Importing Shoes and Footwear From China: A Complete Guide

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Planning to import shoes and footwear from China? In this guide, we explain what every importer must know about sourcing the right manufacturer, design and material options, testing and materials and much more.

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  • Footwear Manufacturers in China
  • Footwear Manufacturers in China
  • Product Specifications
  • Packaging Options
  • Design Customization
  • MOQ Requirements
  • EU Footwear Regulations
  • US Footwear Regulations
  • Trade Shows

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List of Jewelry Manufacturers in Thailand: An Overview

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Thailand is home to jewelry manufacturers and wholesalers, offering everything from 925 stainless steel jewelry to bamboo accessories. In this article, we list some of Thailand’s leading jewelry suppliers.

Listed Manufacturers

  • Choon Jewelry Company Limited
  • Intercontinental Jewellery
  • Thai Jewelry Manufacturer Co., Ltd
  • Spokes Jewelry Services Limited
  • Atelier Quadrature
  • Lydesign Co., Ltd
  • Orogems Manufacturing Ltd
  • Lofty Bamboo
  • Royal Sal
  • Prouwi
  • Orio Jewelry Wholesale Thailand
  • Shiro Limited

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List of Stainless Steel Jewelry Manufacturers in China – Our 6 Top Picks

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Looking for Stainless Steel Jewelry manufacturers located in China? In this article, we list some of the country’s leading jewelry suppliers, covering various types of stainless steel jewelry, located in Guangdong province and Zhejiang province.

Stainless Steel Jewelry Buyer’s Guide

Before you contact any of the suppliers listed in this article, you need to form a basic understanding of the product and order terms.

1. Material Specifications

Most suppliers make two grades of stainless steel jewelry:

  • 304 Stainless Steel
  • 316L Stainless Steel

316L stainless steel is slightly more expensive, and of higher quality, than 304 stainless steel.

Molds are normally made for a certain type of material, and you’ll need to select the type of stainless steel depending on the types of molds they can offer – unless you opt for purchasing your own mold.

If you want your steel jewelry plated, you must also provide relevant plating specifications:

  • Color (e.g. Rose Gold)
  • Material (e.g. copper and gold)
  • Plating type (e.g. PVD)
  • Plating thickness (e.g. 0.8 μm)

2. Design Customization

You can either select ODM components, based on their existing molds, or order custom designed jewelry parts. If you opt for the latter, you’ll need to pay for new molds, which can range between $100 to $500 depending on the complexity of the mold.

As such, there are two ways to design your own stainless steel jewelry:

Option A: Select ODM components from the supplier’s website or catalog

Option B: Send design drawings or CAD files to create a new mold

Most of our customers go with Option A, as you can still combine all existing ODM parts to create new and unique jewelry designs.

3. Stainless Steel Jewelry Regulations

While there are few, if any, regulations applicable specifically to stainless steel jewelry – there are regulations in place that cover chemicals and heavy metals.

For example, REACH in the EU and CA Prop 65 in California, USA, regulate both heavy metals and chemicals that can be found in stainless steel jewelry. The only way to find out if your product is compliant is by sending a product sample for lab testing.

4. MOQ Requirements

Most stainless steel jewelry suppliers set the minimum order quantity (MOQ) at around 500 pcs per order. That said, most suppliers are flexible when it comes to the MOQ per product – some offering MOQs as low as 50 pcs per design.

Marlary Jewelry Co. Ltd

People are opting for stainless steel jewelry instead of gold or silver jewelry due to the advantages such as durability and price matter. Mr.Leif Lee, the founder of Marlary Jewelry, has been engaged in the fashion jewelry industry for more than 20 years and decided to start Marlary in 2012.

Unlike traditional jewelry manufacturer, Marlary has been putting efforts on unique product design such as Diffuser Jewelry – add your favorite essential oil scent on your jewelry, and Fitness Inspirational Jewelry – dumbbell bead bracelets and weight plate necklace. Finally, they provide custom made products based on inquiries.

For Cremation Jewelry, Marlary has a wide range of products for memorial sake. With at least 50 new designs launched each month, customers can always check out their latest designs on their website.

Product List

  • Stainless Steel Bracelet
  • Cremation Jewelry
  • Diffuser Jewelry
  • Fitness Inspirational Jewelry

Address: Chang’An Jin Xia He Dong 2 Lu, 23 Hao, FL3 Dongguan City, Guangdong Province, 523850

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List of Caps and Hats Manufacturers in China

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Planning to import caps or other headwear from factories in China? In this article, we list cap and hat suppliers in Guangdong, Jiangsu, and other provinces.

