How to Start a Handbag Business

Are you into fashion designing and would like to break into the industry with a handbag business? You can come up with a line of designs that you can have made and distributed wholesale. Or, you can find a manufacturer that sells wholesale and carry its line of products in your boutique.

If you are looking for ideas to start a handbag business, you can go into manufacturing, or retailing.

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But before you get carried away by the excitement of the prospect of owning a business in line with fashion and designing, slow down and think like a businessman rather than an artist. Ask yourself this question: is there a demand for the product you will sell?

Demand is important for the success of any business. You might be heading into a market that is oversaturated with handbag manufacturers and retailers. So before investing time and money into designing, getting samples made, as yourself whether there is a general demand for your product or whether there is a particular niche you can serve. Ask yourself what novel idea you can introduce into the industry. Is there a specific product you can sell, perhaps handmade items.

Starting a Handbag Manufacturing Business

To manufacture handbags you’d need to come up with designs of the articles you want to make and have them made. If you have knowledge about fashion designing either by taking a short course or a college degree or by working in a fashion house, you can make the design yourself. If not, you can hire someone with such knowledge. After you have the design, you can sew an actual product yourself (perhaps if you intend to produce handmade ones), have an entire manufacturing staff do it (mass manufacturing), or you can outsource the work to a bag manufacturer. Afterwards, you will face the task of marketing and distributing your line of products to stores and boutiques.

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Starting a Handbag Retailing Business

If you simply want to put up a store selling handbags, your most major task is finding a wholesaler from which you can get supplies at prices you can sell for profit. Then you have to think about how to set up your shop. That depends on what kind of business you want to run. You’d need to fit your store to the kind of clientele you want to serve. If you will be selling high-end items, then you will set up a boutique-style shop in a posh area.

Handbag Business Online

Either way, consider the idea of getting an online presence. Ask a web developer to do the task for you. If aside from being a fashion designer, you are also a photographer, you can take pictures of the handbags, label them and post them on your site. Otherwise, ask or hire someone. Getting word about your business through the Internet is the best way to reach a wider market locally and abroad.
 

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527 Comments

  • V said on May 31, 2009
    hi thank you for the above advice. I am interested to have a business in manufacturing laptop bags. But I don't know how I can text the demand for my idea of a laptop bag. Any idea how I can best do it? Should I get it manufactured first?? TY.
  • Tracy said on June 18, 2009
    Hi, i have designed a bag, which i want some one to make for me but have no idea where to start, i would like a sample made, then of course if i like how it turns out i will want to order more to sell in my partners shoe and handbag shop, have you got any ideas on how to find some one. many thanks tracy
  • Tytus said on September 13, 2009
    dear Tracey, I can produce your designed bag for you, either leather or PVC. please do drop me an email at tytusiskhandar@gmail.com. Regards, Tytus
  • Laticia said on October 22, 2009
    Hey Tytus! where are you based? do you by any chance produce for people in South Africa.
  • Pamela said on November 3, 2009
    Hello Tytus, I too have a line of bags that I would like to have produced. How can I get more information about what you do?
  • toni anders said on January 14, 2010
    I am a small startup handbag company, and I need someone to make some patterns ans samples for some new ideas I have..Thanks, Toni
  • Ana said on January 17, 2010
    Hello Toni, I have experience designing and constructing handbags. I can certainly help you with your samples and patterns. Here is my e-mail address anayni@gmail.com. Thanks, Ana
  • o.p said on January 21, 2010
    hi, im really interested in starting a purse and handbag design business, i have got ideas in my head but i'm not very good in drawing. How do i get these ideas on paper? Thanks O.p, Lagos, Nigeria
  • Ade Omoloja said on February 10, 2010
    Hi Ana, Are you based in the UK? Thanks, Ade
  • asit kumar raha said on March 2, 2010
    Hi! I am planning to start a small hand bag business. I have acquired a knowledge of making products with every kind designing work but still studying the market. actually i want to cater local market first. so just suggest me if possible. kolkata, West Bengal,India
  • HERB said on March 10, 2010
    I manufacture the best in handmade glove leather Italian feel pure luxurious leather handbags designer inspired and can make your bag any design you want. guaranteed quality. Can help you with marketing as well is needed. Minimum order please after we discuss potential, HEC, hecmd1@comcast.net, 505 459-1641
  • Ginny Rimay said on March 26, 2010
    I have a design for a fabric handbag that I have made at home. I am looking for a company to buy my idea. Is there any such thing? I don't want to do the marketing after they are mad. Any info that you can give me would be appreciated.
  • SHAKILA BROOKS said on March 28, 2010
    hello i have a workroom and would love to help anyone out who is need of samples and other help. i can also produce the product for you in production. from united states, monroe. georgia
  • jag beginner adviser said on April 8, 2010
    i'm launching a handbag label this month. and i have to say, it's been overwhelming. I have a degree in design and I figured I know the ends and outs of design....this should be right up my alley.

