Athleticwear company, Lululemon is the latest brand to join the mushroom material trend, announcing its plans to introduce three new products made from Mylo, a new vegan and sustainable leather alternative made from fungi.
The products include a woven yoga mat inspired by the brand’s 3D-textured Take Form Mat, which helps yoga practitioners find pose alignment without looking down during practice. Lululemon teased the Mylo yoga mat reveal with a cut-off image of a tanned, suede-like mat that features a rolled hem and intricately designed woven patterns.
In addition to the mat, the brand will also be introducing two bags featuring Mylo material: the Meditation and Yoga Mat Bag and the Barrel Duffel Bag. While the bag isn’t entirely made of Mylo, you’ll be able to find the fungi-based vegan leather across the bags’ woven handles and braided pulls.
What sets Mylo apart from other vegan leather substitutes is that not only is the material entirely biodegradable, it’s also soft and supple like real leather, making it one of the most innovative materials available on the market right now. Previously, brands such as Adidas unveiled their plans to introduce a pair of Mylo material Stan Smiths to the market, while Stella McCartney introduced an edgy black bustier top and a pair of matching utilitarian trousers made from Mylo.
“As a premium athletic brand, having innovative and proprietary fabrics and other materials that help guests feel their best to perform their best is something we’re proud of,” said Sun Choe, chief product officer at lululemon.
“Sustainable innovation will continue to play a key role in the future of retail and product, and for us, leveraging a material like Mylo™ demonstrates our commitment to creating a healthier environment through lower-impact products, while also giving us the ability to reimagine iconic pieces in our line through a sustainability lens.”
While Lululemon has not announced an official launch date for the Mylo yoga mat, the Lululemon Meditation and Yoga Mat Bag, and the Barrel Duffel Bag will be available for purchase in early 2022