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.
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.
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.
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.
3DCork, a company of Paços de Brandão, knows how to exploit new market niches. Cork is a good imagination conductor and innovations have emerged. This is the case of a special insole made of cork with obese people and those who walk long distances, such as postmen or climbers, in mind.
The Portuguesa fashion designer Mónica Gonçalves fell in love with cork and that's where the story begins. She took its measurements, realized its potential, explored its characteristics, and discovers that this 100% natural material could be transformed into yarn. She then created the cork knit she uses to make dresses, coats, blouses, vests, scarves, and berets.