Companies cater to diverse tastes by creating classic tiaras, fabric rosettes and short blushers.
China suppliers of bridal headwear continue to enrich aesthetic value by exploring three directions in their releases: fairy-tale romance, country charm and vintage glamour.
|Crystals and pearls cascade in vines from Happy's model HJ-063 comb. The price is $2.|
The first motif is adopted in tiaras, hairpins, barrettes and ornamental combs. Products are generally made of zinc alloy and plated in bright white. Ivory pearls, and clear crystals and rhinestones are set in floral shapes that move with the user’s head. Crowns are petite to complement veils. Although silver tones dominate output, a few pieces are rendered in shades of gold as these are preferred by clients in Ukraine.
To create a pastoral look, companies are employing fabrics and feathers. Satin, tulle, gauze and organza pieces are sewn together to form rosettes. These are trimmed with sequins, crystals, faux pearls and wire. A bobby pin is often utilized as a fastener. While most designs are for loose locks, some models have several small blossoms that are intended to be scattered across a bun. Larger styles boast clusters of plumes that can cover one-half of the head. Inspired by hues found in nature, elements come in light blue and blush apart from traditional bone and cream.
The retro trend is reflected in recently launched mesh blusher veils. Items fall only to the nose and are attached via a plastic comb hidden by beaded textile flowers.
China’s bridal headwear line comprises hairpins, barrettes, combs, ponytail holders, tiaras, headbands and veils. Except for makers of the last type, most businesses also offer jewelry because the products use similar materials. For the same reason, veils are often a sideline of wedding and evening gown manufacturers. A few suppliers concentrate on bridal accessories such as gloves and garters.
Prices start below $2 and can exceed $5. Materials represent 60 percent of fabrication costs. Labor and transportation outlay accounts for the rest. Low-end models include thin pins, clips, headbands and tiaras made of zinc alloy, iron, plastic and resin. Metal parts are plated in rhodium. Feathers, crystals, faux pearls, rhinestones, resin beads, satin and organza are used for decoration. Veils are available in pure polyester and do not go past the waist. They have cut or satin ribbon edges.
Midrange designs are quoted at $2 to $5. Copper and brass are additional options for the fastener, which may be coated in silver and gold. The other ornaments are sinamay, freshwater pearls and CZs. Veils can reach the ankle and come with up to three layers of tulle, organza or chiffon bounded by tape or lace.
Train-length head coverings, and large tiaras and barrettes are considered high-end. Fabrics for the first contain spandex and cotton. Embroidered borders are widely utilized. Copper clasps are covered with a layer of silver, gold or platinum. Trimmings include Swarovski crystals.
With stiff price competition in the industry, suppliers are inclined to keep prices stable in the next six months, a sustainable decision because material costs are also predicted to stay flat. To further support the strategy, some companies have ample stock of commonly employed inputs to avoid being affected by unforeseen rate changes.
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