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Mixed Bags(HKTDC Fashion - Leather Goods & Bags, Vol 04,2001)

Vol. 4, 2001

Product Features

Mixed Bags
Two-Tone Handbags

Leaders Of The Pack
Fashion Backpacks

Business Essentials
Briefcases & Portfolios


Mixed Bags

Two-Tone Handbags

These leather two-tone bags from Artrich Int'l Ltd make a classic style statement and go well with any formal outfit.

TWO-TONE handbags are popular fashion accessories throughout Asia, Europe and the US. Although Hong Kong companies produce bags in a variety of colours, the classic hues of beige and black remain popular. Moves to expand the two-tone range appear most clearly in terms of materials - mixing leather with PVC, fabric and nylon.

Since 1993, Artrich Int'l Ltd has made ladies' handbags in such diverse materials as leather, satin and suede. The company's best-selling bags are fashion and evening models.

"The most popular colour combination for two-tone handbags is black with beige or black with white. We export most of our two-tone bags to the US," says manager Ricky Soong.

Artrich imports cowsplit from South Korea. The bags may be embellished with rhinestones from Swarovski or brass studs from Japan. Monthly production averages 15,000 items. Minimum order value is US$5,000 with shipment 30-45 days after order confirmation.

Artrich employs 200 workers in a 3,000-square-metre factory on the Chinese mainland. Prices in the two-tone collection are US$16.50-17.50 per piece FOB Hong Kong.

Heiman Mfg Ltd has made PVC and fabric bags since 1986 at its 500-worker factory in Shenzhen on the Chinese mainland. The company imports PVC and fabric from Taiwan and South Korea and uses the brand name Belle. Its major market is Japan.

"For bags, PVC is competitively priced, especially since purchasing power is not so strong at the moment. For two-tone bags, beige and black are the most popular colours, followed by red. We can offer different colours," says merchandiser Kusno Sidik.

Heiman's monthly production is 40,000 units. Minimum order is 300-500 pieces. Shipment follows order confirmation by 45 days.

With 15 years of bag-making experience, Elegant Scene Leather Goods Ltd offers a wide range of leather and PVC handbags and wallets matching the company name - elegant.

"You can see by looking at our bags that the quality and craftsmanship are good," says company representative Kennis Mak.

Elegant imports cowsplit from Italy. The company has its offices in Hong Kong and a factory employing more than 1,000 workers in Dongguan on the Chinese mainland. Monthly production is 100,000 pieces. Minimum orders depend on materials, and delivery is within 30-50 days of order confirmation.

Elegant has its own designers and also produces under the Gillian and Fanciful brands. Its major markets are Southeast Asia and Europe.

Although beige and black remain popular coordinating colours, Mak predicts a new trend. "Two-tone leather bags are popular, but soon bags made of different materials, including fabric, nylon and pony, will become popular," Mak says.

Another trend is to embellish bags, such as with a PVC flower motif. Mak says flowers are the most requested additions to bags.

Adson Group Ltd director Susan Cabanal, who designs some of the company's leather handbags, small leather goods and evening or fashion bags, is well aware of fickle bag-fashion trends. Since the company began in 1982, monochrome bags have been the most popular but two-tone models are more fashion-related, says Cabanal.

Using top-grain leather from South Korea, the company serves buyers mainly from Europe, especially Italy. The most popular colours are red, beige and blue. Buyers often customize leather bags by adding embellishments like beads.

For two-tone models, bigger sizes and round shapes are popular. All-leather remains popular for two-tone bags, but silk, fabric and nylon are on the rise. Nylon and leather combinations are cheaper than all-leather. An all-leather two-tone bag, like the model pictured, usually costs US$33.90 FOB Hong Kong.

Monthly production is 20,000-30,000 bags. Minimum order is 300 bags per style and 2,000 bags per shipment. Lead time is 45-60 days.

The Adson Group's 13,800-square-metre factory in Xinhui on the Chinese mainland employs about 800 workers. "We have reliable delivery, good services and a stable workforce," Cabanal says.