In addition, we also answer key questions about what to include in your techpack, common quality issues and minimum order quantities.

Where are most Cap factories located in China?

Most export-oriented cap and headwear suppliers are located in Fujian, Zhejiang, Jiangsu, and Guangdong. If you’re planning to visit suppliers in this industry you’re quite likely to find yourself in at least one of the following cities:

  • Guangzhou, Guangdong
  • Dongguan, Guangdong
  • Xiamen, Fujian
  • Quanzhou, Fujian
  • Zhenjiang, Jiangsu

What should I include in my techpack?

While most factories can present showrooms full of demo products they’ve made for other customers, they still expect you to provide a complete techpack. These files must be included:

  • Design drawing
  • Sewing pattern
  • Bill of materials (fabric, color codes, velcro, and other parts)
  • Care label
  • Logo / Embroidery files
  • Size chart

While it may seem like a shortcut to send over a reference sample to the factory, that’s rarely the case. We’ve dealt with many cases involving buyer’s that fail to provide clear product information to their factories – something that often results in severe quality issues. Continue reading List of Caps and Hats Manufacturers in China

Phone Case Manufacturers in China: Top 9 Suppliers

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About to import phone cases for iPhones, Samsung, Motorola or other brands? In this article, we list some of China’s leading phone case manufacturers – divided into three categories:

  • Plastic & Silicone Phone Case Suppliers
  • PU & Leather Phone Case Suppliers
  • Aluminum Phone Case Suppliers

Notice that we are not affiliated with, or endorse, any of the factories listed in this article. All information provided are based on statements made by each respective supplier.

Plastic & Silicone Phone Case Suppliers

Spec-Tech (Xiamen) Co. Ltd

Founded in 2009, Spec-Tech (Xiamen) Co. Ltd is a manufacturer and exporter of silicone products that also include silicone phone cases. In addition, the company also manufactures baking molds, wristbands, water bottles, cosmetics products, and bracelets.

Spec-Tech offers OEM and ODM services to their buyers, with some of the major international brands as their clients that include Nestle, Walt Disney, Walmart, Nivea, and Fiat.

In total, Spec-Tech manufactures more than 1000 different items. They also offer 2D and 3D drawings along with 3D mockup samples to clients based on the buyer’s specifications.

You can also choose from wide range of silicone cases, available for iPhone and other Android phones. Some popular options include:

  • Silicone cases for iPhone 8 and iPhone X
  • Liquid silicone cases
  • Custom silicone cases for iPhone 7
  • 3D cute animal design silicone cases with an option for buyers to choose their own design
  • Silicone rubber cases
  • Cartoon silicone phone cases

In total, there are 21 options to choose from for silicone cases.

The company employs more than 50 people and manufactures more than 450,000 products a month.

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Importing Sunglasses & Eyewear from China: A Complete Guide

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About to import Sunglasses from China? In this guide, you’ll learn what you must know before getting started, including:

– How to select the right Eyewear manufacturer

– Frame Materials, Lens Specifications and general design customization options

– An introduction to Product Safety Standards and Labeling Requirements for Sunglasses in the EU and USA

Finding the right Sunglasses Manufacturer in China

Most major sunglasses manufacturers in China are based in Zhejiang province, south of Shanghai – and the cities of Wenzhou and Linhai in particular.

Wenzhou is the world’s largest manufacturing cluster for Sunglasses. There are hundreds of manufacturers, trading companies and component suppliers in the city.

However, with so many manufacturers to choose from, how can you identify those that are qualified?

When sourcing Sunglasses, this is what you should take a look at:

1. Product Compliance

Is the supplier experienced in manufacturing products according to applicable regulations in your home market?

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How to Launch a Premium Leather Accessories Brand: By Helen Berg

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In manufacturing, you ‘get what you specify’. Even though ‘Made in China’ is generally not synonymous with the same quality as ‘Made in Italy’ or ‘Made in Japan, the country has an exceptional manufacturing base that, when utilized in the right way, can deliver consistently high quality products.

Helen Berg,  the founder Charleston Belt, explains how they manage everything from finding the right manufacturer – to getting the product specifications right.

In addition, Helen explains how they leverage multiple sales channels, including Amazon, Google Shopping and B2B sales, to get their product on the market.

Helen, please tell us a bit about yourself and what you did before starting your current business

Before starting Charleston Belt I was an executive in a company that provided data analytics services for healthcare claims. Over my career in “Corporate America” the majority of my former employers were large, multi-national corporations where I did extensive international travel and managed employees and contractors across Europe and Asia.

