Saturday, May 30, 2009

The World's Biggest Handbag and Shoe Centres

Yesterday Mike and I went back to Ghuangzhou in China to visit two massive wholesale centres, one for handbags and one for shoes. These places are enormous and full of 100's of small stores displaying products they have available for wholesale customers. It was another massive day. We left our hotel at 9am and got back at 12:30am, but it was worth it!

We visited the handbag centre first. If Shoes of Prey goes well, we'd like to offer our customers handbags to go with their shoes.

Our shoe supplier then took us to the shoe centre to take a look. The Ghuangzhou region manufactures about 3 billion pairs of shoes a year, and wholesale centres like this on is where a lot of the trade associated with this shoe making occurs. The centre sells everything from ready made shoes to all the parts you need to make shoes.

Some of the amazing leathers available to be made into shoes.

A sample of the 1000's of different buckles and shoe decorations available for sale.

I don't think I realised zips came in big long rolls like this!

They even sell shoe making tools.

Every type of bead imaginable, available in massive bags.

Cotton in stacks of different colours.


  1. hey michael, i'm enjoying following this - best of luck with it and keep up the good posting. :)

    rowland marshall

  2. Thanks Rowland, good to hear from you and I hope you're well! :)