Stella McCartney launches 100 limited edition fungi leather bags
Stella McCartney is due to sell 100 limited edition bags created from mycelium, the root-like structure of fungi, marking the first of future commercial mycelium product offerings.
The brand said that the launch of the Frayme Mylo bag marks a progression for vegan material innovation for fashion, and forms part of the brands wider Summer 2022 campaign titled Fashion Fungi, and takes a "psychedelic trip into nature."
The Frayme bag, launching 1 July 2022, was first introduced during the brand’s Summer 2022 runway show in October 2021 at Paris Fashion Week, and will be sold in limited run of 100 numbered bags.
The Frayme was created in partnership with the creators of Mylo leather, Bolt Threads, with which Stella McCartney has been collaborating since in 2017. Recent pieces of their partnership were exhibited in the designer's "Future of Fashion" material innovation exhibit at last year's COP26.
The Frayme Mylo was inspired by the Falabella tote bag and includes an oversized recyclable aluminium chain strap that runs around the bag as well as a zamac statement medallion. It was crafted by artisans who were trained to work with the mycelium-based alternative to animal leather.
Dan Widmaier, Founder & CEO, Bolt Threads commented: “It’s been an honour to partner so closely with Stella and her team as they break new ground in luxury fashion with Mylo.
"Their category defining leadership of animal-free fashion and championship of sustainable materials is paving a path forward towards a more responsible fashion industry. Bringing the first-ever luxury bag made from Mylo to market is a massive milestone for conscientious consumers, the biomaterials industry, and the future of luxury fashion.”