It all began in 2006 with the collaboration of two brothers – Josh and Larry. Jessica, president and product developer, and wife of Josh, says that their ultimate goal was to “create useful products out of an underutilized material – cork.” Thus was the start of the brand CoolCorC.
The two brothers first started with disposable cork cup sleeves, used for hot or cold beverages. They wanted to provide an alternative to traditional paper cup sleeves. Jessica was there, supporting them, helping at conventions and conferences, and educating attendees about the history and nature of cork.
Jessica officially joined the design team in 2009, “on a quest with my husband to make a reusable cork cup sleeve.” They had sourced samples of cork material in order to discover which would work best for their design. “I received the samples of cork fabric in 2009. With my background in knitting, crocheting, sewing, design, and architecture, my need to create was so overwhelming, I immediately started sketching,” says Jessica. Cork has many unseen advantages, and this team looked to capitalize on every single one. They fell in love with this underused material because of its “texture, suppleness, and durability.” “After a few prototypes and tests of my own I am confident in saying that our cork fabric is also water, stain and scratch resistant. It has a natural insulation, and is a biodegradable material, making the CoolCorC cup sleeve superior to all others currently on the market. It wears incredibly well and only gets softer with use and time. I love all of these qualities of cork fabric, and the fact that it is a natural material that is also durable, supple and works similar to leather, just makes me more excited to work with it.”
To read more about CoolCorC, flip to page 16 in Graffiti Beach’s Holiday 2012 Magazine:
You can shop from CoolCorC at Graffiti Beach located at 2220 Fern St., San Diego Ca or online at www.ShopGraffitiBeach.com
Article by Lara Tishler