And Her Love of Cork

Samara lived in Portugal for many years and has always had a deep appreciation for local cork products and accessories, especially when used in European fashion. Cork production in Portugal is a very old and traditional process and captures the true beauty and passion for cork. Samara has a personal relationship with the manufacturer whose focus is solely on creating high quality cork designs. They love what they do and it has been passed down from generation to generation. Samara loves that cork helps not only the local economy but helps the environment as well. Because of the way it is harvested, cork is a highly sustainable, ecofriendly product and provides benefits to the ecosystem. Purchasing cork can actually help nature. Samara brought the cork brand, Arelusa, to Hawaii and is the sole distributor here on the islands.

The world is desiring ecological products and welcoming sustainable alternatives. Because of this, cork is gaining popularity among consumers worldwide. The world of fashion products and accessories, designed by Artelusa, are created with great imagination and handcrafted with 100% natural premium cork. The variations in tones and textures are intentional, making each piece truly unique.

ARTELUSA is Portugal’s eco-friendly and sustainable luxury brand of bags and accessories made of genuine premium cork, marketed nationally and internationally. All products are handmade from Portuguese cork, a raw material, 100% recyclable, biodegradable and durable. The company was founded in 1998. Today, ARTELUSA has customers all around the world, including the US, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Russia, Poland, South Africa, Brazil and Australia, and it continues to grow, to a world-known and recognized brand for premium cork products. The nobility of the premium cork combined with the creativity and expertise of ARTELUSA’s designers, amazing pieces and irresistible objects are born to entice more and more customers in Portugal and worldwide. The variations in tones and textures are intentional, making each piece truly unique. Not only the uniqueness, lightness and longevity of the products make the brand extraordinary, but also its focus on sustainability and a consciously animal-deficient production of the products.

ARTELUSA was awarded the “Peta-Approved Vegan” seal, which certifies that most of the products are 100% vegan. All our cork products are from Portuguese cork oak trees, from sustainable forests. All colors in our products are organic.