Materials

We focus on premium, natural and sustainable materials and embrace radical transparency for you to know exactly what you’re paying for. Our raw materials are sourced in Europe and we pay special attention to their influence on our environment. We are searching for new innovative approaches and always dig deeper, in order to create the best possible product. Handcrafting and subtle color variations make each product an utterly unique piece.

Cork

Cork is a very genuine, natural material which has been providing solutions for more than 4.500 years. We source our cork from the Alentejo area in the south of Portugal where the harvest is a long traditional handcraft. Hand in hand with our supplier we never stop searching for better and cleaner solutions.

Cork is the outer bark of the cork oak tree, after extracting the cork a new layer starts generating and 9 years have to pass until a new harvest can take place. That is made by highly skilled workers without harming the tree, which is never cut down or removed. The cork oak tree has also a remarkable capacity to retain carbon, that makes cork a naturally sustainable product and a 100% renewable resource.

Cork fabric is made by adhering thin layers of cork to various backings (the most common being a cotton/polyester blend) and being coated with a protective product. The backing weight and type depends on the end use for the cork. We work with natural patterns but it’s also possible to colour the cork fabrics, creating a wide range of combinations.

By nature cork has many qualities, which other materials only acquire through complex processing. It is water-resistant, hypoallergenic, recyclable and exceptionally easy to maintain.
A damp cloth, and a little liquid soap is all you need to keep it looking great. Wipe off any excess soap and allow to dry naturally. Cork is a natural product and therefore it responds to its environment. Sometimes it is darkening with prolonged use and skin contact.

For more information about cork and environment, biodiversity or CO2 fixing as well as many other information, click  HERE

Salmon Leather

Our fish leather is an enduring, earth-friendly resource that is produced from organically farmed salmon skin, which is a natural by-product of the salmon industry. Our fish leather is produced in a chrome-free, environmentally friendly process inspired by centuries old traditions and techniques.
Our leather is water-repellent, biodegradable and exceptionally easy to maintain. A dry cloth or a soft brush is all you need to keep it looking great. Fish skin is a natural product and therefore responds to its environment; sometimes darkening with prolonged use and skin contact.

Piñatex

Piñatex is a natural, innovative and patented new material made from pineapple leaf fibres gathered by partner farming cooperatives in the Philippines. Piñatex fibres are the by-product of the pineapple harvest and provides new additional income for farmers. No extra land, water, fertilizer or pesticides are required to produce them. No pineapple is harmed in the making of Piñatex.
Piñatex is strong, breathable, soft, light, flexible, water resistant and absolutely easy to mainefore. Piñatex is easy to clean by hand with a damp cloth. In order to protect the products from being stained, a water and stain repellent suitable for leather can be applied before use.

Leather

Our vegetable tanned cow leather has natural characteristics and features other than industrially tanned leather from mass production. Ecopell (from the Allgäu) is against harmful chemicals which would make the natural aspect disappear. For this reason,  we are proud that the high quality of our leather is demonstrated by the natural surface with its individual characteristics. The unsealed surface is breathable, feels warm and supple. Each skin is so unique, without any chemical additives.
The leather is easy to maintain. Too much care is more harmful to the products than of benefit. The removal of dust with a damp cloth is  usually sufficient. Due to the open leather pores, which make the leather breathable and bring the pleasant touch, however, moisture and damp  dirt can also penetrate more easily. Stains can only be prevented by careful handling, they can not be removed again after their formation.

Lining

Recycled polyester, which requires fewer processing stages, consumes less energy during the production process, resulting in a considerable reduction in carbon emissions compared with virgin polyester. NewlifeTM uses a mechanical process to transform bottles (recovered from waste recycling bins in northern Italy) into a polymer, without the use of chemicals which could be harmful for the environment. Dyeing the polymer already in the spinning stage avoids wasting water. The production process is 100% made in Italy and 100% traceable.