    Not at all. First I want to say, do your homework if you plan on having the bags manufactured overseas. Be prepare to get involved in the business end of things. Once I finished the designs, I had them manufactured in china. Thinking this would be a piece cake. Not at all.

    This is where it all begins. You have to be on top of things. You may have to send the samples back at least 3 to 4 times. This means shipping cost. After you get your samples ready for mass production. You need to finalized on other things like, hangtags, zipperpulls, inside interior lining, moles for your logo, charms and zipper pull. Countless hours online speaking with project managers who oversee the project at all hours of the night.

    Then you have to organized the photoshoot to have your backs shot. If you want a model, you have to look for one. Pick out a photographer, pick out a make up artist and style the entire shoot for your vision. Don't forget you need backing to do all of this.

    Once the shoot is done. You will need a web designer to prepare your website. Do your own line sheets, look books and ordering forms to show to potential buyers. I also started a spreadsheet with editors, buyers, industry contact information to send out press kit to. Email as much people as possible to get the word out. I'm definitely no expert, but being in this new phase of my life...i think it's only human to pass it along to someone who plans on pursuing this. I just wished I had someone who could have told me what to look forward to.

    I started my project last may and were launching next month. And I have to say, be prepared to have lots of mood swings. But remembered to see the big picture. It's exciting!

