|FAQs - (Frequently Asked Questions)
-What are the prices of these handbags?
-What is the usual markup/profit margin?
Typically your retail price will be 2.5 to 3 times your cost. In general this gives you enough profits and covers shipping and customs fees (when applicable) while at the same time keeping the price competitive.
-How can I place a wholesale order?
You can order ONLINE from our wholesale shop! Just select styles and colours and add to cart. You WILL NOT be asked for payment at checkout, the order will simply be sentto us. We will verify availability/leadtime and get back to you by email to confirm.
-Can I buy a sample to see the quality of your handbags?
Yes, please select a sample from our retail shop. Choose among the many styles available for immediate shipping. If your desired colour is not in stock we will let you know the closest available options. Samples are sold at the manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP) which you will see at bottom of product page, in the catalog. We will give you back the difference between retail and wholesale price when you will place your first wholesale order. For shipping of samples we can use your express freight account (DHL, UPS, Fedex) or provide an estimate for shipping with our freight. Please note that express freight for a single bag can cost as much as the bag itself. When you will be shipping a wholesale order instead, shipping cost falls dramatically.
NOTE: for up to two samples, cost of sample is retail price. For more than 2 samples we will apply wholesale price. This is because the time required to process a two piece order and the paperwork that has to be for shipping is the same as for a large order.
-Will they sell well?
All these handbags have been fine tuned over the years, season after season to be very successfull sellers. All the ingredients for success are there: attractive, trendy designs, top quality Italian leather and craftmanship, attention to details and a price that places these fashion handbags within the reach of a wide target of consumers. These fashion handbags are currently selling under private brand at world famous boutiques and franchises worldwide as well as through other channels such as tv shopping.
-Are these handbags original designs?
Yes they are all original Italian designs. No copies, no replicas. You can rest assured, they are thoroughly tested and exposed products. Great care is taken not to reproduce proprietary top brand designs or hardware, not even by mistake.
-Which is the brand? Can you make them with my brand?
The handbags are sold under our brand "Bellini" normally. However, we are proud to be able to brand them with your own logo! Create your own line of products quickly and inexpensively. Just send us the artwork in digital format and we will create a metal stamp to stamp your logo on the leather. Setup costs about Euro 200. Click here for details on OEM / private brand options. You can also forward your paper and price tags/barcodes. They will be attached to the handbags here while they are manufactured so that they will be ready for your store's shelves as soon as you pull them out of the box! Private label is the fastest growing trend. Capitalize on it!
-Where are the handbags made?
All the handbags shown are Made in Florence, Italy employing local skilled labour in compliance with EU regulations. Locally tanned leathers are employed. Our area in Italy in fact has some of the most famous tanneries in the world.
-Are the handbags in stock or do I have to order them?
There are usually a few hundred handbags in stock. However as inventory changes daily it is difficult for us to let you know exactly what is available at a given time. After you place order from our online shop we will promptly verify availability and let you know. Note that handbags in stock are with Bellini brand. If you want the bags with your logo (private label), they must be manufactured for you.
The items will then be made to your specifications and quantities usually within 2-3 weeks.
-How do I place an order?
Just place your order through our online shop. Confirmation will be given very quickly and then if all is agreable a proforma invoice will be issued itemizing pricing and delivery terms. If you are e an EU business you must have a VAT number to purchase.
-Is it possible to choose different colours and leather types?
Yes of course. The same styles can be made in different colours and different leather types. Please note that NOT all styles can be made with all leather types. For example it is not possible to make a very stiff, constructed handbag with very soft suede leather as it would not keep the shape.
Colours usually in stock are: black, white, red, light brown, cream, beige, dark brown. However it is possible to source almost any colour and an infinite variety of types of leathers. Your visit here for particular choices of leather is recommended. Extra time may be needed for delivery of particular leather colours. When choosing colours think of this: 50% of handbags sold worldwide are black, all the other colours combined make up the other 50%!
-What are the minimum quantities for an order?
For manufacturing orders a minimum of ten handbags per style per colour are required, the total order must be of at least 50 bags. pcs total order minimum. If you select ready to ship items in person at our factory, there is no minimum!
-What is the lead time for orders?
Many styles are ready to ship. Items in stock are unbranded or with our "Bellini" brand. If your desired styles/colours are not in stock we will manufacture them. Most orders are completed within 3 weeks from order confirmation. However plan with plenty of advance. There are certain times of the year when production is extremely busy and times when things are slower. However we will let you know upon you inquiring.
-What are the prices? Do they include shipping and customs?
The prices indicated are FOB Florence, Italy. Shipping is NOT included, though we can arrange it for you if you don't have a contract with a particular freight. If delivery is outside the EU, custom fees will be requested for the goods to clear customs. Custom fees are also NOT included in our pricing and they vary from country to country. Please consult with your country's customs office or with your freight to find out rates and any particular documentation required for customs clearance of leather goods Made in Italy. Very broadly speaking custom fees for leather goods range from 5 to 10% of invoice value.
-How are the bags packaged?
The handbags are stuffed with tissue paper to keep their shape.They are then individually placed in a clear cellophane bag. Cellophane or paper protections are placed over delicate handles and hardware parts. See pictures above, left. Each handbag sold under ou brand "Bellini" comes with a luxurious flannell cotton dustbag with the printed logo in front. See picture above left.
The bags are shipped in cartons usually measuring 53 x 60 x 70 cm. On average one carton holds fifteen bags and weighs about 15 Kg. Bags cannot be packed tighlty or their shape can be damaged, hence their volume is more important than weight for freight estimates.
-Who do I pay to? What are payment terms?
You will pay your order to us, Italia Consultant, once order is confirmed and proforma invoice sent to you. Upon receiving deposit payment your order will be processed. Balance payment will be requested when your order is ready to ship.
-What type of payments are accepted?
Bank money transfer is the standard (T/T). Credit card through PayPal is also accepted. For credit card payments there is an extra charge of 3.8% of invoice total. This is because of credit card fees which we cannot include in wholesale prices, the margins being very narrow.
-Can you manufacture my own designs?
Yes we can! This is a service which we offer to established brands or distribution networks. For this purpose we employ a special laboratory for prototyping your designs into samples before production. We require good sketches of your designs from all views in order to manufacture your protoypes. We follow all particular aspects of your production, sourcing leather, hardware, designers, labels, planning costs and even marketing and branding.details
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