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Cork Fashion: 7 Things you Should Know

Posted by Paula Parisotto on

Unique, sustainable, soft, durable, washable, hypoallergenic, lightweight, water, fade, moisture, mildew and dust resistant. (Shew, say that five times fast.)

But what are we talking about? Only my fav eco-friendly "fabric": Cork!



A fabricator stands next to a machine that is cutting patterns pieces out of cork leather

As a textile, cork stands out due to its unique look. In fact, its uniqueness is what turned this personal stylist into an accessories designer. (Intrigued? Take a quick detour.)

Here are a few more of the features that made me say, cork is "in the bag"....literally:

  • No two pieces of cork are ever exactly alike, making your accessories truly one-of-a-kind.
  • With over 50% of its volume being air, cork is SUPER lightweight, taking unnecessary pressure off of your shoulders and back.
  • It’s stain resistant and soap and water washable making it a breeze to maintain.
  • It’s surprisingly soft and highly resistant to wear making it as durable as worn-in animal leather.......with none of the weight.
  • Cork fabric doesn’t absorb dust, so it’s hypoallergenic and a great option for anyone with asthma or allergies.
  • It’s water, fade, moisture and mildew resistant making it the perfect alternative to animal leather.
  • Cork is an inherently sustainable resource, both renewable and biodegradable. Thanks Mother Nature!

I'm a big fan, and think you will be, too. In fact, see and feel cork leather before investing in a bag, belt or earring. We're happy to send you some samples. Free of course! Simply email CustomerService@PaulaParisotto.com 

If you like fun facts…

Most cork oak trees (Quercus Suber for you botanists and dendrophilias.) are found in Portugal, which is where we source ours from! I spent two years researching and wear testing cork fabrics until I finally landed on the most luxurious, most durable cork in the world. Yes, the world! I AM that picky.

The industry is regulated by the government of Portugal to make sure that skilled workers harvest the cork ethically and sustainably, causing no injury to the trees or the environment. In fact, the cork oak is the only tree that regenerates itself after each harvest! Each tree lives 150-200 years, making them havens for wildlife, including 3 endangered species: the Iberian Lynx, Iberian Imperial Eagle and Barbary Deer.


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