Online report features 19 export suppliers offering fashion, business, travel and specialty bags, plus details on product pricing and supply market trends

NEW DELHIThe Hinrich Foundation released the India Sourcing Report: Bags 2017 with the support of its partner in export development, Global Sources.

The online report offers import buyers websites of 19 verified exporter suppliers and profiles fashion, business, travel and specialty bags. It also features an overview of the industry, new product features, price guides and export data. PDFs of each section are available to download for free online.

Report highlights combination of old and new elements

India bag makers are mixing traditional and contemporary design elements to enhance product aesthetics and appeal to a wider range of buyers in the international market. This has resulted in bags featuring geometric and other modern patterns that have been created using traditional embellishments such as sequins, embroidery, punch work and appliques.

In terms of materials, suppliers continue to gravitate toward materials that are considered sustainable and environment-friendly as demand for products using these inputs has been increasing. Upcoming eco-friendly releases will include bags made of jute or banana fiber.

Additionally, bag manufacturers are looking to expand their selections of multifunction designs. Models with adjustable or removable straps that make them convertible into different styles are examples of this trend.

“Suppliers are creating versatile bags that can easily transition from a work day bag to a weekend bag, while maintaining the same comfort, size and weight that suit both formal and casual occasions,” said Pragya Bhatnagar, export consultant for the Hinrich Foundation.

Suppliers and products

Delhi-based Kuttu International, which has been in business since 1991, offers clutch bags embellished with sequins, mirror work or beads. Its selection includes models with detachable shoulder or wrist straps. The company also offers cotton canvas bags with various prints.

Established in 1989, Antler Leather produces genuine leather laptop bags of various styles. The Tamil Nadu-based company offers briefcases with detachable and adjustable shoulder straps.

Leder Handcrafted, which was founded in 2015, creates genuine leather tote and shoulder bags with handpunched and handstitched patterns. The supplier is based in Rajasthan.

In addition to Kuttu International, Antler Leather and Leder Handcrafted, suppliers featured in the report are:

– Aisha Leather Products, Tamil Nadu: Leather handbags, briefcases and shoulder bags.

– Associated International Group, Telangana: Handbags, briefcases, backpacks, clutch and travel bags made of leather and other materials.

– Bag House, Tamil Nadu: Leather tote bags, duffel bags, briefcases, belt bags and wheeled travel bags.

– Cecilia’s Leather Artefacts, West Bengal: Handbags and toiletry bags made of leather or natural fiber.

– Christ International, Uttar Pradesh: Canvas and beaded handbags.

– Collagen Tanners, Tamil Nadu: Leather briefcases, backpacks, laptop bags and travel bags.

– Cosmos International, Uttar Pradesh: Handbags and shoulder bags made of jute, canvas or leather.

– Hiba Bag Manufacturer, Telangana: Jute and canvas tote bags, and leather handbags and briefcases.

– JL Collections, Maharashtra: Leather handbags, briefcases and duffle bags.

– Jute by Design, Telangana: Printed jute handbags and tote bags.

– Leather Mark, Tamil Nadu: Leather briefcases, backpacks, handbags and travel bags.

– Navneet Fabrication, Uttar Pradesh: Fabric clutch bags and handbags, and leather handbags and laptop bags.

– Sai Exports, Uttar Pradesh: Fabric tote bags and handbags.

– Sreya Eco Pack, Telangana: Jute handbags and messenger bags.

– Valmax, Tamil Nadu: Leather briefcases, handbags, backpacks and sling bags.

– VRPS Handicrafts, Delhi: Canvas handbags and metal clutch bags.

The report further shows:

– India exported nearly $1.25 billion worth of handbags, trunks, suitcases and other containers made from leather, textile and other materials under HS code 4202 in 2016, according to data from DESA/UNSD, United Nations Comtrade database.

– Among the factors providing India bag suppliers with a competitive advantage is their proximity to producers of cotton, jute and leather.

– Many suppliers expect quotes of bags to increase in coming months due in part to the recently rolled out Goods and Services Tax, which is India’s countrywide levy on goods and services for manufacturers and consumers.

India Sourcing Report: Bags 2017 is one of a series of online Sourcing Reports covering emerging Asia supply markets. A full version of the report can be viewed here.

Other related Sourcing Reports available are: Bags, Vietnam; Bags and wallets, Indonesia; and Fashion accessories and jewelry, Philippines and Vietnam.

Sourcing from India buyer’s guide

To help buyers new to India sourcing, the Hinrich Foundation has prepared a guide that provides an overview of the industries and products available.

Buyers will also learn how to find and evaluate reliable suppliers, available banking options, common methods of payment, shipping details and steps to avoid or settle trade disputes.

Download the report