Collaborating with Zwende has been exciting right from the beginning. The energy and passion of the team, coupled with a truly unique concept of offering online customization in just a few clicks, made us certain that we want to be a part of their journey!
We can't wait to see where this leads us, together. :)
Beautifully handcrafted designs created out of cork and a story that will give you the true essence of ethical fashion, Arture’s designs are organic, 100% vegan and totally in sync with the latest trends and styles. Arture uses cork fabrics to make premium vegan accessories and firmly believes that “Fashion doesn’t need to come at the price of a life.”
Keshsa Vasant and Shivani Patel are old friends who each had dreams of creating a name for their own—Shivani, in the fashion industry and Keshsa, in the world of business. They put their heads together and Arture was born in 2015! Their love for nature is obvious in their constant endeavor towards ‘clean fashion’.
Shivani and Keshsa strongly believe in minimalism, functionality and sustainability. Utmost care is taken in procuring their materials to ensure that least harm is done to the environment. The lifestyle of customers is a key consideration while making any of their designs.
The cork material comes from the bark of the cork oak trees. These trees grown majorly in the Mediterranean region of Europe - Portugal, Spain, Italy, France. For centuries, cork cultivation has been a family heritage in these regions. The harvesting process ensures that no tree is ever harmed. The cultivators strip the bark of the trees, allowing them to regenerate over the next nine years. Harvested cork trees absorb 3-5 times more CO2 than non-harvested trees, meaning the cork trees in Portugal alone help offset 10 million tons of carbon each year
The harvested bark is finely sliced into thin sheets and mounted on a soft backing, giving that feather touch fabric that you can’t help but fall in love with.
The entire collection is waterproof, anti-fungal, superlight, eco-friendly, strong, smooth and pretty – yes, Cork is truly the wonder sustainable fabric. Choose from men’s wallets, business and travel accessories, womens’ clutches, bags and more.
On a more personal front, Shivani has always loved animals, chocolate, hues of purple and anything Harry Potter. Keshsa finds happiness in the little things and loves traveling. She is passionate about cooking, racing, golfing and skiing, among a host of other things.