UNMOIST RAINCOAT

PRACTICAL, LIGHTWEIGHT, AND LUXURIOUS RAINCOAT MADE WITH CORK

The project

The idea is to design a practical, lightweight, and luxurious raincoat substituting PVC for a natural material: cork fabric.  The design will be minimalist and modern, and the raincoats will possess much sought-after qualities such as being breathable, sustainable and soft, yet waterproof. The project will use the traditional knowledge existent in Portugal of the cork industry to preserve a heritage. The cork tree is well known for its inherent purification properties, which will have a beneficial impact on the local environment.

Homs Arthaus Dias Mendes (Germany)

HOMS ARTHAUS independent fashion label based in Berlin. The approach to fashion is artistic, with innovative products and a new creation of a menswear universe. Founded in 2016, the label created the first collection of digital printed jumpsuits for men. Since then the label has been present at, Pitti Uomo, St. Andrews Charity Fashion Show and at Pop-Ups around Europe. 

Portugalia (Portugal)

PORTUGALIACORK Portuguese cork supplier and fashion accessory manufacturer and retailer. Portugalia Cork’s team is a group of people with a depth of skills and knowledge of cork material and the cork industry. 

STORYTELLING

THE IDEA:

After reading about cork forests that are a vast area in Portugal also known as the Montado, I began thinking how interesting the extraction of the cork was. It is such a beautiful practice that actually does not harm the trees, and because it’s extracted without killing the tree, the Montado preserves the forests and its animals. The oak of cork trees works as a CO2 retainer. Every year cork oak forests retain 14 million tons of CO2. I was fascinated and completely in love by the idea of creating something wearable made with cork. The idea inspired me to research about everything that was connected to the entire
process and the entire cork market. After that, I discovered that cork could be used as a perfect plastic replacement for the fashion industry. It made a lot of sense to create something wearable. I was very inspired to connect the European traditional extraction, the sustainability of the cork and the demand for new greener materials.

THE BIRTH OF THE PROJECT:

My project was born to be the sustainable solution for outwear clothing, mainly replacing PVC based clothing, by creating a waterproof fabric made from only natural materials. Also,
the cork industry has faced major challenges, because of the introduction of the plastic wine stoppers, and finding new applications for cork is helping the livelihoods of cork harvesting,
and the ecosystem which the Montado sustains.
The biggest challenge is to share the project using the right channels to large scale brands and make partnerships with them, so more designs in cork will be made.

THE CREATIVE PROCESS:

I felt that the best idea was to go to Portugal and find oak cork forests and areas in which they are extracted. I needed to understand and feel the natural touch of the oak before the
extraction, and see the surroundings that those trees were growing in. But when I started the project, I did not know how I could develop the entire idea. I needed to understand a lot
of technical things which I did not have a background in, but thankfully my partners helped me a lot, and now I understand and find sustainable solutions by reading about different materials and different methods.

THE COLLABORATION:

There is a huge advantage about doing partnerships, and me and my team felt lucky to partner with companies that had a very different background than us. I felt we embraced each other’s ideas and we developed better solutions as a group. At the end, our collaboration resulted in an amazing creation between all partners.

THE FUTURE:

As the research phase has come to an end, and we are left with a commercial product, step by step, we have begun to contact big brands, and we will be exhibiting our fabric at textile fairs in Europe.

THE MESSAGE:

Many minds combined, have an increased chance of creating something extraordinary.