    Handbag Business Owner

  • Cindy said on April 29, 2010
    I would like to get in touch with Shakila Brooks. I am also in Georgia and would like to have handbag samples made. thanks.
  • Phoebe Mok said on May 8, 2010
    Hello everyone! I'm looking for someone who can do small quantities in leather and PVC handbags. I'm located in Sydney but happy to deal with people in Bali, HK or China. Please email me if you can recommend or know anyone who has experience with a factory/manufacturer who does beautiful things. Much appreciated! email address: porcupine_designs@yahoo.com.au
  • Collette said on May 18, 2010
    Hello Everyone, I have a great idea to design laptop bags. I'm very creative but I'm not a good drawer. I really need help getting my idea onto paper. If anyone knows of a designer or if you are one yourself I would love to speak to you. My email address is englishqueen12@yahoo.com. And I'm located in Florida, USA! I look forward to hearing from you.
  • Mariela said on May 18, 2010
    Hi I am from Champaign Illinois, I am trying to sell my handbags made by hand they have unique style, they are beautiful I have a store online but I want someone buy all them . Do you have any idea how can a do it? Please help this is my work I want to be successful. Thanks
  • Ann said on May 18, 2010
    Hello, I am trying to start my handbag business. These bags are made by me, what suggested percentage markup should i place onto my bags. I look forward to hearing from you soon
  • Toya said on May 19, 2010
    Hello, I have a vintage clothing boutique in Pentagon Row call The Closet which is in Arlington, VA and I am thinking of branching into one of a kind vintage handbag remakes "so to speak". I'm a bit nervous because, just because they like my remixed vintage clothes doesn't mean they will like my handbags. Not to mention is there a demand for vintage handbags...this I dont know. www.thecelebrecollection.com
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  • SHAKILA BROOKS said on May 25, 2010
    Hello I'm trying to get in touch with Cindy. I would love to take a look at your handbag and get samples produced for you. You can contact me via email at shakilabrooksmodel@yahoo.com. Hope to hear from you soon.
  • SHAKILA BROOKS said on May 25, 2010
    Hello all I'm in Georgia and still are looking to do samples and production for anyone if you are need of this service please don't hesitate to email me at shakilabrooksmodel@yahoo.com Thank you
  • Genene Jones said on May 27, 2010
    Hello: I'm interested in having signature bag's made from my logo. I have the idea but I need help with the drawing, fabric, pattern and making of the bag. If someone could assist me It would be greatly appreciated Thanks! innovationsbygbj@hotmail.com
  • sofey said on May 29, 2010
    Hi am sofey from Dubai, UAE. I'm interested in handbags designing and really want to start this business, I have lots of designs but need stuff to achieve this project to have big famous company.. Can any body help me sewing stuff. sa_200410544@hotmail.com
  • SHAKILA BROOKS said on June 11, 2010
    Hello everyone I'm still open for anyone needing samples made and also mass production of your product. I make totebags, little girls dresses, custom draperies, shower curtains, pillows, etc. Don't hesitate to contact me for more information. shakilabrooksmodel@yahoo.com
  • Suji said on June 18, 2010
    I am looking shop to sell my handmade bags. I can produce 20-50 bags in week. In addition to that I can make bags according to someone needs. I will appreciate you emails at dangolsujata@hotmail.com.
  • Kerrie said on June 22, 2010
    Hi. I'm Kerrie from Canberra, Australia. I have several designs for bags and am keen to have some samples made. I'm interested in PVC and/or leather material. If anyone can help me find a manufacturer in Australia or China or Indonesia, I'd greatly appreciate contact details and reference information.
  • Lanka said on July 2, 2010
    Hello everyone, This is lanka writing from Dongtian Bags Manufactory. we have near 20 years experiences on handbags, shopping bags and pp bags. we can provide all kinds of handbags with high quality and good price. welcome to visit our website: www.fashionbags86.com
  • SHAKILA BROOKS said on July 6, 2010
    Hello all! I'm still open to make samples and production work. I produce little girl dresses handbags, totebags, laptop bags, makeup-bags, draperies, shower curtains, pillows, aprons, and anything else you need done. I offer unique designs at a high quality and good price. Don't hesitate to shoot me a e-mail. shakilabrooksmodel@yahoo.com
  • Kris said on July 9, 2010
    Hello. Woman's wear designer, pattern and sample maker with over 20 years of experience. I'm just starting a new handbag line "Isabella Gratzi". I am interested in teaming up with someone that would like to see their designs brought to life. Maybe you love to design but don't make patterns or sew. Looking for something with an Italian flare. I'm in NY but you can be from anywhere (thanks to the internet!) You can email me at isabellagratzi@yahoo.com Thanks!
  • Lowanda said on July 21, 2010
    Hi, I love fashion and would like to start a line. Have some design ideas but need pattern/ samples made. I'm in Connecticut and can be reached at married2style@gmail.com if you'd like to team up.
  • pamela lin said on July 22, 2010
