Hermès unveils vegan luxury bag made from mushrooms

Yvonne O'Halloran

Luxury giant Hermès is launching a vegan-friendly version of its iconic Victoria travel bag, opting to use more sustainable materials to replace unethical animal leather.

The French brand has unveiled that the bag will be composed of a mushroom-based leather that is made using fine mycelium (Sylvania) in association with biomaterial company MycoWorks.

The bag is the first object which has been made from fine mycelium, through a process of interlocking cellular structures in order to bind to itself and other materials. For added strength and durability, the product is tanned and finished by Hermès tanners before being shaped in the workshops by Hermès craftspeople.

Matt Scullin, CEO of MycoWorks said: “We couldn’t imagine a better partner than Hermès to present our first object made of Fine Mycelium.”

“Hermès and MycoWorks share common values of craftsmanship, quality, innovation, and patience… 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.”

“Sylvania represents how nature and biotechnology can work in concert to create a material with the highest standards of quality.”

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.”

He then concluded: “With Sylvania, Hermès is at the heart of what it has always been… innovation in the making.”

Article written by Martha Moody- United Kingdom



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