With the rise of vegan fashion, more and more vegan bag brands are emerging, and today we are introducing the cork bag brand. Of all the plant-based vegan leathers out there, cork is probably the best. It has a natural grain like wood and numerous excellent properties that allow it to be applied to a variety of uses. Using cork is not only eco-friendly in terms of biodegradability, it has superb environmental value, economic value and gives them a monetary value beyond wood.
The 10 cork bag brands I’ll be featuring today showcase the best of cork with their premium designs, superior detailing and modern style.
HZCORK is a leading Chinese brand of cork products specializing in cork goods. The founder, Andy, is a nature lover who loves natural and raw scents and focuses on sustainable products. He was inspired by his adventures in Portugal and fell in love with the sustainability and infinite creativity of cork. He later brought cork back to his home country to create his own factory and brand, HZCORK.
HZCORK offers 100% natural cork vegan bags that are designed and handcrafted in Portugal using premium cork fabrics. An eco-friendly and sustainable material that is durable, ultra-lightweight, naturally anti-bacterial and waterproof.
Located in Dongguan, China, HZCORK’s mission is dedicated to developing environmentally friendly, healthy and safe cork fabrics with the goal of providing the highest quality cork bags. Cork raw materials are sourced internationally by Amorin Portugal, using the highest quality vegan, cruelty-free designer Portuguese cork leather produced in-house. Only natural inks and colors are used, and no harmful chemicals are used. Cork is also naturally antibacterial, as durable and easy to clean as leather.
HZCORK accepts OEM and ODM services for different styles of cork bags & cork wallets, producing satisfying designs for fashionable, start-up brands.
LaFlore Paris is a well-known cork bag brand based in the heart of the Marais district of Paris, founded by Elie Seroussi, a 30-year veteran of the fashion industry, and her daughter, designer Natacha Seroussi. Their mission is to show that chic, elegant and modern accessories can also be eco-friendly, vegan and sustainable.
The French vegan brand shot to fame with their Bobobark Kickstarter project, which ultimately raised millions of dollars! Made with natural cork leather, Bobobark is versatile. Designed to be three bags in one, it can go from a mini backpack to a shoulder bag or a crossbody to a clutch in seconds. bobobark is handmade from high quality eco-friendly materials and handcrafted by skilled artisans. Their unique design reflects classic French style combined with a modern feel and slightly retro proportions!
Corkor was created by Natália and Vítor, a couple based in Portugal, the world’s largest cork base.Growing up surrounded by cork oak trees, Natália and Vítor learned to love and respect them from an early age, and crafting with cork was a fond childhood memory.
Later, they wondered why cork wasn’t used more in vegan fashion.
Driven by their desire to create better vegan accessories, they decided to bring cork to the adult world.
Corkor is committed to having all of its cork leather certified. This certification ensures that our lifeblood cork oak forests are protected and fully harvested. Our cork is obtained by removing the outer layer of bark from the tree without cutting or damaging it. As the bark grows, the cork can be harvested time and time again.
eKodoKi is an eco-friendly bag and lifestyle brand co-founded by Dutch designer Marion Verbücken and French designer Bertrand Rigot. eKodoKi’s mission is to provide lasting alternatives to fast fashion and disposable culture as a response to climate change and the growing awareness of resource scarcity.
eKodoKi sees a renaissance in cork. Cork is very versatile and deserves a renewed appreciation. Today, many companies and researchers are on a journey to explore new materials that are environmentally friendly and vegan. Many materials are entering the market, such as bamboo textiles, Pinatex, and cactus leather. Some of these materials require chemicals to produce, so in trying to replace petroleum-based textiles, these materials are not always as good as powerful materials like cork. They are surprised to see companies making efforts to make new materials rather than simply using existing proven materials such as cork, a material that requires no chemicals to produce and is harvested from FSC certified forests without harming trees or animals.
With the current trend towards sustainable alternatives, cork will become increasingly popular. By ‘mixing the old with the new’, we can foresee new technologies, forms and structures emerging and translating into innovative applications and future beautification.”
Burggrafburggraf, a design studio founded in 2017 by sisters Elena and Nicola Burggraf, is a finalist for the 2020 Dezeen Award for Emerging Designer of the Year. The German-based bag and accessories design studio focuses on plant-based materials. The duo’s minimalist approach to bag design has resulted in a collection of sophisticated pieces that transcend the seasons.