    I am a leather handbags and belts designer in Los Angeles. I am looking for local manufactures to produce small quantity products. Anyone has suggestions?
  • SHAKILA BROOKS said on July 22, 2010
    HELLO PAMELA LIN I'M LOCATED IN GEORGIA. I DON'T KNOW IF THAT'S TOO FAR FOR YOU BUT I'M AVAILABLE TO HELP YOU IN ANY WAY THAT I CAN. YOU CAN EMAIL ME AT shakilabrooksmodel@yahoo.com AND WE CAN LATER PHONE TALK ABOUT WHAT YOU WANT.
  • Tumi said on July 26, 2010
    Could anyone give me advice of how I can get wholesale prices for brands such as Fiorelli, Charlotte Reid and Modalu. I want to set up a handbag store in South Africa. Thanks!
  • Mubarak said on July 30, 2010
    Hello, I am in Dubai and looking to set up a small paper bag production unit here. I would like to have the paper imported and ideas from your experience as I am very new and zero knowledge in this business, Please drop me email to mubaraktp@gmail.com
  • Fernando Faria said on August 3, 2010
    Hello, I am a manufacturer of high quality handbags and customize ones with specification of our costumers. I am looking new costumers to work with me I have my own collection too.
  • SHAKILA BROOKS said on August 4, 2010
    HEY FERNANDO I'M HERE IN GEORGIA AND WOULD LIKE TO TALK WITH YOU ABOUT A HANDBAG LINE FOR MYSELF. I PRODUCE HANDBAGS AND OTHER PRODUCTS FOR DESIGNERS BUT WANT MY OWN HANDBAG LINE. CAN YOU HELP ME WITH THAT. PLEASE EMAIL ME IF INTERESTED.
  • Mandy Ho said on August 12, 2010
    Hi, i have my own small workshop(bag & shoe)in china, & have trading office in hong kong, i would like to serve someone can reach my minimum order quantity for 30 pieces per style(bag),60 pieces per size per style(Shoes), either PVC/Pu or sheep skin/cow leather. pls feel free to contact at hungkee_87@hotmail.com
  • Ndidi said on August 15, 2010
    California, USA. Hello, i am in need of a handbag manufacturer to help me start my line of womens cloth handbags. Please email me if you can help. I have the design and concept already in mind but i need someone to help me put it all together. i am looking to start asap so please email me back if you can help. thanks endyspieces@gmail
  • Christine Syquia said on August 21, 2010
    Hi~I have experience owning an accessory business and running 4 separate handbag lines as well as jewelry and shoes. I am now teaching an online course to help emerging designers.
  • Frenchie said on August 22, 2010
    @ Christine Syquia, i want to start my own handbag line and i need help getting started. Where do i go online for your course.
  • Mandy Ho said on August 24, 2010
    Hi everybody, I'm Mandy Ho. As my hotmail was hacked by someone, can not be used for time being. Would you please use hungkee87@hotmail.com to contact again.
  • Christine Syquia said on August 26, 2010
    Hi Frenchie-You can email me directly at accessorybusiness101@gmail.com website
  • SHAKILA BROOKS said on August 30, 2010
    I'M STILL OPEN FOR DESIGNERS LOOKING TO HAVE THEIR HANDBAG/TOTEBAG/CLUTCHES ETC. MADE AND ALSO MASS PRODUCTION FOR THE MARKET. I'M LOCATED IN GEROGIA. shakilabrooksmodel@yahoo.com www.kreativetouchinc.com THANK YOU
  • Nora Price said on September 6, 2010
    Hi, I am located in Akron, Ohio. I have an idea for a handbag, but I cannot draw. I know what it looks like in my head, but, I need to get it on paper and I need samples. I also need to get it manufactured. If you can help me, please e-mail me at nkprice@att.net Thank You.
  • Anna said on September 6, 2010
    Our company is a professional manufacturer and reliable wholesale supplier from China for the hottest fashion designer inspired handbags and purses. We have our design team. If someone need our help to design handbags or purses, pls feel free to contact at anna@everfashion.net.Thank you.
  • Kai said on September 18, 2010
    I am looking to start a handbag line. I have designs in my head but I dont know how to get them down on paper. I'm looking for an experienced designer who can help make my ideas visible. I am located in Detroit, MI. Thanks
  • Nicole said on September 19, 2010
    Hi! i have sketches and drawings of the purses that i would like to have made...I want them to be durable, reliable, luxurious handbags. Please email me if anyone has information on manufacturers or the next step that i need to take. THank you! **Nicole Nuwyork911@Yahoo.com
  • SHAKILA BROOKS said on September 20, 2010
    HELLO I CAN BE REACHED AT shakilabrooksmodel@yahoo.com IF ANYONE IS INTERESTED IN HAVING SAMPLE HANDBAGS/TOTEBAGS MADE AND ALSO MASS PRODUCTION.
  • Courtney said on September 27, 2010
    @jag - I would like to get in touch with jag who posted a comment on launching their handbag line. courts_stevenson@hotmail.com I am very interested to see how you made your journey happen. i too, am in the process of opening my line of handbags up, have had a few glitches with manufacturers, and would appreciate some feedback as to where to look next. Any information on manufacturers would be much appreciated. Thanks.
  • suab said on September 29, 2010
    Jacksonville florida, Hi there, I am looking for sample and pattern maker in the US as well as small production manufacturers for my high end line of fabric and leather handbags.
  • SHAKILA BROOKS said on October 11, 2010
    Sample maker and also small mass production workroom located in Georgia (United States). Email if interested. Email address is shakilabrooksmodel@yahoo.com. Thank you
