A Lin&a bag is for life, and it’ll claim a spot among all the other brands without a doubt. It’s like the ecological extension of its owner.

About cork and… cork leather design

15 December 2016

Cork’s ecological advantages and unique characteristics have made it a much sought-after material for the fashion and design industry, as cork leather products are conscious, sustainable choices. Younger generations tend to appreciate the natural and artisanal harvesting and processing even more, as they increasingly realise the importance of nature protection and life in a healthy environment.

Cork is produced by cork oak trees in the countries around the Mediterranean. While the beautiful Italian island of Sardinia takes up the largest part of the country’s cork production, which amounts to 7% of the world’s total harvest, no less than 51% of all cork in the world comes from Portugal. Once they reach the age of 25, 1/8 of their total 200-year expected lifespan, cork oaks are stripped of their bark every 9 years, so it lasts 9 years before it will reach the same thickness.

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Perhaps cork is less obvious as a material for the fashion industry. Though this is quite undeserved, because apart from the fact that as a natural material, it’s always unique, it’s also very light, flexible, almost airtight, water resistant and does not charge with static electricity. The cork production for our bags, belts and mobile phone covers is done in the traditional way too.

The reason why we mainly look to Sardinia for our cork and cork leather items is down to more than quality alone, because Italians have always been known for coming up with innovative designs. This’ll not only become evident once you explore our webshop, but also as soon as you touch one of our lovely bags or other items.