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5 Reasons To Try Cork Leather

What comes to mind when you hear ‘cork’? A bottle of bubbly?🍾  A cork board to pin notices?📌  Maybe a city in Ireland?🍀 How about an exquisite cork bag or accessory? Wait, what? A bag made from a tree? Well, yes, kind of. Let me introduce you to cork fabric, or cork leather as it is also known, one of the best vegan and eco-friendly leather alternatives out there. 

I’ve been working with cork fabric for over a year now and I think that this natural material is truly amazing.  And even if you are not following a vegan lifestyle here are my top 5 reasons why you should give it a go and I am sure you will fall in love with cork. 

1. It Looks Beautiful

One of the things we love most about cork is it's beautiful pattern. It is unique from piece to piece, just like a fingerprint. It is most prominent on natural uncoloured cork of course, but dyed pieces also have the same beautiful texture.

 2. It Feels Nice

Cork fabric is amazingly soft to touch and feels very smooth.

3. It’s Eco-Friendly

Cork leather is made from cork shavings taken from the bark of the cork oak tree. When the bark is harvested a new layer grows back. With harvesting occurring once every nine years each cork oak tree is given the time it needs to replenish the outer layers ready for the next harvest.

4. It’s Very Durable

Yes it looks and feels awesome, has great eco friendliness credentials, but will it last? This is the question we are asked most often. And the answer is yes, cork fabric is exceptionally durable. Just like leather it will change and wear with age but will do so with style. 

5. It’s Something Different

We bet not many of your friends are rocking cork purses or earrings just yet. And with its unique look you will be a proud owner of one of a kind piece.

At tsom we love cork leather and use it as our leading material.
Our pieces are created to be functional, beautiful and problem solving.
We believe in slow consumption, natural beauty and good design.