  • Dave said on October 15, 2010
    Hi, I am located in The Hague, The Netherlands. I have an idea for a handbag, but I cannot draw or design. I know what it looks like in my head, but, I need to get it on paper and I need samples. I also need to get it manufactured. If you can help me, please e-mail me at deivisfont@hotmail.com Thank You.
  • Molly said on October 16, 2010
    Dallas, TX - Interested in having someone make some samples for me. Please let me know if you are interested. Thank you.
  • ana said on October 30, 2010
    Hi, I would like to start leather hand bags business, but don't know where to get started, can any one help me with the information what to do, and if there are any classes that i can take to make my own samples, since i am ok with sewing and cutting, and i can sketch the styles also. I am near white plains New York. Thanks. email: luxmartusa@yahoo.com
  • Chhavan said on December 4, 2010
    Hello everybody, I am located in Battambang Province, Cambodia. Cambodia is a small country and poor country. So, that's why i have opened a small company that have supported from my Dad and Mom from United States. Now my work is doing with hand bags business. The products made by the poor ladies, widow that we collect them from the village. Now they are looking for job and they come to work with us. So, we need to find the market to sell our products. We have experiences with fabric hand bags and some leather hand bags and we also sell to United States. And now we looking for other market because here have a lot of poor ladies looking for job and they come to us for help. So please help us is the same help the poor ladies by helping us to sell all our products that make by hands. Everybody can help us by order and send us sample of products to address: Khmer Krafts Co., Ltd, #10, Group3, Wat Kor Village, Sangkat Wat Kor, Battambang City, Battambang Province, Cambodia. Or our email add: chhavankkrafts@yahoo.com. We wish we can get information from everybody. Thanks and regards.
  • Sam Phea said on December 4, 2010
    Hello everybody. I'm in Cambodia. We are still looking to do samples and production for anyone if you are need of this service please don't hesitate to email me at samphea9979@yahoo.com We need to help the poor ladies, widow by finding work for them. We are waiting for your help. Thank you
  • April said on December 7, 2010
    I have a patent for a specific purse that I need made. I need the whole process the mock ups and samples ect. I am located in chesapeake, va and would like to partner with someone for the whole process with prices that are reasonable. Looking to find someone and get started ASAP!!!! Thank you!!!!!! you can reach me at msapriljennings@yahoo.com
  • D&V said on December 9, 2010
    Hello everyone, I am interested in starting up a local handbag business. I know nothing about business but i know a lot of people that can help. Would you say I was crazy??? I myself am creative but i never went to school for design. I dont know where to start can anyone guide me in the right direction please???
  • Matilda said on December 10, 2010
    currently got some designs that i would like to have made, but am look for a manufacturer that can deal with both leather and fabric bags and can also do small orders. And also looking for good distribution channels in the US.Please contact at matilda.adeoye@hotmail.co.uk
  • S&J said on December 11, 2010
    We have a design and somewhat prototype for a specific bag that we need produced. The entire process would need to be addressed, from the samples to finished product etc. I am located in Bronx, NY and would like to meet with a TD. Looking to find someone and get started ASAP!!!! Thank you!!!!!! you can reach me at sbenjash@yahoo.com
  • Maggie said on December 11, 2010
    Hi everyone, I'm starting up my own label of handbag. I'm still in a preliminary stage ie. product design. I would like to get in touch with jag. Would you be kind enough to give me an email and have a conversation with me? thank you
  • Matilda said on December 13, 2010
    Hi Maggie i am also in the same situation as you and just wanted to know how you are finding the process so far............ i would also like to get in touch with you and also Jag to get a few tips about getting my bags made in China and also tips on other things i may not have thought of. thank you
  • Melissa said on December 15, 2010
    Hi I am looking for a manufacturer of bags. I will design but will send my design to china or wherever. Please help where I should I start.
  • Betsy said on December 16, 2010
    Hello- we are looking for designers to partner with on handbag, totes, laptop, backpack designs for a start up US company. We bring strong business (entrepreneurial, marketing and web knowledge but need a little more fashion/design sense. If interested please contact me. International designers welcome!!bdkauffman@aol.com
  • Irene said on December 21, 2010
    Hi every one I design handmade leather belts in Kenya. They have bead themes, animal themes. Different sizes to suit women of all groups. Email:irenewahome@gmail.com
  • jeannie said on December 22, 2010
