Organic, Sustainable, Eco friendly, Vegan CORK Jewelry & Accessories Brand
Hi, welcome to my shop!
I’m Inês Lamy and the Owner and Designer behind Kortici.
Mother of 2 young boys, born in Lisbon, high degrees in International Languages and Master in Marketing & Sales, I soon developed the passion for jewelry making, even if not directly related to my degrees.
In 2015 Kortici brand had born in Paris, parallel to XTory, her other passion (Historical & Handmade Design Jewelry with Tiles Patterns) when I came to live due to a business project.
“Saudades” hit hard on my chest and soon I transformed this passion into a creative way to connect with other mindful people, being conscious of what’s happening in the world and having a strong will to change.
The attention to the detail and exquisite yet simple designs can be related to the Parisian and french touch of making art and design during centuries. All combined with the roughness and mastery of Portuguese cork transformation, tiles craft, architecture and history you can find an elegant, yet modern result on all Kortici pieces.
I use many mediums forms like obviously cork, but also nickel and lead free metals, all of them suitable to be worn daily, anti allergic and sustainable.
Soon I realized the potential of this material and it’s versatility. With the goal of designing unique pieces of jewelry and accessories, that are not made elsewhere and that care for the environment, staying true to local production within Europe.
Today I provides jewelry not only to retail customers, but also to gift shops all around the world.
Cork is an impermeable, buoyant material, a prime-subset of bark tissue that is harvested for commercial use primarily from Quercus suber (the Cork Oak), which is endemic to southwest Europe and northwest Africa.
It’s composed of suberin, a hydrophobic substance, and because of its impermeable, buoyant, elastic, and fire retardant properties, it is used in a variety of products, the most common of which is for wine stoppers.
The “montado” landscape of Portugal produces approximately 50% of cork harvested annually worldwide.
Cork was examined microscopically by Robert Hooke, which led to his discovery and naming of the cell.
There are about 2,200,000 hectares of cork forest world wide; 34% in Portugal and 27% in Spain. Annual production is about 200,000 tons; 49.6% from Portugal, 30.5% from Spain, 5.8% from Morocco, 4.9% from Algeria, 3.5% from Tunisia, 3.1% Italy, and 2.6% from France.
Once the trees are about 25 years old the cork is traditionally stripped from the trunks every nine years, with the first two harvests generally producing lower quality cork. The trees live for about 300 years.
The cork industry is generally regarded as environmentally friendly.
Cork production is generally considered sustainable because the cork tree is not cut down to obtain cork; only the bark is stripped to harvest the cork.
The tree continues to live and grow. The sustainability of production and the easy recycling of cork products and by-products are two of its most distinctive aspects. Cork Oak forests also prevent desertification and are a particular habitat in the Iberian Peninsula and the refuge of various endangered species.
The love for organic and natural way of living, allow Kortici pieces to be 100% original designed and made by hand for people who are looking for something REALLY different, unique yet affordable 🙂
You can find a completely sustainable shop, with eco friendly and vegan materials, not harmful for the skin or to the environment. Animal and forest cruelty free.
Thank you for reading and enjoy shopping 😀