Bellemonde Origins

Bellemonde Origins


It all began when my husband, Tom, and I moved from Atlanta, Georgia to Hong Kong in the early 1980s for his work. Once I finished getting situated with our new home atop The Peak and having our first child 3 months later, I started a company called Temptations. I chauffeured friends and friends-of-friends around the city to whatever their shopping hearts desired. Having gone through the process of finding furniture for our flat and raising a newborn, I knew just about every aspect of the city. I felt like I needed to portray my love of Hong Kong (which is still strong today) to my American friends and acquaintances.

Hong Kong is the greatest city in the world!

The Peak Tram in Hong Kong

(The Peak tram Tom and I had to take everyday to get to the city)

My love for Asian cultures blossomed during my time in Hong Kong. The food, the insanely generous people of the region, and the geography captivated my mind. This is when the lightbulb went off in my head...I began to see how the manufacturing process worked. Recognizing where the source of the raw materials began, I was encouraged to start designing and manufacturing all the ideas that accumulated in my head for so many years. 

So when my time in Asia ended in the late 80s when Tom and I and our 2 year old son(Thomas) moved back to Atlanta, Georgia; I had to figure out a way to keep Asia in my life. This is when I started to design and manufacture. I created an event planning/decorating business in Atlanta. The candelabra, that is available on our website, was one of the earliest creations that I designed and manufactured.

iron candelabra for weddings and event planning

Somehow I ended up focusing on manufacturing luggage, I guess it was due to the fact that I'm constantly traveling. Whether for business or pleasure, I like carrying a piece of luggage that is durable, efficient, and (of course) looks fabulous. I realized that there was a significant gap between the cheap pieces of luggage and the high-end, so I began to create my own. I only carry my own designs and see myself as the ultimate product durability tester. 

I feel fortunate to have found a factory owner who is an American manufacturing in China. Mike grew up in Houston Texas and graduated from Texas A&M (I don't hold it against him...Roll Tide) so he understands the concerns and demands of Americans. As a 1st generation American, Mike moved to his parents homeland to pursue his career in manufacturing.

Quality and a reasonable price is our goal. First Class Look; Economy Price!

Asian Americans working in China

I travel to China 1-3 times a year. Everytime I arrive on the continent I am amazed to see how much the infrastructure is improved. China is definitely a country that we Americans need to maintain a healthy relationship with because this world is only getting more intertwined. We must learn to work with foreign countries so that both nations can prosper. 

Doubletree Hilton in Xiamen

(my office view when in Xiamen...this makes me so happy)