    Hi there...i am starting a handbag company and want to explore my options for manufacturers...i looked into china but also want to see what is good for the U.S...gotta support my country! Please email me if you have any advice or company websites i can look at...no individuals without website. thank you jeannieyi72@hotmail.com
  • Queen Liz said on December 27, 2010
    Hi I am interested in starting a line of bags for my christian store. I want to have my own label. I am in the beginning stage, so I am looking for designers. I am in making contact with friends of mine in Thailand who made wholesale suits for us to see if there may be manufacturing opportunities in that area. Anything you guys can share with me to assist me or advise me would be greatly appreciated.
  • Emma said on December 29, 2010
    Hi Melissa,I can help you. please contact me sales@vonderan.com
  • janice williams said on December 30, 2010
    Hello AND THANK YOU !! I need help, for the pass 4 years i started making hand bag's by hand & pillows i love to sew ,but what i would really love, would be, to see these hand bag's everywhere , yes to be sold, but first i need them to be in production and manufacture, so if you can help me in any kind of way please do, i feel that these bag's will go because i am a talent agent and when people see my bag's they get mad at me because they feel my bags should be in the store's or on line HOPE You can understand, i feel all alone, I LIVE IN DECATUR GA
  • clare said on January 2, 2011
    I am looking to go into the business and is doing some online research. I have seen this website, don't know how good they are but check out www.manolucci.com they are based in New York and from their website will manufacture for you. Hope this helps those looking at manufacturing in the US.
  • Candrisse said on January 2, 2011
    Hello, I'm a recent college grad looking to start a clutch handbag line I've already produced a few bags myself. However I would really like a few samples professionally made for me. If anyone is in the DMV (DC, MARYLAND or VIRGINIA) area please contact me cwidesign@gmail.com. Thank You!
  • Vaibhav Deore said on January 4, 2011
    I would like to star business in Carry bags designing, manufacturing and retailing ,please guide me for the same. City: Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • Mrs Sado said on January 9, 2011
    My business is located at ikorodu in Lagos State Nigeria lam into bags making i want to be linked to a school that offers an online training as i want to broaden my knowledge
  • MJ said on January 21, 2011
    I have a business plan for a socially minded bag business that I am in need of a partner with bag experience for. contact me if interested.
  • CC said on January 22, 2011
    I want to start a small line of handbag , i'm looking for a small manufacturer in puerto rico or usa. I have the design and logo !
  • Veronica said on January 25, 2011
    Hi my name is Veronica, My business partner and i currently are trying to launch our design company. We have most of our designs licensed and some are actually patented. We have a hard time finding someone that can manufacture high quality leather. We would need some that could interpret a detailed sketch and make it from start to finish until it is perfect. We are running low on funds so we need some one who can do it fairly inexpensive. On a side note we already have some buyers lined up that love our design but want to see a sample first. We are hoping to have a sample by the end of the year but the sooner the better. I would love a US based company if possibly to keep the shipping costs fairly low and also to hopefully get the ball moving a little faster. If anyone out there is up for the challenge to manufacture our design. Please please contact me as soon as possible. nelson_veroncia@msn.com Thanks!
  • sherelle said on January 29, 2011
    Had a brainstorm this morning, I have a leather handbag that I love and would like to have one exactly the same, only much larger. I would like to create my own line starting with this bag, however I don't know where to start. Can anyone tell me how to start, where to go to have a prototype made. Just how to get started period, I don't have a clue. Thanks
  • Arif said on February 8, 2011
    I am doing a job and my company running since from 1884..and This company Mumbai based... my company manufacturing of ally types of Bags..Like..Traveling Bag, Office Bag, Lap Top Bags,Bag Pack...School Bag..and many more..and may company also manufacturing as per customers sample / idea..and my company manufacturing bulk and small quantity..and my company supplying in all over India so now I would like to Supply the Bags in Corporate company...so how I can start this business... Please read these my words and give the ideas that how I can start corporate business.. Arif, Mumbai, 8082512354
  • Michele said on February 15, 2011
    I would like to start a handbag line. I have some designs already to go. I just need to find someone who can help me get them manufactured. Does anybody know how to go about this? michelepurses@gmail.com
  • Dana said on February 25, 2011
    Hi all - Was wondering how to price handmade handbags... I've over and over the double/double scenario. Is this still true for pricing handbags? Or is the markup less than 50% for wholesale and retail price? Thanks for any advice.
  • James expert adviser said on February 26, 2011
    @Dana, who are your buyers? Markup will vary depending on your customers.

