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Cork isn’t just cork stoppers. It’s much more than that. If it is used to dress the trunk of a cork oak, why can’t it be used to dress men and women? It came into fashion and has never gone out of fashion. The characteristics of this 100% natural and environmentally friendly product did not go unnoticed among renowned national and international designers who shape this material to the whim of their imagination. The fashion world has become accustomed to seeing cork on the catwalks. And it is here to stay.

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The designer Klára Plásková, of the Czech Republic, uses cork in her collections. A skirt, a jacket and a bracelet made of cork form part of the portfolio of this designer who has won several international awards.

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Lena Hasibether, German award-wining designer discovered the potential of cork and told the world that she would use this materials in clothing and accessories. That's what she did and fashion won another heavyweight ally.

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The Canadian Michelle Lowe Holder created her own brand in 2001 and her collections are inspired on sustainable concepts. There are items of the Elisabeth Collection Cuff that use cork as the raw material, especially necklaces. Once again, this 100% natural material is part of a luxury fashion production.

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The students of Escola Superior de Artes e Design in Matosinhos were challenged to create cork jewellery The results were shown in the exhibition "2nd Skin – Cork Jewellery” which was displayed at various locations, including the municipal library of Santa Maria da Feira. Several jewels were incorporated in a flexible material open to any aesthetic trend.

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The Portuguese brand Rutz has footwear and cork, and its shoes are in fashion. Footwear and cork, the strong symbols of the national economy, are together and generating success in foreign markets. The brand reinvents cork in urban footwear collections that are sexy, young and sophisticated. A raw material that symbolises comfort and brings together tradition and modernity.

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The German Birkenstock Sandals stand out in the market due to the cork soles created by the shoemaker Konrad Birkenstock at the end of the 19th century.

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The bracelet providing entry to the 18th Edition of the Medieval Journey in the land of Santa Maria, Santa Maria da Feira, in 2014, was made of cork. Cork from industry of the Santa Maria da Feira municipality. The bracelet made with the noble material of this region had a custom security clasp with the cross of the Pereira engraved on both sides.

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American designer Todd Bracher quickly realized that cork had a lot to give. He confessed that it was a different material from everything he had known before and he made a jacket out of the bark of the cork oak.

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The renowned South African designer Suzaan Heyns presented a complete collection of clothing, accessories and footwear in March 2013, made from cork. “Doors of Perception" was the name of the show by the designer to show that cork is not a rigid material.

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The actress Jena Malone, who was Johanna Mason in the Hunger Games II film appeared in an outfit with cork applications. The designer Alexander McQueen was one of those responsible for the film's wardrobe which was exhibited in Portugal.

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Designers also use cork

  • Christian Dior | Bags and accessories
  • Stella McCartney | Catenina Sandals
  • Christian Louboutin | Sandals
  • Dolce & Gabbana | Shoes
  • Luís Buchinho | Butterfly Bag
  • Ruthie Davis | footwear
  • Yves Saint Laurent | footwear
  • Rupert Sanderson | footwear
  • Jimmy Choo | footwear
  • Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci | footwear
  • Fendi | footwear
  • Prada | footwear
  • Miu Miu | footwear
  • Donna Karan | footwear
  • Giuseppe Zanotti | footwear
  • Chloé | footwear
  • Jasper Morrison | footwear As Portuguesas | flip flops
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