4 Oct 2006
Leather Gifts(HKTDC Fashion - Leather Goods & Bags, Vol 04,2006)
|Lico Leather Goods Mfg Co Ltd's stationery sets and wallets in high-quality leather make ideal gifts for executives|
The luxurious look and feel of leather combined with its sheer durability makes it the perfect material for thoughtful gifts of all kinds, shapes and sizes.
Leather gifts are also extremely popular, with consumers worldwide eagerly snapping up everything from accessories and decorations to containers and stationery.
Many of these proven favourites are manufactured by Hong Kong suppliers, who produce a cornucopia of delightful items designed to please both the gift-giver and the recipient.
One such company is Catherine Jewellery, whose range of stylish leather wrist bands for women includes a wide dark-brown model made of segments joined together by leather strings. "The design is different and pleasing," claims manager Kenneth Siu. "The wrist band is wide, with elaborate details."
Also sporting two stylish metallic studs, the wrist bands cost US$3 each FOB Hong Kong for minimum orders of 10 dozen per model delivered 3-4 weeks after order confirmation.
The company's product portfolio also includes leather wrist bands in various shades of brown, adorned with criss-cross patterns or studs. "We design our wrist bands according to the latest market trends," Siu adds.
Catherine Jewellery uses ox leather from the Chinese mainland in its wrist bands, which are manufactured at a 5,000-square-foot, 200-worker factory near Dongguan on the mainland. "Germany is our biggest market, making up 50% of our sales," Siu says, adding that Catherine sells worldwide.
Leather fashion accessories are also a specialty of Ten Gun Mfr Ltd, which makes belts from Argentine leather at its 11,980-square-metre, 185-worker factory in Huizhou on the mainland.
Among its recent custom designs is a green belt embellished with prints of the customer's logo. "Green is the customer's theme colour, so it is suitable for that brand as well as young people," says accounts manager Suzanne Mao.
She says Ten Gun's designers like playing with design to create effects that make the company's products stand out from the crowd. "They can come in any colour," she adds. "We have printing and metal processing operations."
The 33-year-old company's other products include a brown leather belt sporting a criss-cross pattern and a large round buckle, as well as a white belt with rows of round metallic studs. "We serve many leading international brands," Mao claims.
Ten Gun exports leather items to many parts of the world, including Japan, the US and Europe. "Europe is our main market, accounting for 45% of our turnover," Mao adds.
The leather gift category also includes accessories containers, such as the eye-catching bright red cube in the catalogue of Carto Leatherware Co Ltd.
Wrapped with a belt, the cowhide leather box consists of three horizontal compartments. "It's compact, dainty and designed to hold small accessories such as earrings," manager Raymond Kwok says, adding that it costs "about US$9" FOB Hong Kong for orders of at least 250 units each.
Also in Carto's cowhide leather range is a lockable jewellery box with a drawer as well as a lid equipped with a mirror and an earring holder. "It's made to hold jewellery items such as rings and bracelets," Kwok explains.
The box is priced at about US$16 FOB Hong Kong, with minimum orders of 100 units delivered approximately 35 days after order confirmation.
The 13-year-old company uses cowhide imported mainly from Korea and India to produce 60,000 leatherware items a month, including boxes, photo frames, penholders, bags, attachm cases and wallets.
Carto's 8,000-square-metre factory in Shenzhen on the mainland employs 350 workers, who supply major markets including Singapore, which takes 40% of the firm's output, and Europe (30%).
Hong Kong manufacturers aren't confined to fancy decorative items, however, and also produce numerous handy products for the home or workplace.
Take, for example, Lico Leather Goods Mfg Co Ltd's elegant six-piece leather stationery set, which comprises a desk mat, an A4 paper tray, a small paper tray, a cardholder, a penholder and a clip tray.
"Most stationery containers are in dark colours, but we've chosen innovative colours such as orange and red for this set, which is made from LV split or buffalo leather," merchandiser Eva Cheung says, adding that prices are available on request and minimum orders of 500 sets can be delivered 45-60 days after order confirmation.
The 23-year-old company also manufactures small leather items such as card cases, wallets, manicure sets, photo frames and jewellery bags, using leather or split leather from India, Korea, Italy and the mainland.
Lico's 50,000-square-foot, 300-worker factory in Dongguan produces 50,000-80,000 leather items a month at FOB Hong Kong unit prices ranging from US$2-20. "We export mainly to the US and Europe, which together contribute 70% of our sales," Cheung adds.
Buyers are obviously spoilt for choice when it comes to sourcing the huge array of ever-popular, high-quality, competitively-priced leather gifts on offer in Hong Kong.
WRITTEN BY LIZA LEE
Carto Leatherware Co Ltd
South China Ind Bldg
1-7 Chun Pin St
Kwai Chung, New Territories
Evergreen Handbags Fty
Units 8-10, 42/F, Tower 2
223 Hing Fong Rd
Kwai Chung, New Territories
Ten Gun Mfr Ltd
Cheung Fung Ind Bldg
23-39 Pak Tin Par St
Tsuen Wan, New Territories
Top-Art Mfg Ltd
Rm 601, Blk 3
Nan Fung Ind City
Tuen Mun, New Territories
Uni Industrial Ltd
5/F, 20 Wing Hong St
Lai Chi Kok, Kowloon