We hit Lisbon as the first point, to start a journey for the country where I was born, and left at a very young age. I took my kids and husband to reconcile with my roots, during our last summer.
As we were getting deeper, the city showed its historical heritage in all architecture and decoration styles. A very notable influence from Muslim culture left marks behind. Mosaics and tiles capture my attention, to incorporate the idea in new projects.
The whole trip took a month and we visited all these cities: Lisbon, Sintra, Fatima, Leiria, Coimbra, Aveiro, Porto, Braga, Viana do Castelo, Guimaraes, Viseu, Guarda, Castelo Branco, Evora, Alentejo, Setubal, and Madeira.
More to discover each day, when finally cork came into my hands, and I said this is going to be in our next project. Cork is one of the biggest export industries in Portugal, and you can find it not only in almost any kind of souvenir but also in wine, construction, fashion, including space.
The best part is yet to come, cork is a sustainable material, the trees Don’t suffer during the harvest, that occurs every nine years. It is an incredible vegan product with users in many fashion articles.
Now that we have spring closer we decided to dedicate this collection to the Portuguese cork, and tiles, in harmony with seashells and the blue ocean from Pantone 2020 as the perfect background.
We hope you love it as much as we do!
Andy and Rachel