    Jestin James
    Startup Biz Hub - Senior Advisor (Staff)

  • Dana said on February 26, 2011
    @James can you explain that in more detail for me? what/how would make the markup differ?
  • James expert adviser said on February 26, 2011
    @Dana, In a supply chain system at least you have 2-3 tier of people. If you are the producer and you have the scope to reach the customers then you can have high markup price, you can also markdown on needed as you have higher range with you. If you have multiple tiers in between you and the customer then you will have to keep the markup low, here the benefit is you will sell in bulk. I hope this clears some of your doubts. Let me know if you need further assistance.

    Jestin James
    Startup Biz Hub - Senior Advisor (Staff)

  • Dana said on February 27, 2011
    @James as in the wholesale price (lower price and in bulk) and the retail price (higher price right to customer). is that what you mean?
  • James expert adviser said on February 27, 2011
    @Dana, yes. You got it right. You also need to see who are your buyers. If they are from western countries then you can adjust your price accordingly.

    Jestin James
    Startup Biz Hub - Senior Advisor (Staff)

  • Dana said on February 28, 2011
    @James but is the markup for wholesale double my costs and retail double my wholesale? Or is it less than double (30 - 40% markup)?
  • James expert adviser said on February 28, 2011
    @Dana, it totally depends. I will give you one example of shoes. The retail price of shoes averages $15-$20 and wholesale buying averages $4-8. Producer sells at $3-$6. The gas station sells drugs like 1 packet tylenol for $1, buying cost remains in 9-18 cents for those packets. Wholesaler buys it in 6-12 cents. It totally varies with product and place.

    Jestin James
    Startup Biz Hub - Senior Advisor (Staff)

  • Dana said on March 1, 2011
    @James, and this is why i struggle. I can't figure out how much to mark them up.
  • James expert adviser said on March 1, 2011
    @Dana, i have a trick if you buy it. Call your competitors and act as the buyer to know their markup price. Otherwise try to set a higher price and mark it low on needed.

    Jestin James
    Startup Biz Hub - Senior Advisor (Staff)

  • Dana said on March 2, 2011
    @James -oohhh that's juicy! not sure i could pull that off, but thanks for all the advice, sincerely.
  • Lorraine Price said on March 4, 2011
    I am looking for a Saskatchewan or Canadian manufacturer to make my purse design. Can anyone help me out. Thanks
  • Linda Cortes said on March 7, 2011
    I have an ideas to start my own purse line. Can someone assist me with what steps I need to take first. I know it will be profitable on the market.
  • LaKeisha said on March 7, 2011
    Hi! My name is LaKeisha I have had a deep seated passion for handbags since my childhood. After countless purchases over the years I quickly became fascinated with the various facets of a handbag, which has compelled me designing on my own. I have a portfolio of over 200 unique handbags. Its my dream to start my line and see my handbags on store shelves. I'm primarily seeking a big market opportunity, by building a joint venture with an established company. I am currently in process of having patterns and samples made.... any suggestions/guidance is greatly appreciated. ANY opportunity for business is negotiable!!! I an eager to get started ASAP! Please contact me!!! If possible could the following contact me: JAG, SHAKILA and BETSY - I have questions for you... maybe we can jump on a call!!!! My email is keishasdesigns@yahoo.com
  • aasha said on March 10, 2011
    I am looking for a company to manufacture my bag, designed by myself. The product is registered, but i require samples (prototypes) and if all goes well, manufacturers. Please advise. Thanks Aasha. aashasagoo@yahoo.com. I live in the UK.
  • Esther said on March 21, 2011
    Hi, I am looking to start up a shoe and hand bag business here in the USA, but is looking for a company in China and Italy who can manufacture them for me. Pls help if you know any of such company to do business with me.
  • Cynthia said on March 29, 2011
    I have been sewing bags for years and am now ready to pursue putting my bags on the market. Where do I go to get my designs licensed or registered? Should I even get I get it patented since copying seems to run rampant. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  • Diane said on April 2, 2011
    Hello, I designed and built an original handbag and I am looking for someone in the southeast USA to produce samples that have all the bells and whistles of my original bag, but professionally manufactured and finished. Your help is truly appreciated.
  • Taryn said on April 6, 2011
    My sister and I just started a line of Handbags and wallets. We have the sketches done and buyers in the works but are looking for a manufacturer who works with leather and silk in the Los Angeles area. Any help please email me at swiichtaryn@gmail.com

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