If I say ‘cork bag’, what image pops into your mind? Chances are, a vague image of a strange-looking accessory with a rough texture reminiscent of wine corks. I won’t blame you for conjuring up this mental picture – I had a rather limited view of cork accessories before meeting lovely French designer Pantxika Ospital and learning more about her cork creations.
London-based Pantxika runs Jentil Bags, a brand with a mission – make cork chic. Why? Because it’s a lightweight, resistant, adaptable and sustainable material that’s part of a wave of innovative fabrics that will contribute to making leather a thing of the past. Ethically crafted in Portugal, Jentil bags give a new meaning to the term ‘unique’ – as the material is 100% natural and plant-based, each accessory has its own pattern, with subtle differences that lend it a look of its very own.
The Vegan Society- and Ethical Fashion Forum-approved collection features larger designs such as roomy weekender bags, spacious backpacks for men (although we wouldn’t put it past the ladies to wear them) and striking bucket bags, plus smaller shoulder bags, laptop bags that easily double as clutches and slender makeup pouches. Each bag comes in three colours: natural cork, a soft taupe and black (some of the black bags feature recycled cork handles in a startlingly leather-like material).
I have to say I was very impressed by Pantxika and her versatile and utterly wearable collection. My favourite detail was the print of the lining – a quirky detail that adds to the refined allure of this truly one-of-a-kind assortment of everyday accessories.
Back Jentil Bags on Kickstarter today – only 8 days left! – to show your support for compassionate style that is kind to the planet, people and animals, plus will make a standout statement in your wardrobe.