Bridging the gap from concept to market
As a company striving to succeed in today’s competitive market—whether you specialize in multiple, singular, or private label brands—you understand that your footwear has to stand out. When presenting your line, you need to demonstrate superior quality to clients, and assure them that what they see will be delivered onto the selling floor. So when it comes to creating and producing that product, you need a trustworthy partner who will make your line their priority and give you the edge you need to outshine your competition.
Facilitating exceptional footwear for the world.
Rival Designs opened its doors in 2005 as an all-in-one boutique agency specializing in quality footwear. Owned and operated by Ricardo Leite, who has 30 years of experience in the footwear industry, Rival employs a highly trained and experienced team of over 250 employees from around the world, including China, Brazil, and Italy.

In addition to our main office in Dogguan, China, we also operate satellite offices in Hong Kong and Milan, Italy. These global locations allow us to stay abreast of new trends and technologies coming out of Europe and Asia each year. We can help set you apart from the competition by delivering timely products finely crafted to the highest standards of quality. Rival consistently delivers exceptional customer service and ensures that your footwear will have a measurable impact on the market.

You can preview our products in some of the best department stores, specialty stores and independent retailers in the United States, Canada, Asia and abroad, including: Bergdorf Goodman | Neiman Marcus | Nordstrom | Lane Crawford | Holt Renfrew | Macy’s | DSW.

About Rival's owner
A second-generation professional in the shoe field, Ricardo Leite has worked in the industry since 1982. After graduating with a university degree as a shoe technician, he spent the majority of his career in footwear design, development, and technology. Ricardo has worked at a CTCCA center that contributes to improvements in the shoe industry, collaborated with factories to train, organize, and develop new technologies, and taught and set up CAD systems for some of the most cutting-edge factories in Brazil and Europe. He was also instrumental in relocating and developing the production from Brazil to Asia for Nine West Group, BCBG, and Stride Rite


Rival is the innovative and accessible partner you've been searching for.
Translating your footwear designs into a profitable reality can be a challenging process. By maintaining relationships with only the most reputable manufacturers, you can be confident that you'll receive the highest caliber of quality and craftsmanship. The Rival team travels the world to seek out best practices in technology, design, and production, giving our clients a competitive advantage. From sampling your designs to sourcing your final product to overseeing production, we're your partner every step of the way. Need a hand with initial design? As an additional service, Rival Designs can assist individuals and companies who don't have an in-house design team. We'll work with you to conceptualize, design, and create your footwear from scratch for private label or branded lines. Please contact us for more information on our design services.
- Kurt Geiger
- Dolce Vita
- Elizabeth and James
- Stella McCartney
- Jones Group
- Sam Edelman
- Geox


Private Label:
"We take pride in working hard
to build and keep relationships
for the long term."
RICARDO - owner

Rival Design Studio LTD
China office:
NO#1 Gold Road, Bai Ma Area, Nan Cheng District 523080
Dongguan-Guang-P.R. China

Hong Kong office:
Suite 2212, 22/F-Tower 1-The Gateway 25 Canton Road
Tsimshatsui-kowloon-Hong Kong

Phone: (86)769-8806.3066
Fax: (86)769-2236.3627


When it comes to footwear, samples are one of the essential ingredients for success. That's why at Rival Designs, we make all of our prototypes and samples in-house, in our own sample rooms. There is no back-and-forth with factories for numerous corrections wasting valuable time. We also have our own on site tannery to further speed material development for your samples. 

With our state-of-the-art sample room facilities and a full running production line outfitted with equipment imported from Italy, we consistently produce exceptional, market-ready samples that you'll be proud to showcase. Simply hand us your design, and we will create a sample that's worthy of your brand. We pride ourselves on craftsmanship and timely delivery. Once we've set a timetable for your samples, you'll receive them precisely when they're expected—no delays, snags, or excuses.

Our sampling services include:
Personalized teams: We assign a highly skilled, multilingual development team to work exclusively on your brand. Operating from our headquarters in China, our teams work hand-in-hand with yours from start to finish, ensuring continuity of process. At Rival, we value the integrity and security of your designs, taking every precaution to ensure confidentiality.

We focus on every detail to match your design vision on:
*Lasts & Construction
*Pattern making
*Design and fit corrections
*Reviewing and revising tech packs

Leather development: Today's footwear has to not only be trend right in style, but also in material. Rival will work with you to create leathers from some of the best tanneries in China, or source materials from anywhere in the world. We can work from photos or swatches of existing materials to help you develop the precise material you need. We can even develop some of your materials in-house in our own tannery, ensuring a quick turnaround for sampling when you need it most.

Color Development: Send us your PMS color swatches, and we'll create your palette on leather for your approval. Once your colors are approved, we'll work with our neighboring tanneries to develop new materials with colors exclusive to your brand.


At Rival, the process of translating your designs from paper to production requires quality and expertise. Our skilled artisans from Italy, Brazil, and China speak the language of aesthetically pleasing shoes. When you commission Rival Designs, you can expect nothing less than the best.
Developing your footwear for the production process is an essential step to a successful shoe line. You will be assigned a dedicated team of seasoned professionals, ensuring that your footwear receives VIP treatment.

Our product development services include:
Production changes: You may require updates to samples made during your marketing period, based on sales and client comments. We work with you to ensure that these changes happen quickly and accurately.

Fit Trials: We understand that having a beautifully designed shoe is not enough—that's why we work to ensure the finest fit possible before turning any prototype or sample over to the factories. With our daily fit trials and strict sign-off procedures, fit is never an issue for our team or yours.

Material checkpoints: We verify that all of your leathers are delivered as promised. We review all materials before going into production—whether your footwear is developed outside or within China, any issues are caught and corrected before they become problems.

Facilitating the connections you need for global success
The sourcing landscape, particularly in China, has changed dramatically over the years. In today's environment, determining the best manufacturers from abroad is a challenging task—especially when you're unable to visit the facilities and determine the quality of production for yourself.
At Rival, we maintain local and regional relationships with top manufacturers, working closely with factories to ensure consistent quality all the way down the line. Our sourcing management services include:

Factory sourcing: We match the right product to the right factory to ensure an optimal finished product.

Project planning: We'll keep everything on track, with precise production scheduling and assurance of prompt deliveries.

Facility inspections: Our team carefully assesses the manufacturers we work with to ensure that the facilities are equipped with the latest technologies and the best technicians.

Procurement negotiation: We'll work on your behalf to negotiate pricing for your footwear. 

Quality assurance (QA) and control: Rival's quality assurance inspectors remain at the factory full-time to oversee all stages of production, including cutting, stitching, lasting, and finishing.

Fit assurance: We ensure that before your shoe ever makes its way into the factory, it fits with your team and ours. Once your footwear is in production, we monitor daily fit trials throughout the process.

Material management: Our team works closely with manufacturers, inspecting materials prior to an in production.

Chemical testing: We exceed standard factory testing by performing additional exacting tests on components and leathers in our on-site laboratory, to catch and correct any chemical issues before going into production. All of our production materials are rigorously tested to fully meet or exceed physical and chemical requirements according to REACH and AAFA specifications.