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STELLA MCCARTNEY SPRING 2022 – MYLO, THE MUSHROOM LEATHER

Stella McCartney Spring 2022

A new innovative way to be sustainable yet fashionable at the same time. Stella McCartney collaborates with Bolt Threads to create an animal looking leather made out of mycelium, the roots of a mushroom.

Words By Abigail Pretorius

02/04/2022

Stella McCartney launched her brand 20 years ago. As soon as the brand was launched, it was known as the first luxury brand to never use leather, fur, feather or skins. The brand has committed to never compromise on desirability or sustainability. The brand strikes to be innovative to come up with many different ways to make luxury fashion while being sustainable.

For Stella McCartney’s Spring 2022 collection, the brand collaborated with Bolt Threads. Bolt Threads is a material startup brand that recently introduced Mylo as a vegan replication of leather. Indeed, this is not the leather that first comes to our mind. This leather is made from mycelium, the roots of mushrooms.

Bolt Threads collaborated with Ecovative which is a New York based startup. Ecovative initially came up with this idea of using mushroom roots for packaging. Bolt Threads used this idea to develop patented leather with the growing techniques they used, turning the cells into an animal leather looking material. This material can be produced only after a few days.

Stella McCartney Spring 2022

Stella McCartney Spring 2022

Stella McCartney describes the material as a soft substantial leather alternative. The brand used this material to create two garments, a black bustier top and utilitarian trousers. McCartney states that these items are not for sale, but rather to pave the way for future commercial offerings. The brand has also been working with Bolt Threads to create a new style of the iconic Falabella bag made from the same material. 

The handbag will be displayed in the London’s Victoria & Albert Museum’s “Fashion from Nature”. This will be exhibited on the 21st of April 2022 and the brand does not have any plans to put this item on sale either. “Once you take that technology and innovation and you marry it with luxury fashion and design and creativity, there’s no end to what magical madness you can create,” she told Forbes.  

Bolt Threads owns Mylo “leather” handbags which will be available for preorder in June on https://boltthreads.com

“Once you take that technology and innovation and you marry it with luxury fashion and design and creativity, there’s no end to what magical madness you can create,” – Stella McCartney