What Are You (Really) Wearing? The Cork Breakdown


From wedges to wall décor, it seems cork is popping up everywhere this summer. And sure, it’s a given that this material works well as a wine stopper, but what makes it such a fashion favorite?

This neutral material is harvested from the bark of cork oak trees lining the forests of the Mediterranean. Once removed, the bark is boiled to give it the soft buoyancy that makes this season’s beloved (and incredibly lightweight) wedges so easy to walk in. The best part? Cork bark is completely sustainable and regenerates itself about every nine years post-harvest. Hello, guilt-free style.

By Jillian Hudon, Staff Writer

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