Burggrafburggraf designed the minimalist maximizer, the Como, an elegant, lightweight backpack that won the German Design Gold Medal and features a crisp silhouette and clever strap detail that transfers to the front. The subdued and subtle design with refined details brings a high degree of recognizability. The vegan cork leather finish demonstrates the potential of plant-based materials as an alternative to leather.
Originally an ultra-cool brand that designed wooden watches, Jord brought the concept of sustainable and ultra-cool branding to the brand with all of their watches made from natural and sustainable wood. jord not only challenged the belief that vegan fashion can also be sustainable, but they took it a step further by making their own brand of cork leather. It is called Suberhide.
These unique JORD handbags are made from a unique blend of ultra-soft Portuguese cork and vegan leather. In addition, JORD handbags are made with highly durable YKK zippers that are stain and tear resistant. jord handbags will be shipped in a gift box with a signature dust bag. In addition, JORD handbags are backed by a 5-year warranty, guaranteeing quality.
VCharles is a Black Canadian owned boutique with one goal in mind: to make a positive impact on the environment and animals while offering quality, stylish and minimalist luxury vegan handbags and accessories.
VC’s collection is proudly designed in Canada and is 100% cruelty-free, eco-friendly and ethically made with sustainable materials.
“Be confident, be simple, be VCharles”. VC wants to inspire and empower people to live a more minimalist and sustainable lifestyle.
All VCharles bags are handmade with sustainable, premium cork vegan leather, always with the customer in mind, constantly innovating manufacturing processes, materials and business models to create new designs that are 100% eco-friendly. VC believes that bags and accessories should be designed and last a lifetime, which is why they focus on luxury vegan fabrics, premium hardware and timeless minimalist designs.
Founded by Helga Douglas to create beautiful, stylish, versatile pieces that are animal-friendly and sustainably produced, Svala is a line of luxury vegan handbags handcrafted from premium, innovative, animal-friendly and PVC-free fabrics such as luxurious Italian vegan leather, Pinatex® (made from pineapple leaf fibers), cork and recycled plastic bottles.
Svala products are manufactured in a factory in downtown Los Angeles, ensuring that workers are paid a fair wage and have comfortable working conditions.
Helga creates a collection of luxurious, vegan, handbags and accessories that are handcrafted in Los Angeles using premium, innovative European fabrics. In 2019, Svala was nominated for an Eluxe Award for Sustainable Luxury by Eluxe Magazine and awarded Vegan Brand of the Year in 2020.Svala is inspired by Helga’s love of animals and nature, her love of the relaxed, colorful feel of Sydney and Los Angeles, and the simplicity of Scandinavian design.
Ono creations is a company that takes the concept of “do no harm” seriously, a line of bags and accessories based in Switzerland. ono makes every product from eco-friendly materials such as cork and bamboo, and is made by ethical partners and skilled artisans.
One creations develops and uses a world-exclusive cork tencel fabric that combines a great tactile experience, the highest quality, durability and a fully sustainable approach in one fabric. ono has its own brand of handbags and accessories called ono creations – well-made, fully sustainable handbags that combine fashion and beauty with nature, vegetarianism and fair production.
The Whistler Tree is an Australian sustainable luxury accessories brand, named after the world’s largest and most productive cork oak tree, that designs handbags and wallets using only sustainable, vegan and eco-friendly materials. Founded in 2019 by a team with over 30 years of experience in the leather and luxury industries, Whistler Tree wanted to create items that were not only beautiful but also had a positive impact on the environment. They believe that fashion and accessories can be socially responsible and use renewable resources without compromising style, durability, or most importantly, protecting the planet. Their collection is 100% cruelty-free, eco-friendly and ethically sourced, made with the highest grade of sustainably sourced materials.
Whistler Tree takes a slow fashion approach, so they are careful to design pieces that won’t go out of style next year, taking into account construction during the design process to ensure items are durable and, where possible, built for versatility and functionality to give customers value for money. You can see their full range of products using our sustainably sourced vegan cork here: cork totes, backpacks, large totes, clutches, wallets and more.
As you can see, the cork fabric of the bags is unique. It is obtained from 100% plant-based materials and no heavy metals or compounds are used in its manufacturing process. Being a 100% natural product, it is almost impossible for two fabrics to be identical. They will always be a little different in color and design, so each cork bag is unique and unrepeatable because nature dictates the design and color.
Based on the many outstanding properties of cork, the cork can be made into cork fabrics, cork sports products, cork bags, etc., which are considered one of the best alternatives to leather.
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