It’s high time we give up animal-based leather products. And believing in the same ethos is Hermès. The brand has recently unveiled an exclusive mushroom-based leather bag that is made using fine mycelium in association with MycoWorks.
Created using a patented process of interlocking cellular structures to amplify mycelium’s natural capacity to bind to itself and other materials. The bag marks the debut of the first object made with fine mycelium. The product is further tanned and finished in France by the Hermès tanners for added strength and durability.
Commenting on it, MycoWorks CEO Matt Scullin said, Hermès related to our story: that fine mycelium was rooted in artistic practice and craftsmanship. at the same time, Hermès recognized that MycoWorks’ unique biotechnology approach to enhancing a natural material meant that fine mycelium had the potential to be the highest quality mycelium in the world.’
Hermès artistic director, Pierre-Alexis dumas further added, ‘MycoWorks’ vision and values echo those of Hermès… strong fascination with natural raw material and its transformation, a quest for excellence ensure that objects are put to their best use and that their longevity is maximized. With Sylvania, Hermès is at the heart of what it has always been: innovation in the making.’
The new Hermès X MycoWorks handbag will be available by the end of the year.
[Via: The Business of Fashion]