Stella McCartney launches vegan leather bag made from mushrooms

Luxury clothing brand Stella McCartney has unveiled its new durable mushroom leather bag – the first of its kind commercially available.

The bag, named Frayme Mylo, is crafted from a vegan leather called Mylo and features an oversized recyclable aluminum chain strap and signature zamac medallion.

Mylo is a next-generation animal-free leather crafted from mycelium by hardware solutions company Bolt Threads.

Stella McCartney first partnered with Bolt Threads on vegan microsilk in 2017 and has been a part of the Mylo journey since its inception.

Mylo first appeared in a prototype of the fashion house’s iconic Falabella bag, which debuted as part of V&A’s Fashioned from Nature exhibition in 2018.

The Frayme Mylo bag debuted this year at Paris Fashion Week and will be part of the Stella McCartney Summer 2022 collection.

“For my summer 2022 collection, I was so inspired by mushrooms and their incredible potential to save our planet – and the Frayme Mylo embodies that hope for the future,” fashion designer Stella McCartney said in a statement.

“Our long-time partners at Bolt Threads and I have a shared passion for material innovation and the launch of a luxury mycelium leather Mylo handbag is a milestone not only for us, but for the world. What you see on the catwalk today is the conscious fashion industry of tomorrow, ”she added.

As the first commercially available product made from Mylo material, the Frayme Mylo bag represents a milestone for sustainable fashion that will make smart and sustainable products more accessible to consumers.

What is Mylo?

Mylo is certified organic, which means it is made from mostly natural and renewable ingredients.

Its main component is the mycelium, a network of fungal filaments considered essential to the ecosystem. It is also infinitely renewable.

Researchers developed Mylo by replicating the mycelium in a lab using mulch, water, air, and 100% renewable energy.

The process takes days rather than years to produce animal leather. This saves on water and greenhouse gas emissions.

Plus, removing cattle from the equation means that no animal is harmed and protects vital ecosystems like the Amazon from deforestation.

The end product is soft, supple and has the appearance of animal leather.

Mylo was designed in response to the growing demand for environmentally friendly materials.

Dan Widmaier, Founder and CEO of Bolt Threads, said: “For good reason, consumers demand sustainable material alternatives that also look and feel great.

“Working closely with Stella and her team of innovative designers has enabled us to make Mylo an uncompromising and animal-free alternative to leather. “

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