fashion house Stella McCartney announced that the Frayme Mylo, believed to be the very first luxury bag made with Mylo mushroom leather, will be released later this year.

The bag was first shown last October at Paris Fashion Week and is based on the design of Stella McCartney’s classic Falabella bag. The material used, Mylo, is an alternative to leather made by hardware solutions company Bolt Threads using mycelium (the root structure of fungi).

Mushroom Inspired Summer Collection

Stella McCartney also recently unveiled an entire collection inspired by mushrooms. The Spring/Summer 2022 collection features a combination of bright and earthy tones, with embellishments such as pleats and cutouts. While most garments are vegan, some use silk, although the brand has announced plans to switch to Bolt Threads’ animal-free silk alternative in the future.

© Stella McCartney

“Mushrooms don’t get the attention they deserve, largely because many don’t understand them or are afraid of them. Our Summer 2022 collection chooses to celebrate mushrooms with optimism,” the fashion house said on its website.

trendy mushrooms

A growing number of producers and brands are turning to mushroom-derived fabrics as a more sustainable alternative to PVC and conventional bovine leather. For example, Adidas revealed last year that it was developing mushroom leather shoes, while Lululemon is working on yoga accessories made with Mylo. Other companies, like Ecovative and MycoWorks, are developing their own mushroom-based alternatives to leather.

“Mylo Mycelium Leather is a historic moment not just for us, but for the world,” said Stella McCartney. “What you see on the catwalks today is tomorrow’s conscious fashion industry.”