THE PLEASANT TOUCH OF CORK

 

 

 

We work with a focus on plant-based materials with a positive environmental footprint. Our latest collection uses high quality cork fabric from a trusted manufacturer in Portugal. Cork is a renewable resource with outstanding material properties.

 

WATER RESISTANT

Cork is naturally waterproof which makes it a perfect material for bags.

STURDY

Cork is remarkably resistant to abrasion.

LIGHTWEIGHT

Cork is very light. Over half of its volume is air and it can float.

UNIQUE

Cork has a unique texture and a soft and pleasant touch.

SUSTAINABLE

Harvesting cork helps to preserve the natural ecosystem of cork oak forests.

VEGAN

Cork is a purely plant-based material.

 

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PLANT-BASED MATERIAL WITH EUROPEAN ORIGIN

Cork is the bark of the cork oak, which is native to the western Mediterranean region. Portugal’s cork oak forests (Montados) are a unique ecosystem and habitat for a variety of animal and plant species.

WHY PATIENCE IS KEY WHEN IT COMES TO CORK HARVESTING

A cork oak has to reach an age of 20 to 25 years before it can be peeled for the first time. The cork harvest is a traditional craft in Portugal. The removal of the bark requires the experience and skilled hands of two men for each tree. The workers peel off the bark in six steps without harming the oak. Harvesting cork actually increases the tree‘s lifetime expectancy and therefore helps to preserve one of the richest ecosystems in the world. After a natural regeneration phase of about nine years, the tree can be harvested again for an average of 150 to 200 years. Equally surprising, the cork oak increases its ability to absorb CO2 by five times during the regeneration process.

HOW FLEXIBLE TEXTILES DERIVE FROM CORK

After the harvest, the cork planks are stacked in piles and remain exposed to sun, wind and rain for six months. During this time, the raw material matures and stabilises. The cork planks are then steamed to remove dirt and increase flexibility. Later on, the cork is pressed into blocks, sliced into thin sheets and bonded to a textile backing.

 

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OUR COLOUR RANGE

Cork is best known for its characteristic caramel beige colour. However, cork can also come in other shades. For our collection we use fine Portuguese cork that is coloured with water-based dyes. Our muted colour palette makes the cork fabric look extraordinary and extremely elegant. The colours enhance its unique structure.

 

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Graphite grey

This timeless dark shade is a mixture of grey and blue. It is reminiscent of dark stone, smooth concrete surfaces and due to the blue undertones the colour of the sky just before a summer rain. Bags in this colour have a great matt look and are very versatile to combine.

 

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Birch grey

When you look at this light and warm shade of grey, imagine strolling through a light flooded birch grove. The natural structure of the cork is emphasised most strongly here. Grey and beige nuances alternate and make this shade look extremely lively and unique. A perfect combination with black.

 

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Navy

A deep night blue. It unfolds its full beauty in sunlight. Dark shiny reflections shimmer wonderfully and give your bag a royal look.

 

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Black

A classic shade for elegant bags that is great with soft colours and as a contrast to light outfits. Or try it tone-on-tone with dark clothing. In other words, you’re always right with our silky matt black.

 

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Light rose

A feminine shade that looks fresh and very modern thanks to the purist design of our bags. Light rose is extremely versatile in company of other colours: very elegant next to black, airy and light with sand tones, contrasting with red or harmonious with dark blue.

 

EXPERIENCE WHAT CORK FEELS LIKE

Our cork fabric is an extremely flexible and soft material that can best be experienced once you hold it in your own hands. We offer cork samples that give an impression of the unique cork surface and textile backing and help you find your favorite colour. Order here.