These experiences gave me exposure to global commerce, and the impact that the Internet-fueled digital transformation has had on global commerce. Some of the biggest impacts that I experienced were opportunities for small, entrepreneurial firms to participate in global commerce and the emergence of “micro-multinational” companies.

What made you choose importing leather accessories?

First, a bit about our product – our mission is to design and produce high quality accessories that capture the essence of outdoor living and the richness of our diverse cultural heritage. We are relentless in ensuring we produce quality, timeless styles that coordinate well with casual and dress fashions for men of all ages.

In addition to our own unique designs, we also produce custom products for specialty shops, country clubs, boating clubs etc.

We use a contract-manufacturing model for our product. Our design team does the creation internally, then we outsource the production.

We are based in the U.S., and actually looked extensively at U.S.-based firms in addition to companies outside the U.S. before making the decision to contract the majority of the work outside the U.S. The primary reasons were their ability to handle the entire process and the production cost.

To explain further, many of our products are hand-made. In particular, our needlepoint belts fall into this category. The firms we work with have hundreds of artisans and can produce the quantities we need in a relatively short time frame.

But a bigger advantage to us is their ability to vertically integrate the process, by doing all of the leather work as well.

The firms we evaluated in the U.S. could each do part of the process, but then we would need to ship the goods between the firms to complete the process. That would have extended the production time and the cost by a large margin.

So we developed a rigid supplier qualification process to find firms outside the U.S. that could perform the work to our high quality standards and also at a time frame and cost that met our needs. Continue reading How to Launch a Premium Leather Accessories Brand: By Helen Berg

How I Started a Wallet Brand: An Interview with the Founder of Axess Wallets

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Finding the right product and then having it manufactured in Asia, is what we are all about. While we tend to share stories from an insiders perspective, we thought it was about time to let you see things from the eyes of a successful Entrepreneur, selling products made in Asia.

The person in question is Tomas Ericsson, found of Axess, a fashion end wallet brand. In this article, he explains why he picked wallets as his product, the challenges of finding the right manufacturer – and how everything took off after a successful Kickstarter campaign.

Tomas, please tell us a bit about yourself and what you did before you started Axess Walletstomas ericsson

Before starting my e-commerce business I was working as a marketing mana
ger for a Swedish sourcing consultancy firm in Shanghai, helping companies find and vet suppliers in China.

I came to China in 2012 when I was finished with my university studies, and it has been a lot of fun to live and work in Shanghai.

You have lived in China for many years, and worked with product sourcing. How did that help you to start your business?

Shanghai is a very entrepreneurial environment, at least among the expats living here.

Everyone has some kind of business idea, it seems, and in general, people who come here seem to have a more can-do attitude than what is usually encountered back home in Sweden, so that creates a feeling of possibility.

That helped motivate me to go through the steps to build a business. Anything is possible in Shanghai, it seems. Once one has taken the rather big step to actually move here, anything following that doesn’t seem so difficult to imagine or follow through with.

I know Sweden has a big startup-scene and such entrepreneurial spirit exists there as well to some extent, but speaking from a personal experience I did not encounter such an atmosphere where I lived back in Sweden. Continue reading How I Started a Wallet Brand: An Interview with the Founder of Axess Wallets

Bags and Luggage Manufacturers in China: A Complete Guide

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Looking for bag and luggage factories in China? Look no further.

In this guide, we explain everything you need to know about finding the right manufacturer, ensuring product compliance, drafting product specification sheets and much more – when importing all sorts of bags.

How to select the right bags and luggage factory

Many established bag and luggage manufacturers are based in China’s southern Fujian province. However, there are far more important factors to consider, when selecting the right manufacturer.

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Jewelry & Accessories Manufacturers in China: A Complete Guide

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About to import Jewelry & Accessories from suppliers in China? Keep reading, and learn more about how the industry works – and what really matters when selecting a Jewelry manufacturer.

In this article, we explain what you must know about heavy metals regulations, design customization, molds and product packaging. We also give you insights into quality management, and the different categories of Jewelry suppliers.

Manufacturers, Trading Companies and Wholesalers in the Jewelry Industry

There are three main categories of suppliers in the Jewelry and Accessories industry:

1. Manufacturers

2. Trading Companies

3. Wholesalers

The general wisdom is to only work with the first category. In many cases, that makes a lot of sense. By working directly with a manufacturer, you will have more control over the design process – and have better insights into their ability to ensure compliance with relevant standards. Continue reading Jewelry & Accessories Manufacturers in China: A Complete Guide