19 April 2006
Leather Wallets & Purses(HKTDC Fashion - Leather Goods & Bags, Vol 02,2006)
|Ladies' wallets from Lok & Co in vibrant orange, yellow and black are made from cow leather, lamb skin and mock-crocodile cow leather|
Hong Kong manufacturers with their fingers on the pulse of fashion and market demands provide a vast array of wallets and purses to suit all pockets.
Markham Int'l Ltd, for instance, manufactures striking wallets and purses made not only from cow leather but also from ostrich leather imported from South Africa, Japanese shark skin and even Indonesian python skin.
Employing some 400 workers at a 7,000-square-metre factory in Dongguan on the Chinese mainland, the 12-year-old company produces a monthly average of 30,000 leather goods that are exported to Japan, the UK and the US.
Marketing manager Iris Hau attributes the company's success to the high standard of workmanship and the materials used. "There are very few manufacturers catering to the luxury end of the market and using exotic materials as we do," she claims.
She nominates the python skin purse that has proved particularly popular as an example of Markham's skill and dexterity, which at FOB Hong Kong unit prices of US$20-30 targets more discerning customers. "Our Japanese customers particularly appreciate the finish and the material," Hau adds. "Our exotic leather products are always popular in Japan."
Markham offers a choice of its own ranges or a bespoke service with products made to the client's specifications; both at FOB Hong Kong prices ranging from US$20-50 per piece for minimum orders of 300 units delivered 45 days after order confirmation.
Turning to more traditional cowhide wallets and purses, ISO 9001-certified Adson Group Ltd offers an extensive range of elegant items made from hides imported from Italy, Spain, Norway, Korea, the US and the Chinese mainland.
The 24-year-old company produces 120,000 units per month at a 14,000-square-metre mainland factory in Jiangmen that employs some 800 staff.
"We manufacture a wide range of products but our mainstay is small leather goods such as wallets and purses, which are particularly popular with European and American customers," explains assistant merchandiser Skyla Au, adding that Adson also supplies smaller volumes to the Japanese market. "Our products stand out because of the high quality of leather used and the manufacturing quality."
Adson has its own Adson brand and requires minimum orders of 300 pieces per style or 2,000 pieces per shipment, which are available at FOB Hong Kong prices ranging from US$4.50-20.00 and delivered 60-90 days after order confirmation.
The same flexibility has been one of the key elements in the success of Lok & Co, claims product manager Lucy Lok. "Customers appreciate our service, the fact that we produce goods to order within a scheduled time frame and of course our value-for-money products," she says.
Lok & Co's primary products are ladies' handbags, but the 14-year-old company also produces a chic array of wallets and purses, many of which bear the company's own Al Primo brand.
Popular materials include fashionable cow leather, lamb skin and mock-crocodile cow leather wallets in 10x12cm and 19x19cm sizes and vibrant colours such as orange, yellow and black.
Lok & Co's 25,000-square-foot factory in Dongguan has 150 employees who generally deliver orders 45 days after order confirmation. "We operate two production lines, and logistics and accounts, purchasing, quality control, product development and packaging divisions," Lok adds.
Japan and the EU are big buyers of Lok's wallets, which are available at FOB Hong Kong prices ranging from HK$100 per item down to PVC versions at around HK$20, depending on quantity.
"Our biggest volume shipments of leather wallets go to Japan, where more traditional styles such as the mock-crocodile finish are popular, but customers are mostly interested in cheaper PVC models," Lok explains.
Similarly creative is Wonder Best Group Co Ltd, which produces a range of small leather goods, handbags and camera cases using leather, polyester and nylon sourced in Brazil, Korea and the mainland.
Typical of Wonder Best's comprehensive range are the stylish dark brown, vegetable-tanned leather coin purse (model C-4007), wallet (model SW-1026) and long wallet (model LW-170).
Like the rest of the 14-year-old company's organisers, folders, briefcases, handbags and mobile phone, camera and cigarette cases, they are manufactured by 1,200 workers at a 30,000-square-metre factory in Dongguan.
"Our customers are given quality assurance by our ISO 9001 certification, which gives them confidence in our products," claims sales executive Mabel Ma, adding that Wonder Best is currently applying for ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certification.
Wonder Best, which has its own Pirago brand, caters to a broad spectrum of budgets with wallets and purses unit-priced from US$0.78-11.00 for minimum orders of 500 items delivered 30-45 days after order confirmation. "We export to Asia, the US and the EU, where Germany and the UK are particularly important markets," Ma adds.
The extensive range of styles, materials and prices offered by Hong Kong manufacturers looks like keeping consumers reaching for their wallets and purses for a long while yet.
WRITTEN BY NICK BRADLEY
Adson Group Ltd
Units 11-13, 16/F
Millennium City 5
418 Kwun Tong Rd
Kwun Tong, Kowloon
Dragon Leather Goods Ltd
Cheung Fung Mansions
21-25 Cheung Sha Wan Rd
Cheung Sha Wan, Kowloon
Lok & Co
14A, Stage 1
Kwai Shing Ind Bldg
36-40 Tai Lin Pai Rd
Kwai Hing, New Territories
Wonder Best Group Co Ltd
Units 13-15, 10/F, Blk B
Hi Tech Ind Centre
491-501 Castle Peak Rd
Tsuen Wan, New Territories