4 Aug 2005
Slippers & Sandals(HKTDC Fashion - Footwear, Vol 02,2005)
Vol 2, 2005
The Comfort Zone
|This colourful range of PVC "jelly" ladies' sandals with a strong summer feel comes from Champion Wealth Industrial (HK) Ltd|
For instance, Tin Shun Hong Footwear Ltd makes a great variety of ladies' sandals and slippers, including a floral-themed line featuring flip-flops with fancy straps sporting floral designs and even some that feature flower fabric insoles.
"These models are stylish and light," director Kenneth Tse maintains. "We come up with about 200-300 new styles of sandals and slippers every month."
The 30-year-old company sources PU, PVC and EVA from Korea, Taiwan and the Chinese mainland for processing in a 20,000-square-metre, 1,000-worker factory in Guangdong Province on the southern mainland.
A minimum order is 4,800 pairs per style delivered 35-45 days after order confirmation to markets worldwide. "We sell a little bit more to South America than our other markets," Tse reveals.
Peninsula Shoes Co also serves the ladies' sandal market with a variety of products that includes slip-ons with leather thongs in red, black or other colours. "Comfort is the focus of the design of all our sandals," director Tommy Fong claims. "They are also fashionable and include sporty models."
The 22-year-old company uses PU from the mainland and leather and synthetic leather from Italy, South America, India, Spain and the mainland in its products, which bear the Sabatina and Belli brand names.
These are manufactured at factories in Dongguan and Zhongshan on the mainland that produce 120,000-150,000 pairs of sandals and other shoes a month for markets in Asia and Europe. FOB Hong Kong prices range from just over US$3-12 per pair for minimum orders of one TEU delivered 45-60 days after order confirmation.
Adopting a more comprehensive strategy, Big John Footwear Ltd also supplies men's sandals and slippers that include flip-flops in darker tones such as blue, grey and black. "Some insoles are decorated with Japanese characters," general manager Vincent Lam adds.
The 17-year-old firm utilises PVC, PU nubuck and leather from Taiwan and the mainland to make the footwear at its 30,000-square-metre factory in Dongguan that employs more than 3,000 workers.
They produce 300,000-500,000 pairs of sandals and slippers per month, which are available at FOB Hong Kong prices of US$2-7 per pair for sandals and US$1.50-5.00 per pair for slippers.
Big John requires minimum orders of at least 2,000 pairs per item per colour, which can be delivered 45-60 days after order confirmation. "Our main markets are the US, Europe, Southeast Asia and Africa," Lam adds.
Like Big John, China Island Enterprises Ltd produces a great array of sandals and slippers, including a pair of flip-flops with webbing straps and soft EVA insoles. "They're comfortable and designed for beach use," marketing manager Vicky Wong explains.
Other China Island fashion lines include sandals with uppers decked with beads and sequins, a colourful panoply of fluffy slippers featuring cute designs such as teddy bears and smiling faces and other models that have PVC uppers and moulded EVA insoles. "The insoles can be moulded to show company logos," Wong adds.
The 13-year-old firm processes EVA, PU and webbing, sourced mainly from the mainland, at its ISO 9001-certified factory in Fujian Province on the mainland.
The 22,800-square-metre, 570-worker factory produces about eight million pairs of sandals and slippers a year for export to the US, Spain, Canada and Chile.
China Island's sandals and slippers are priced at US$0.70-2.00 a pair FOB Xiamen for minimum orders of 3,000 pairs delivered 35-40 days after order confirmation.
Qualfoot Co Ltd also uses sequins and beads in its sandals, which include models with embroidered insoles and some with bands adorned with gemstones.
Qualfoot uses leather, PU, and PVC from Taiwan, Hong Kong and the mainland to produce about 2,000-3,000 pairs of sandals and 3,000-4,000 pairs of slippers a day at its 10,000-square-foot, 500-600-worker factory in Dongguan.
FOB Hong Kong prices per pair range from US$3-5 for sandals, and US$2-4 for slippers for minimum orders of 2,000 pairs per item delivered 60-75 days after order confirmation. "Our biggest market is the US, accounting for about 40-50% of our exports," says managing director Ammon Luk, "though we also export to Australia and Europe."
Given the rich diversity available, there's little doubt that consumers in markets worldwide will continue to demand the high quality slippers and sandals manufactured in Hong Kong.
WRITTEN BY LIZA LEE
Industrial (HK) Ltd
Unit P, 6/F, Yue Cheung Centre
1-3 Wong Chuk Yeung St
Sha Tin, New Territories
China Island Enterprises
Rm 704, Wing Fat Ind Bldg
12 Wang Tai Rd
Kowloon Bay, Kowloon
Wing Yiu Industries
Development Co Ltd
Rm 910, Blk A, Regent Centre
63 Wo Yi Hop Rd
Kwai Chung, New Territories