CLIFF NYC, originally CLIFF BELTS, launched with just one style of Reversible Cork belts - all hand made from sustainably harvested cork tree bark. Since then we've created all sorts of accessories and integrated many more cool materials. As a vegan brand, we bring an urban style to a natural product, taking care to produce cruelty free, socially conscious, and well-crafted products. We don’t think you have to sacrifice good looks for good values, which is why we use fair trade and environmentally friendly materials in the construction of our products.
ABOUT CORK: Cork is the outer bark of the cork oak tree, which is harvested by hand without harming or killing the tree. Once the bark is removed, the cork regenerates and can be continually re-harvested throughout the tree's life, making cork a wonderfully renewable and sustainable material. Cruelty free and with a low carbon impact, cork is a naturally beautiful alternative to leather.
- Awesome, where does cork come from?
Most of our cork comes form Portugal, Italy, and Spain.
- Who is the biggest supplier of cork?
Portugal produces 60% of the world’s cork. (Kinda crazy)
- Is cork as expensive as leather?
Cork is actually more expensive than leather. It's a natural product and requires a lot of skill and craft to harvest!
- What happens when my belt gets wet?
Cork is naturally waterproof plus it's antimicrobial and antibacterial. ☺
- By taking the cork from the tree does it kill the tree?
Cork trees are harvested every 9-12 years and live out their natural lifecycle while producing cork.
- But aren't cork trees "endangered"?
Buying cork actually helps preserve the forests! IT IS NOT BAD TO USE CORK - the shortage of cork is not due to use of cork products or the trees being "endangered". That’s a stretch of the truth. What's actually happening is the cork forests are being cut down as wine companies move to cheaper alternatives and landowners can no longer afford to sell cork and maintain the forests. The more people who buy cork, the more the land can maintain itself and not be sold to developers or repurposed. Thus, buying cork makes keeping the trees possible!