About Captain Cork

The birth of

Captain Cork

2018: The year of intense sadness, great loss and unbelievable change

Dad was an ecologist long before it was a trend. I can assure you, growing up it wasn’t always fun to have to recycle, reuse, pass on stuff, buy second hand, do and make it yourself, go green, be one with nature, don’t waste money, water and other resources, ….

My father, Erwin De Quint, our captain, is the great inspiration behind Captain Cork.

I could never imagine this would ever become my vision in life.

In a world where speed and mass consumption are the social norm, you are quickly seen as an ‘underdog’ by others. And dad had that vibe, he was a bit eccentric.

When I look back, my father was a genius and way before his time. Or was the time passing him by and was he just very back to basic? Who will tell?

After a long career at the port of Antwerp, Papa bought a ruin in Portugal five years ago. A hundred-year-old house on a hill by the river in a little quiet town Ul, where time stood still. This was his dream, he would completely restore the house and make it self-sufficient in an old and traditional manner. As soon as he retired, he would come to live in his little ecological house permanently.

The house brought us so much closer together, I did the administrative work for him, the translations, the banking business and occasionally travelled along when ‘scholarly and literate things’ – his words – had to happen. I began to understand his vision of life, was inspired and looked up at his courage and unstoppable enthusiasm.

In February 2018, Papa got unwell and soon the heavy verdict followed: Cancer of the esophagus. No one had seen this coming, he was such a healthy, athletic and active man, never smoked or drank. But Dad never got discouraged. The cancer was just a hurdle that he had to pass before he could get back to work on the eco-house.

On the 9th of June 2018, my dad died at home, with his daughters close to him, after an intense period of unimaginable physical suffering.

I got fired on the 9th of July 2018.

That same day I decided to cancel three scheduled job interviews, not to send or publish my updated CV, and to unsubscribe me from emails about vacancies in my branch. Entrepreneurship, continuing the sustainable dream of my dad, that was my new mission.

Captain Cork, my conscious trade in ecological, sustainable, fair, organic, natural, animal friendly… and especially Portuguese products, was born. Captain Cork is the dream that lives on.

Get every quarter a chance to score the new collection

with presale discounts

What are pre-sales discounts and why?

All Captain Cork handbags are designed and manufactured under our Captain Cork brand name. Besides founder and business manager, I, Ina De Quint, am also a designer.

In all my designs I go for originality, innovation, perfect finish and exclusivity.

All handbags are produced under OWN LABEL. Every quarter I design a new collection of handbags that are exclusively available.

A sustainable investment

Every quarter we work on new designs. But having your own label is a major investment. That’s why I like to involve you, my customer ambassador, in the process.

With every collection you have the opportunity to buy an exclusive cork handbag at great presales discounts. You buy a handbag that is currently in production. A production process takes 4 to 8 weeks. In exchange for your patience, I will give you a nice discount.

In addition to a nice discount and the first unique handmade cork bag, you also help build my business.

Exclusivity and quality

Only a few pieces of each model are produced so that you can enjoy a unique and exclusive piece.

Our workshops always work with the highest quality Portuguese cork. Each bag is handcrafted where seamstresses with years of expertise work passionately, under the best working conditions, on the Captain Cork handbags and accessories.

What’s in it for you?

With your cork purchase you invest not only in the planet, the generations of tomorrow and a greener and better world, but also in my entrepreneurial dream and passion.

A sincere thank you for your support.

Stay Corky, Aye!


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