By Julie Heinisch
News broke recently that Hermès, the luxury bag company, is testing alternative materials to its usual animal leather for its handbags.
The mushroom-based fabric will make Hermès’ bags cruelty-free as well as eco-friendly. For now, the French fashion house will introduce the vegan leather alternative in form of its “Victoria” travel bag, but hopefully will expand the use of the fabric to other bags in the future.
Hermès is not the only fashion brand using the new leather alternative, Stella McCartney recently produced a set of clothes made from the fungi fabric. She created a bustier top and trousers that were made from panels of recycled nylon attached to panels of the mushroom leather, showing innovation in sustainable fashion materials.
Currently, the outfit is not available to buy, but it does demonstrate the fashion world’s willingness to become more eco-friendly, sustainable, and cruelty-free.
Finally, sports-wear giant, Adidas, has revealed that it is working on vegan shoes made from the mushroom-based fabric. In recent years, Adidas has been working on more animal-free and environmental-friendly shoes, some made from reprocessed polyester or other natural and recycled materials.
It is not yet known when the new fungi leather shoes will be available, but it shows Adidas’ sustainability initiatives and how the vegan leather alternative is taking over every area of the fashion world.