Contact Details

Adson Group Ltd
Workshops 701-2
APEC Plaza
49 Hoi Yuen Rd, Kwun Tong
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2343-2385
Fax: 852-2341-4255
E-mail: adson@adson.com

Andy Leatherwares Fty Ltd
Flat 7, 2/F, Blk B
Tonic Ind Centre
19 Lam Hing St
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2186-8211
Fax: 852-2186-8210
E-mail: richmate@netvigator.com

Artrich Int'l Ltd
10/F, Flat B3
Yip Fung Ind Bldg
28-36 Kwai Fung Crescent
New Territories, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2409-4220
Fax: 852-2409-0231
E-mail: ben@artrich-hk.com

Elegant Scene Leather Goods Ltd
Units 1007-1011
Tins Enterprises Centre
777 Lai Chi Kok Rd
Cheung Sha Wan
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2386-2659
Fax: 852-2725-5155
E-mail: elegant@gillian.com.hk

Ginbest Mfg Ltd
Units 2, 10-12, 13/F, Blk A
Ming Pao Ind Centre
18 Ka Yip St, Chai Wan
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2236-8671
Fax: 852-2558-0274
E-mail: victorpoon@china.com

Heiman Mfg Ltd
Flat G, 6/F, Winner Bldg
36 Man Yue St, Hung Hom
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2833-0101
Fax: 852-2765-8415
E-mail: heiman@heimanltd.com
Web: www.heimanltd.com

Leaders Of The Pack

Fashion Backpacks


Gigi Leather Goods Ltd's cowhide backpacks include a model under the FUO'CO brand name.
FASHION backpacks are in vogue, and Hong Kong suppliers cater to any need. They produce their own designs or meet the specifications of buyers. Hong Kong manufacturers can offer competitive prices because most produce on the Chinese mainland where costs are low.

The catalogue of Ng Fung Handbags Mfy Co Ltd features a square-shaped, PVC ladies' backpack (NF-1806). The double-strap bag features overstitching reminiscent of cowboy saddlebags and a floral motif. It sells for US$7 FOB Hong Kong.

"One customer asked for cowboy-style bags, so we came up with this design after watching some cowboy movies," says company spokesman Harrison Wong.

Another model in the line (NF-1809) is designed with students in mind, features a diagonal zip pocket and has double straps. It costs US$6.50 FOB Hong Kong.

Established in 1992, Ng Fung produces more than 60,000 ladies' bags per month, including 10,000-20,000 backpacks. The raw materials include PVC, PU and satin sourced mostly from South Korea, Japan, Taiwan and the Chinese mainland.

A minimum order is for 1,000 units of assorted items, and 200 units per style. Shipment is 45 days after order confirmation. The major markets are Europe, the US and Japan.

Ng Fung produces at a 3,500-square-metre factory staffed by 220 workers in Dongguan on the Chinese mainland.

Simple, clean designs come from manufacturer Gigi Leather Goods Ltd. Model A1141 uses naked leather imported from South Korea and costs US$22.70 FOB Hong Kong.

"There is a choice of colours - black, tan, deep brown or burgundy," says merchandiser May Lau.

Another model (A2874) features several front pockets and is made from vegetable leather sourced on the mainland. It costs US$24.80 FOB Hong Kong. "Customers can choose from black, deep brown, beige or red," Lau says.

Each month the company makes about 60,000 handbags, briefcases and backpacks, plus 60,000 smaller accessories like wallets.

"We use mainly cow leather," Lau says. Sources of raw materials include South Korea, Italy, South America, Pakistan and India.

For backpacks, the minimum order is 100 bags per style and colour, or 1,000 bags per shipment. "This is negotiable," Lau adds. Shipment is 45-50 days after order confirmation.

Founded in 1989, Gigi produces at a 5,000-square-metre factory with more than 800 workers in Zhongshan on the Chinese mainland. It sells to the US, Europe and Japan under the brand names Gigi and Fuo'co.

Yick F. Industrial Co Ltd has launched a distinctive, triangular-shaped backpack (model 99743) with a mono-strap.

"It is made of 300D polyester with PVC backing. This material is two-toned," says merchandiser Cora Liu. Materials come from Taiwan and Hong Kong.

Established in 1989, Yick F. Industrial makes 200,000-250,000 bags per month, including backpacks, gymsacks, travel bags and cosmetic bags, using nylon, polyester, PVC, PU and other materials from Hong Kong and Taiwan. Production is at a 50,000-square-foot, 400-worker factory in Shenzhen on the Chinese mainland.

