Pelcor is a Portuguese brand that produces fashion accessories made of a unique material: cork skin. Pelcor accessories are sustainable, contributing to the renewal of the Portuguese cork oak forests.
Pelcor pieces focus on design and innovation, combining this singular material to be carefully manufactured in local factories, and using eco-friendly materials. The special features of cork skin allow the creation of delicate, sophisticated, and environmentally friendly pieces. Like everything in nature, no two Pelcor pieces are exactly alike.
"Like everything in Nature, no two Pelcor
pieces are exactly alike"
Every Pelcor products are the result of a nine year process that begins in the cork forest. Imagine: The warm sun in the meadow. Cold and crisp mornings. Birds that come and go. Numbers registering the time to come.. Generations of knowledge, interpreted by old hands that love and care. A scent that permeates our memory and serves as inspiration.
Pelcor, combines contemporary design with excellent craftsmanship. Translated into simple shapes from natural materials such as cork and leather, the collection is appropriate for work, special occasions, and in more relaxed casual settings. The different textures of cork skin bring a touch of elegance and individuality to each accessory.
Cork the essence of every Pelcor peice, is a vegetal fabric extracted from the cork oak tree that thrives in the Mediterranean.
A symbol of renewal and longevity, the cork oak has a lifetime of 250-350 years and is the only tree whose bark regenerates itself after each harvest. It takes 20 to 25 years before the first cork can be removed from a cork oak. After the first extraction, cork can be harvested every nine years. An adult cork oak produces several hundred pounds at each harvesting and will live for many generations. It survives and prospers as part of a unique worldwide ecosystem: the cork oak meadow.
After the tiradia (process of harvesting), the cork is left to dry in the meadow. Raw planks of cork are then boiled, making them more elastic and easier to flatten, after which they are sorted by thickness and quality.
Only the finest quality of cork is selected for manufacturing into Pelcor accessories.
Characterized by an elusive scent of dry wood and a smooth texture, Pelcor cork skin is extremely lightweight, waterproof, flexible, resistant, insulating and environmentally friendly.
In 2003, the factory that had produced cChampagne corks for the finest vintners in Europe for over 30 years was presented with a revolutionary
Sandra Correia, granddaughter of the factory’s founder, saw the opportunity for a new line of products utilizing using the same sustainable material that is harvested from Portugal’s cork oak trees every nine years. She knew that a line of beautiful fashion accessories with the smooth, leather-like texture could have an important place within the cork industry.
Sandra exhibited her first product, the cork umbrella, in 2003 at an international trade show, and the exuberant response resulted in the launching of Pelcor (Portuguese abbreviation for “cork skin”). Today, the brand offers a range of innovative, chic items for any occasion, marrying compelling stylish designs with creativity.
It didn’t take long for Pelcor to become one of Portugal’s most recognized brands.s—one enlisted again and again to represent its country. The company is expanding It is boosting its presence in the U.S. and China by strengthening sales and marketing efforts with an eye toward opening its own boutiques in key markets.
As it grows, Pelcor will continue to show how chic and luxuriousclean, sophisticated, and an eco-friendly accessories line can be.
2016 Pelcor celebrated the opening of its first location in China in a partnership with ICORKS China. Pelcor is located in Shanghai, in the LOL Concept Shop at K11 Art Mall.
2015 “Best International Business Woman” by WPO (Women’s President Organization) in the United States.
2014 The American Chamber of Commerce presented Pelcor with the prestigious AmCham Tribute award for striving to build closer ties between Portugal and the U.S.A.
2013 Sandra was selected to take part in the summit organized by President Obama entitled The New Beginning: Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation. The President met with outstanding entrepreneurs to promote mutual understanding and global diplomacy, with the objective to find economic solutions to the world’s social problems.
2012 The Portugal Fashion Awards nominated Pelcor’s Lisbon flagship for Best Design Store.
2011 the founder, Sandra Correia, was named “Best Entrepreneur of Europe,” awarded by the European Parliament and European Council of Women Entrepreneurs, recognizing her role in reinventing Portugal’s traditionally conservative cork products sector.
2010 For the NATO summit in Lisbon, Pelcor was contracted to create merchandise for international luminaries such as President Barack Obama, former Secretary of StateHillary Clinton and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.