachable backpack for day use.
"This is a trendy design, which combines the handiness of wheeled luggage and backpacks," says director Patrick Wong. "The detachable backpack is ideal for a one- or two-day excursion."
Score World hasn't ignored business travellers either, developing a Hybride trolley that adds style to the dullest journey. "This is a remarkable marriage between hard and soft materials," Wong explains. "1200HD polyester was used as the main body with ABS as the rear case."
He says all these models can be tailor-made from 20-28 inches. "OEM customers may request to change the materials to keep up with fashion," Wong adds. "We offer an assortment of colours to suit the different tastes of men and women."
Score World manufactures its products at a factory in Dongguan, which employs 200 workers. Prices depend on the design and material used and minimum order size is one TEU delivered 60 days after order confirmation.
So don't travel farther than Hong Kong when it comes to sourcing stylish matching luggage that turns heads as easily as it builds sales.
WRITTEN BY VANAPA ONGVISES
Associated Industrial Co Ltd
22/F, Blk B
Young Ya Ind Bldg
381-9 Sha Tsui Rd
Tsuen Wan, New Territories
Bolin Industries Co Ltd
Tsun Yip Centre
41 Tsun Yip St
Kwun Tong, Kowloon
Hing Time Luggage Co
Rms 1108-9, Shun Fat Bldg
17 Wang Hoi Rd
Kowloon Bay, Kowloon
King Zebra Enterprise (HK) Ltd
Rm A3, 12/F, Blk A
Hong Kong Ind Centre
489-491 Castle Peak Rd
Score World (China) Ltd
1/F, Prosperity Ind Bldg
89 Wai Yip St
Kwun Tong, Kowloon
Straight Success Development Ltd
Rm 2010, Tsuen Wan Ind Centre
220-248 Texaco Rd
Tsuen Wan, New Territories
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