Each backpack costs US$1.70-6.00 FOB Hong Kong. Minimum order is 1,000 bags per style, lead time is 35-55 days and the main market is Europe.

Yiu Sing Bags Industrial Co is launching a series of sporty, casual backpacks made using 300D PVC from Taiwan.

"These are the latest styles on the market. This series was designed only this year," says manager Kimmy Ho. Unit prices are HK$14-20 (US$1.79-2.56) FOB Hong Kong.

The 21-year-old company produces about 200,000 backpacks per month, along with 400,000 smaller bags. Materials include nylon, polyester and PU/PVC from Taiwan, South Korea and the Chinese mainland.

Minimum order is 1,200 pieces per model, with shipment (usually to Europe and Asia) after 45 days.

The manufacturer employs 350 workers at a 25,000-square-foot production facility in Shantou on the Chinese mainland.


Contact Details

Bronco Int'l Handbag Ltd
Flat 2, 12/F, Treasure Centre
42 Hung To Rd, Kwun Tong
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2343-6832
Fax: 852-2341-0298
E-mail: broncohb@netvigator.com

Gigi Leather Goods Ltd
Unit 505, Join-In Hang Sing Centre
71-75 Container Port Rd
Kwai Chung, New Territories
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2612-0008
Fax: 852-2612-0012
E-mail: zizi@netvigator.com

H.Y. Designs & Promotional Ltd
Units 7-10, 3/F, Sino Ind Plaza
9 Kai Cheung Rd, Kowloon Bay
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2811-1699
Fax: 852-2516-6245
E-mail: hydp@netvigator.com

Manifolds Industrial Co Ltd
Unit 807, 8/F, Grandcity Plaza
1 Sai Lau Kok Rd, Tsuen Wan
New Territories, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2414-7354
Fax: 852-2414-7359
E-mail: rambo.chau@manifolds.com.hk

Ng Fung Handbags Mfy Co Ltd
Unit P, 7/F, Int'l Ind Centre
2-8 Kwei Tei St, Fo Tan
New Territories, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2603-4044
Fax: 852-2608-0991
E-mail: sales@ngfung.com.hk

Yick F. Industrial Co Ltd
Flat A, 20/F, Kwai Bo Ind Bldg
40 Wong Chuk Hang Rd
Aberdeen, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2814-0413
Fax: 852-2873-1276
E-mail: yickftony@hutchcity.com

Yiu Sing Bags Industrial Co
Rm A2, 12/F
Cheung Fat Ind Bldg
7-9 Hill Rd, Shek Tong Tsui
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2547-5370
Fax: 852-2517-8017
E-mail: ysbags@netvigator.com

Business Essentials

Briefcases & Portfolios

Universal Enterprise (HK) Group Ltd makes these executive briefcases in black PU and PVC.

FOR Hong Kong manufacturers of portfolios and briefcases, the focus is on direct sourcing and fast delivery of these essential business items. An array of new models is emerging from their factories.

Direct sourcing is one of Kuang Ming Leather Goods Mfg (Holdings) Ltd's strong selling points, according to director Karson Lo. The 16-year-old company sources PVC and leather from South Korea, Taiwan, the Chinese mainland, Brazil, Italy and the US.

Model 102PF is a PVC travel attache case with two compartments and a removable pencil pocket. It is lined with polyester and has a push-button die-cast lock. It is priced at US$10 FOB Hong Kong.

Model 137PF is a polyester-lined PVC portfolio with compartments for a mobile phone, name cards and pens and featuring a die-cast key lock. It costs US$9 FOB Hong Kong.

"Our leather cases cost only a few percentage points more than our PVC models," says Lo. Monthly production stands at 60,000 pieces.

Kuang Ming will soon increase its output of leather models, having purchased a German-made cutting machine valued at US$38,710 for this purpose.

The company offers cases, portfolios, organisers, computer bags, wallets and CD cases. Its two factories on the Chinese mainland total 120,000 square feet and employ 700 workers. Minimum order is 500 items with shipment to main markets in Europe and the US after 45-60 days.

For Gadar Enterprises Ltd, the most important factors are delivery and workmanship. "Every maker will say his price is the cheapest. You cannot compete that way," says director Ken Fung.

