My Story

Hello from the beautiful Outer Banks. There’s so many new people and fresh faces that have just recently discovered me, that I thought it would be a great time to RE-Introduce myself!

I am Dawn Vinson and I’m the Creator, designer and owner of a small home-based business I started two years ago in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. I am a 47 year-old mother of three grown boys, and my husband and I recently became empty nesters. I began jewelry making as a side gig to make extra money while looking for a job when we moved to the Outer Banks in 2015. It was during this time, that I stumbled upon Portuguese Cork on Etsy. I naively ordered a few pieces of cord out of curiosity, and once I got a piece of it in my hands, I honestly can say that I have never been the same. My entire creative process changed that day and my brain literally started going into overdrive as soon as I realized how amazing cork fabric was and all of the things I could do with it...It’s been 4 years and it hasn’t stopped. In fact. I’m just getting started. It just keeps getting better!!

What started out as jewelry making has now become all about the amazing things I am able to do with cork instead of animal leather. The number of things that I am able to create and make with cork cords and cork fabric are endless, And my mission my goal and my passion it’s to bring awareness of how amazing of a product cork is in place of animal leather. 

We here in the United States DO NOT use this resource the way that we are capable of. I want to be the one to change that in the Jewelry Industry. I want everyone to know how amazing cork is! It’s unique, it’s different, it’s environmentally friendly, animal friendly, sustainable, lightweight, water resistant, as strong and as durable as leather, and absolutely stunning to look at. Due to the nature of cork each piece holds its own uniqueness, making each one of my pieces matchless in itself as well. I have been solely using Portuguese Cork in my designs for 4 years now and have been working very hard to brand and promote my businesses name, and my cork designs, while at the same time educating people on the cork process. I am very proud of my designs, and my work, and hope you enjoy each of them.

Please let me know if you have any questions or need any help with ordering. I am happy to help you out in any way I can!

Xoxo, Dawn