We work with a focus on plant-based materials with a positive environmental footprint. Our latest collection uses high quality corkleather from a trusted manufacturer in Portugal. Cork is a renewable resource with outstanding material properties.
Cork is naturally waterproof which makes it a perfect material for bags.
Cork is remarkably resistant to abrasion.
Cork is very light. Over half of its volume is air and it can float.
Cork has a unique texture and a soft and pleasant touch.
Harvesting cork helps to preserve the natural ecosystem of cork oak forests.
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 (cotton).
OUR SAMPLE SERVICE
We offer a cork leather sample set containing all shades of the Cork Collection. It gives an impression of the soft cork surface and its cotton backing and is helpful when choosing your colour. Order here.
Our collection is “PETA-Approved Vegan”. The certification guarantees that all components of our bags, including the adhesives and yarns we use, do not contain animal ingredients.