Cover Stella McCartney's new bustier is made from mycelium, the vegetative part of a fungus (Photo: Courtesy of Stella McCartney)

Stella McCartney’s new garments are made from Mylo leather, a new vegan and sustainable leather alternative made from fungi

Stella McCartney is the first in the world to introduce garments made from Mylo, a new vegan and sustainable leather alternative made from mycelium—the vegetative part of a fungus. 

Unlike most vegan leathers that’s polyester-based, Mylo is entirely biodegradable. Developed by scientists and engineers from Bolt Threads, a modern day material solutions company that invents sustainable materials for companies, Mylo promises to be “soft, supple, and less harmful to the environment”, according to their website

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As the first luxury house to introduce garments made from Mylo, Stella McCartney will be introducing two Mylo garments that are 100 per cent cruelty-free, including a black bustier top and a pair of matching utilitarian trousers. Inspired by the designer’s dichotomy of feminine and masculine features, the two garments showcase an experimental edge with a sporty, athleisure-feel that resembles the brand’s Summer 2021 and Autumn 2021 collections. 

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This isn’t Stella and Bolt Thread’s first partnership either, as the two have been coming up with inventive, sustainable creations since 2018. That year, Stella McCartney introduced the Falabella bag which was created with a Mylo prototype for the Victoria & Albert Museum’s “Fashioned From Nature” exhibit. 

While neither of the new Mylo garments are available for sale at the moment, the brand plans on integrating the material into future seasonal offerings. Other brands such as Adidas, Lululemon and even luxury fashion group Kering have also jumped on the bandwagon and will be releasing their own garments made from Mylo in the near future as well. 

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