11 Jan 2007
Leather Holders(HKTDC Fashion - Leather Goods & Bags, Vol 01,2007)
|Sinofactories Enterprise uses red stripes to highlight its latest collection of leather holders|
Whether looking for upmarket selections or good value-for-money gifts and premiums, buyers should make Hong Kong leather manufacturers their first port of call.
Well-established companies such as Sharton Industrial Ltd pride themselves on always providing ample choice for buyers on all budgets.
Specialising in wallets, key holders and organisers since its incorporation in 1980, Sharton boasts that it offers quality products in a wide price bracket.
"We are very strong in material sourcing, which is why we can cope with our OEM customers' different budgets," claims senior merchandiser Winnie Choi, noting that the choice of material does make a significant difference in price.
She cites as examples an A4-size organiser made from Italian leather that costs US$50 each FOB Hong Kong, and a simple wallet made from Chinese-mainland PVC that costs just US$2.
"Of course there are many price points in between, but what stays consistent with all our products is our good workmanship," Choi insists.
Sharton's 1,500-square-foot factory in Guangdong Province on the mainland employs 200 workers, who produce an average of 60,000 items a month.
"They are all dedicated to achieving the precise quality standards required by our US and European buyers," Choi claims, adding that Sharton requires a minimum order of 300 pieces per style delivered 45 days after order confirmation.
The high-end market is the focus of Fung Tat Leather Fty Ltd, which has its own Tosca brand and ships leather and PU wallets, organisers and holders to Europe, Japan and North America.
The 18-year-old company also works with marketing firms that source quality leather gifts and premiums for renowned fashion and automobile brands.
"Besides offering traditional cow nappa leather goods, we also produce more trendy and colourful varieties like some recent prototypes in a pastel palette and leather with 'crush and crack' finishing," reveals sales and marketing manager Dick Tung.
He maintains that Fung Tat's customers are willing to pay a little more for distinctive quality, noting that one of the company's leather credit-card holders costs around US$3.50 FOB Hong Kong while a leather travelling wallet sells for US$10.
"We use high-quality leather from Italy, Indonesia, India and Malaysia, and even imported glue from Holland and Germany," he explains. "These materials, together with our skilled handcrafting, all contribute to our renowned product durability and performance."
Fung Tat's 6,000-square-metre, 500-worker factory in Guangdong Province produces an average of 100,000 pieces a month. "We require a minimum order of 500 pieces per item and delivery time varies from 30-60 days," Tung adds.
Similarly focused on quality is Horsepower Enterprises & Co, which was incorporated in 1988 as a leather trading firm but transformed itself into a leather goods manufacturer in 1993.
"We can handle different materials and are well-acquainted with leather suppliers from different places," claims manager Thomas Leung.
Horsepower's 300-square-metre, 50-worker factory in Guangdong Province turns genuine leather from India and Pakistan and synthetic leather from Taiwan, Korea and the mainland into small leather goods for the gifts and premiums sector.
"Besides the local market, we also serve advertising companies in Spain and Belgium, which demand good prices and quality and prompt delivery to meet their tight schedules," says Leung, noting that average order turnaround time is 35 days.
He says Horsepower's "attractive pricing" is typified by a PVC card holder that costs about US$1.50 FOB Hong Kong per piece, a leather version that sells for approximately US$3 and a PVC travelling wallet, A4 folder and organiser unit-priced at US$4-5. "One more important selling point is we are very flexible with regard to minimum quantity," Leung adds.
Though a relative late-comer, having only debuted in 2000, Sinofactories Enterprise is already supplying small leather goods to international names such as Agnéb, H&M, Sabelle and Thomas Sabo.
"We are an energetic young firm that emphasises management and standardization, which empowers us to monitor production and quality effectively," claims marketing manager Martha Chee.
Sinofactories is also keen to comply with international standards, meeting the international COC standard and using raw materials that comply with European chemical requirements in its 10,000-square-metre, 500-worker factory in Guangdong Province.
Chee adds that working with leading fashion brands also requires Sinofactories to keep abreast of the latest market trends. "This helps us to smoothly interpret customers' concepts and offer appropriate advice when developing their collections," she says.
Sinofactories produces 150,000 items a month, and requires a minimum order of 1,000 pieces for leather goods and 3,000 pieces for PU items. "Our main markets are Europe and Japan," Chee says, noting delivery is 45-60 days after order confirmation.
Demonstrating yet again, that there is always something that fits buyers' pockets when it comes to the wide array of quality leather holders manufactured in Hong Kong.
WRITTEN BY WINNIE HUIContact Details
Fung Tat Leather Fty Ltd
Unit N, 5/F, Wah Lik Ind Centre
459 Castle Peak Rd, Tsuen Wan
New Territories, Hong Kong
Horsepower Enterprises & Co
Unit 5, 6/F, Pacific Trade Centre
2 Kai Hing Rd, Kowloon Bay
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Sharton Industrial Ltd
12/F, Union Ind Bldg
48 Wong Chuk Hang Rd
Aberdeen, Hong Kong