After being harvested, the cork is left to air dry for six months. Then it’s boiled and steamed to get even more elasticity. Heat and pressure are applied to cork to press it into blocks, which are later sliced in thin sheets that can be transformed in a multitude of wonderful cork leather accessories. Unlike the heavy chemical processing of leather, cork leather production is chemical-free. (Yay!)
Despite your nightmarish visions, cork fabric won’t crack or crumble. In fact, due to its very simple and natural processing, cork fabric retains all the qualities “raw” cork is known for:
This is one of the biggest advantages of cork and of our products, as no one wants to carry a laptop bag that weights more than the laptop itself. With over 50% of its volume being air, no wonder cork is so light!
Cork bags, handbags and sleeves are perfect to keep your favorite devices safe and sound - even in the most adverse weather conditions. Water resistance is cork’s best kept secret: cork ages without deteriorating mainly due to its resistance to moisture. The suberin covering (a waterproofing waxy substance) present in the cell walls make cork virtually impermeable to liquids and gases.
Cork wallets are very sturdy and will last you a lifetime, even if you carry them daily on your jeans’ pocket; other cork accessories are just as resistant. Thanks to its honeycomb structure, cork is highly abrasion resistant and has a high friction coefficient. That’s why cork is a go-to material even for NASA.
We surely hope you won’t ever need to test this, but hey… you never know! The slow combustion of cork makes it a natural fire retardant and a kind of barrier against fire.
The softness of cork fabric is one of the characteristics our clients love the most. Also each product is as unique as a finger print, as there are no two equal pieces of cork.
If your priority is quality, and you’re wondering how cork fabric products will age and behave through the years, know this: the quality and suppleness of cork fabric products can only be compared to that of leather goods.
But, unlike leather, cork fabric is 100% natural and vegan, water repellent, stain resistant and scratch-proof. Another advantage of cork fabric over leather is that it’s very low-maintenance. To keep your vegan cork accessories in good shape, all you need to do is clean them with water and soap. That’s it! You’re good to go.
Alas, your new cork accessories will age - like every last thing under the sun. But they will do so in a nicely kept manner, lasting you for years to come, with added character.