PARTNERSHIP PROJECTS

eMonsters

eMonsters

Tagenea

Tagenea

Seamless

Seamless

Common Sands 2.0

Common Sands 2.0

Maretech

Maretech

Minois

Minois

STEM a garment production brand

STEM a garment production brand

Storytelling Garment Project

Storytelling Garment Project

Mapu Preto

Mapu Preto

Minta

Minta

NO/thing – from nothing to everything

NO/thing – from nothing to everything

Modifiable Vegan Bag Collection

Modifiable Vegan Bag Collection

In the Circle

In the Circle

Clotho

Clotho

Make Your Bed

Make Your Bed

Vibro-Tactile Textiles

Vibro-Tactile Textiles

LÈBIU – let’s CORK it

LÈBIU – let’s CORK it

WeAr Design

WeAr Design

Fresko

Fresko

ALMA

ALMA

Bubble Façade

Bubble Façade

Crossing Parallels

Crossing Parallels

EnaOna

EnaOna

Sense of nature

Sense of nature

Rethinking the Bra

Rethinking the Bra

Manual bag

Manual bag

Nova Underwear

Nova Underwear

Sensing Color

Sensing Color

Dimmenso

Dimmenso

Beaggie

Beaggie

Soft touch of industrial waste

Soft touch of industrial waste

Time of your Light

Time of your Light

H|H

H|H

Vibrant-barrier-free glassware collection

Vibrant-barrier-free glassware collection

Edge Chair

Edge Chair

Marbled Salts

Marbled Salts

Moseanic

Moseanic

Kombucha Tsugi: Bag Collection

Kombucha Tsugi: Bag Collection

LiLO

LiLO

The Eastern Side of Riviera

The Eastern Side of Riviera

Future Wardrobe

Future Wardrobe

Ventri

Ventri

Bi-Circular Urban-Outdoor Fabric

Bi-Circular Urban-Outdoor Fabric

Step Smart

Step Smart

Re-Print Ceramics

Re-Print Ceramics

Vivid

Vivid

A Phyne Bomber Jacket

A Phyne Bomber Jacket

Burning For

Burning For

Circular workwear collection

Circular workwear collection

Jute Wool

Jute Wool

Tista

Tista

W03_109

W03_109

Velluto

Velluto

New Matters

New Matters

Reminder Bracelet

Reminder Bracelet

Agogic – Be prepared for more

Agogic – Be prepared for more

Smartcoat

Smartcoat

Mocha Split

Mocha Split

Reframd

Reframd

Zerobarracento

Zerobarracento

ALLCA Disruptive Rugs

ALLCA Disruptive Rugs

Wearable Play

Wearable Play

Wear-Abouts Baltic Sea

Wear-Abouts Baltic Sea

Gelatex x NO/AN

Gelatex x NO/AN

Luxury Bag Collection

Luxury Bag Collection

Amalgama

Amalgama

TTorch

TTorch

From the ground

From the ground

Ultra

Ultra

Capsule coat project

Capsule coat project

Mayya x WORTH

Mayya x WORTH

The Space Between

The Space Between

Rustic Wool Robotuft

Rustic Wool Robotuft

Cartiera & SwIdeas present: Change!

Cartiera & SwIdeas present: Change!

Fish_Fish

Fish_Fish

Common Sands

Common Sands

UCQC Inclusive

UCQC Inclusive

Gabriella Veszpremi X Inpelsa

Gabriella Veszpremi X Inpelsa

Mowo

Mowo

i-Morfé

i-Morfé

Iguaneye

Iguaneye

Ruumy

Ruumy

Fugazi Fugazi

Fugazi Fugazi

Serisole

Serisole

Hi-Lamp

Hi-Lamp

The Hemp Chair

The Hemp Chair

Senss

Senss

Walkytalkies

Walkytalkies

Sole sustainability

Sole sustainability

A Warm, Light, Luxurious, Sustainable Cloak

A Warm, Light, Luxurious, Sustainable Cloak

The “Bib” chair

The “Bib” chair

Materia Bruta

Materia Bruta

3D knitwear on demand

3D knitwear on demand

Lit Lace Interface

Lit Lace Interface

iluTex

iluTex

Sukka 

Sukka 

PineSkins Soft Wall Tiles

PineSkins Soft Wall Tiles

Unmoist Raincoat

Unmoist Raincoat

IOT Jacket & Robot

IOT Jacket & Robot

Stars Collection

Stars Collection

Words that shimmer

Words that shimmer

Persona

Persona

NO1R

NO1R

Identity 560

Identity 560

Øjenfryd

Øjenfryd

The Ghost Bag

The Ghost Bag

Diluci bags

Diluci bags

M2M furniture (Made 2 Measure Furniture)

M2M furniture (Made 2 Measure Furniture)

Myhand Prosthetic Socket

Myhand Prosthetic Socket

Oceanwear

Oceanwear

t-Studio – 3D fashion design network

t-Studio – 3D fashion design network

Curve

Curve

Baltabalta Multifunctional Textiles

Baltabalta Multifunctional Textiles

Fashion Designing for an Inclusive World

Fashion Designing for an Inclusive World

‘Parameter’ Table

‘Parameter’ Table

Occay

Occay

Make and Create

Make and Create

ERGOVI – healthy multiposture chair

ERGOVI – healthy multiposture chair

PreemieCme

PreemieCme

Second Life Bag

Second Life Bag

Clayer

Clayer

Lulu V2

Lulu V2

Fishskinlab

Fishskinlab

Dynaback

Dynaback

Esther Hates PVC

Esther Hates PVC

Gardin

Gardin

Foldable High Heels

Foldable High Heels

Sustainable Acoustic Panels

Sustainable Acoustic Panels

Edbora Collection

Edbora Collection

Smart Heated Vest

Smart Heated Vest

ACDL Artisan Chausseur Design Lab

ACDL Artisan Chausseur Design Lab

Smart Life Jacket In Watersport

Smart Life Jacket In Watersport

Fragments Garments

Fragments Garments

Hollow: A Lie Story

Hollow: A Lie Story

FWN: Family Wear Nature

FWN: Family Wear Nature

Himaero “The Emotional Jewel”

Himaero “The Emotional Jewel”

Spellbound

Spellbound

Wear Pure

Wear Pure

Connextyle

Connextyle

Unlimited in 1

Unlimited in 1

Paramatrix

Paramatrix

Feel More Knitwear

Feel More Knitwear

Skarabeos 2

Skarabeos 2

Twill

Twill

Fashionable Wearable Camera Accessory

Fashionable Wearable Camera Accessory

‘Margarete’ – Cork Task Chair

‘Margarete’ – Cork Task Chair