made in britain
This vegan clutch bag is individually handcrafted in our South Devon workshop from the highest quality upholstery grade cork 'leather' and solid brass fittings.
This classic shape features an oval shaped gusset to allow plenty of room in the interior of the bag. It fastens with a magnetic fitting for ease of access and also features a carry handle attached to the back.
This bag is lined with a durable black organic cotton canvas lining and has a large open interior cork pocket.
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 resistance and it is extremely light-weight.
Exterior - Upholstery graded cork fabric
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.
Interior - Black organic cotton canvas
Height - 17cm
Depth - 4cm