MARISHAH ACCESSORIES AND DECO
Marishah - Accessories and Deco is a sustainable fashion and lifestyle brand that develops trendy and innovative products inspired by cork. In a world increasingly sensitive to the preservation of the planet and the environment, Marishah's values sustainability: the regular cork extraction contributes to cork oaks regenerating naturally.
Marishah's collections include bags, hats, tech accessories, home accessories and jewellery, transforming the traditional cork look in sophisticated and contemporary objects.
Our accessories are delicately hand crafted with high quality and attention to detail. Each piece is a unique item, that represents the brand values.
Our customers look for products with characteristics that distinguish them from others, as an alternative to traditional leather - innovation, design, quality and sustainability. Above all, we strive to offer a different experience when purchasing a Marishah product.
Each piece is a unique item and can therefore undergo chromatic variations. As in nature, no two pieces are exactly alike.
Cork is a natural, ecological and recyclable material. In a world increasingly sensitive to the preservation of the planet, Marishah is an environmentally friendly choice: the harvesting of cork oak tree, every 9 years, allows it to prosper in a worldwide unique ecosystem.
Marishah comes a long way.
It started in 2007 in the Algarve, Portugal, as an Indian Fair Trade arts and crafts shop, but in 2011, due to the economical crash, had to close doors.
In 2016 after some ups and downs reopens with a new concept, this time in a different city and country - Edinburgh - Scotland.
Marishah - Accessories and Deco has two permanent stands at the SDX.
What is the SDX?
The Scottish Design Exchange (SDX) is a Community Interest Company with two not-for-profit shops in Edinburgh and Glasgow to support more than 150 Scotland-based artists and designers.
The original idea in the summer of 2015 was to start a concept store to show how this collaborative model could work, and in the first six months, it proved an enormous success.
SDX not only allows emerging and independent makers to profit in a retail environment, but also benefits the public who can invest in locally made, quality products in the knowledge that their money is going to the right place.
CORK THE NEW LEATHER
A miracle from mother nature
Cork is 100% Natural.
What is cork?
It’s the bark of the amazing cork oak tree. That’s “just” what cork is: a 100% organic and totally Eco-friendly raw material that we use to make bags, wallets, jewellery, and other products. Sometimes we think it’s a small miracle from nature. The rest of the time we’re sure of it.
Cork is a sustainable material.
No tree is cut down or damaged to get cork. Each cork oak tree lives on average between 150 and 300 years and the cork harvest is done in nine-year cycles. If you do the maths, each cork oak tree supplies cork over 50 times. In other words, cork is a renewable raw material. Grandparents, parents, children, grandchildren… How many generations live through 150 years?
Light as a feather.
So light it actually floats. Over 50% of cork’s volume is made of air. Yes, air. Cork weighs only 0.16g per cubic centimetre. If your bag looks more like Sport Billy’s bag (remember him?), the last thing you want is that it’s heavy even when it’s empty. With cork that’s not an issue, its light as a feather.
Cork is elastic and resistant.
A bag made with a raw material that has 50% of its volume made of air? We understand the scepticism but the truth is that cork is a unique raw material. Cork can handle great pressure without breaking, by simply stretching and coming back to its original shape when the pressure disappears. This is called elastic memory. The resistance of the material results from that compressibility and elasticity – it is the only solid material which can be compressed on one side while maintaining its original format on the other.
Cork is resistant to moisture and impermeable.
The walls of cork cells are covered in suberin and ceroids, making cork practically impermeable to liquids and gases. In addition, its great resistance to moisture avoids oxidation and decay, allowing it to age without deteriorating. Just because it’s a natural product don’t think that your bag is going to wear out quicker, on the contrary it wall last and last.
Cork is extremely smooth.
There’s not much to say about this property. If you have had a piece of cork on your hand, you know exactly what we’re talking about and this is one of the most exciting things of this incredible material. Touching a cork product is a pleasure for your sense of touch.
Cork is resistant to fire.
Cork is a natural fire retardant. Additionally, it doesn’t produce toxic gases during combustion.
Cork is comfortable and hypoallergenic.
The microscopic gas pads that form its cells make cork an extremely comfortable material. Cork also has a unique ability to absorb impact and relieve pressure over joints and spine. But there’s more: the natural temperature of cork is very similar to that of the human body, thus contributing to increasing the sense of comfort. Cork is also almost odourless and products that use cork don’t acquire unpleasant smells. Finally, cork does not absorb dust and helps to prevent allergies.
Cork is easy to clean.
Due to its impermeability, cork products are very easy to clean. All it takes is a damp cloth and a pH-neutral detergent, such as soap, to get the job done. The quality and beauty of cork is ensured regardless of the number of times the product is washed. And we know too well that this is not the case with every material.
Are you amazed?
We thought you would be. Is it time to purchase your first Cork bag or perhaps a wallet, some jewellery? This unique material is so perfect that until today no industrial or technological process has been able to replicate it.
Think Green - Choose Cork
Due to its own characteristics, each piece of cork is different from one other. Although, we can personalise any item in a different cork colour, pattern, create a piece idealised by you. Contact us and let us know what you wish and together we will make magic.
"When I look at a piece of cork I see life in it. I see the all nature around the tree, I see the lince climbing it, I smell the land and I see an universe of possibilities. To have a piece made of cork is to be sure that I am part of this beautiful plan of Mother Nature called Earth."