Gadar's shipment time for minimum orders of 1,000-2,000 items is 30 days after order confirmation.

As for workmanship, Fung considers up-to-date machinery essential. This year 10 new sewing machines were installed at the company's 4,000-square-metre factory employing 350 workers in Shenzhen, on the Chinese mainland.

Among 200,000 items produced each month, up to 30% is from OEM designs. Model G24050 is a koskin portfolio with a metal lock. Buyers can opt for their logo on the lock or supply their own lock. It sells for US$3.55 FOB Hong Kong. Model G24100 (at US$6.77 FOB Hong Kong) is a PVC document case with a handle and shoulder strap.

Portfolios are Gadar's focus, accounting for 35% of production. Children's bags and luggage items for the gifts and premiums market are becoming a sideline. Main markets for this ISO 9002-certified company are in Europe and the US. Its major sources of materials are Taiwan and the Chinese mainland.

Most Hong Kong manufacturers have factories on the southern Chinese mainland, but Ocean Fortune Enterprises Co produces in Shanghai. Until recently renting a site, Ocean Fortune now has its own 6,000-square-metre factory with 300 workers.

This maker of briefcases, luggage items, Bible holders, portfolios, attach cases, pilot and laptop cases sources leather through suppliers from South Korea and Taiwan. For accessories, it buys direct in the Shanghai area.

"If we buy elsewhere, we must take a minimum quantity. By sourcing direct locally, we can order only a little more than what we need," says partner Eugen Wu.

Monthly production is 20,000 items, all meeting AQL and China Export Inspection standards. About 100 new designs emerge annually. Model 9103, a briefcase with a die-cast lock at US$16.60 FOB Shanghai, is made of cowsplit leather and trimmed with PVC. The 210D-lined interior holds a laptop and three small folders. A mobile-phone pocket adorns the side. Minimum orders to main markets like Europe and the US are to the value of US$5,000 with shipment after 50 days.

By turning materials sourcing into a team effort, Universal Enterprise (HK) Group Ltd manages to buy directly from the Chinese mainland. The company has three production lines - two for handbags or cases and one for travel bags - with monthly production of 240,000 items. Its research and development department is in a two-storey factory employing 300 workers in Dongguan on the Chinese mainland.

Model MEGL0041 (at US$13.50 FOB Hong Kong) is a leather executive briefcase with a three-digit pin lock, front-document section, accessory flip and PDA pocket. Model THGL0006 (at US$16 FOB Hong Kong) is a leather travel purse with three compartments for accessories, documents and clothing.

"Our prices have dropped dramatically during the past few years," says marketing manager Joseph Cheung. "Prices for ostrich leather are still strong, but not those for nylon."

A low minimum order of 300 items to main markets like Europe and the US is another advantage. Shipment is after 30-40 days.


Contact Details

Gadar Enterprises Ltd
Rm 401, Wah Yuen Bldg
145-149 Queen's Rd Central
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2541-4112
Fax: 852-2542-2592
E-mail: gadar@netvigator.com

Good Decision Ltd
Flat C, 11/F
Sunview Ind Bldg
3 On Yip St, Chai Wan
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2889-1139
Fax: 852-2889-1408
E-mail: patrick@gooddecision.com.hk

Granda Industries Ltd
Unit 606, Tower 2
Harbour Centre
8 Hok Cheung St, Hung Hom
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2688-2060
Fax: 852-2687-3499
E-mail: sales@granda.com.hk

Kuang Ming Leather Goods Mfg (Holdings) Ltd
Rm 12, 8/F, Blk A
Veristrong Ind Centre
34-36 Au Pui Wan St
Fo Tan, New Territories
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2602-0080
Fax: 852-2605-2239
E-mail: karson@asiaonline.net

Ocean Fortune Enterprises Co
Unit 2103, Tsun Yip Centre
41 Tsun Yip St, Kwun Tong
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2866-9512
Fax: 852-2527-5935
E-mail: cavalo@netvigator.com

Universal Enterprise (HK) Group Ltd
Units 1701-1702, Technology Park
18 On Lai St, Sha Tin
New Territories, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2648-8067
Fax: 852-2637-4494
E-mail: joseph@bagonly.com

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