Discover Arelusa a brand that manifests its passion for the cork with its range of lifestyle products.
It was the passion for cork that led to the creation of Artelusa, a manufacturer of handmade fashion products, office supplies and decorative items from high quality Portuguese cork, a raw material, 100% natural, recyclable, biodegradable and durable. Artelusa is an exclusive brand of ITALTEMPO, a company founded in 1998, dedicated to research, production and marketing of gift merchandising items for museums and high profile corporate clients.
When the nobility of Artelusa’s corks are combined with their talented designers and artisans’ creativity and expertise it culminates into amazing pieces and irresistible objects enticing customers worldwide. All their products have inherent variations in tones and textures that are intentional making each piece truly unique and exclusive.
- Hats and umbrellas
- Office/home items
- Shopping bags
- Travel items
- Other cork fashion
- Untreated cork
THE PORTUGAL CORK
Portugal is among the 7 largest cork producers with 736 thousand hectares of mounted area of cork oak, a large dark green patch spreading over a vast part of the map. Beyond the river Tagus, the Mediterranean cork oak, Quercus Suber, is sovereign providing Portugal with almost 190 thousand tons of harvested cork, roughly 50% of the world’s production.
The cork oak is a tree that has to be nurtured and cherished by successive generations. Its productive life begins only after 25 years, when the tree attains a girth of 70 cm and the nine-year cycle of growth and harvest can be initiated to last for 150 years.
The passion for details is in Artelusa’s nature. All their products are designed and handcrafted with love and care using 100% natural cork, showing that nature is so fashionable. Artelusa produces unique pieces with great creativity and excellence.
The way Artelusa works ranges from the highly sophisticated paper cork, through soft and pliable sheet of wallets and hats, to the virgin cork, handmade in unique pieces where one can still find the rough shape of the bark of cork oak.
A GIFT FROM NATURE
Arelusa believes that the cork is a gift of nature and thereby their passion for this cork and their love for nature drives them to work within the boundaries of nature’s harmony and preservation.
In a society that wants to be more environmentally friendly and forward thinking, cork is the only material 100% natural, sustainable and recyclable, with a wealth of uses and properties, that no technology has been able to replicate to this day.
Cork production does not destroy the trees.After harvesting, the cork oak undergoes a self-regeneration process unseen in any other forest species.
Low environmental impact, energy efficiency, quality, durability and reusability, are a range of advantages which justifies this choice of architects, designers and decorators worldwide.
Artelusa has been awarded the ‘PETA – Approved Vegan’ Seal which certifies that the vast majority of their products are 100% vegan!
Learn more about Artelusa here _ https://artelusa.pt/