made in britain
This sustainable vegan handbag is handcrafted in our South Devon workshop from the highest quality Upholstery grade cork 'leather' and solid brass fittings.
Cork is regarded as one of the most sustainable and eco friendly materials available. As well as it's eco credentials it also posesses many other qualities such as strength, water resistace and it is extremely light-weight - a perfect alternative to leather.
The Midi berry is a great day to day bag, it closes with an easy access magnetic fastening and featuring an exterior pocket under the flap and another interior open pocket. It is lined with a durable black organic cotton canvas lining
The belt style strap is fully adjustable.
This bag can also be made to order in a variety of coloured cork 'leathers'. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.
What is Cork?
Cork is the outer bark of the Cork Oak tree (Quercus Suber). It's made of water resistant cells that separate the outer bark from the delicate interior bark. Cork is stripped from the tree without causing any harm, in fact, harvesting helps the tree to enter a regeneration process, which extends its lifespan in the long-term making cork a truly sustainable material.
How is Cork 'Leather' Made?
Once removed from the tree the cork is left to dry out for six months. After this period the cork is boiled in water to enhance it's elasticity. It is then shaved into very thin sheets and layered onto a woven fabric backing using non toxic glue. Finally a non-toxic sealant is applied.
What are the Benefits of Cork 'Leather'?
A natural material
100% plant based vegan textile
Produces no waste in extraction, processing, or production
How Durable is Cork 'Leather'?
Cork fabric is often compared to leather regarding it's durability, due to it’s chemical make-up and honeycomb structure cork is highly abrasion resistant. It is also naturally waterproof and stain resistant.
As with any material there are varying grades of cork fabric which is why after an extensive search we have sourced a premium upholstery grade of cork fabric that has undergone rigorous durability tests.
Cork is simple to clean with mild soapy water.
Width - 20cm
Height - 14cm
Depth - 6cm