Hermès, the French luxury brand that is famous for its Birkin bags made in exclusive (and sometimes controversial) materials such as ostrich and crocodriles, is taking one step closer to sustainability by producing its first vegan-leather bag. The classic “Victoria” bag will be redesigned and made out of a mushroom-based material called Sylvania.
To make the sustainable bag, Hermès has partnered with California based start-up MycoWorks. They have been working together for the last three years to develop the start-up’s patented Fine Micellium, a mushroom-based textile, into a leather-like material called Sylvania. Victoria bags will be made out of the newly developed leather substitute, along with other elements and calfskin. The production will be finished in France, where Hermès workers will tanned the Sylvania, and shape the final details to meet the house’s standards of production.
Sylvania is a hybrid of nature and biotechnology. This new and rather unlikely collaboration calls for innovation towards sustainability in the Fashion industry. The mushroom-based Victoria bag is said to be released by the end of 2021.
Hermès is the latest fashion house that has partnered with sustainable start-ups. Last year, Stella McCartney, Adidas, and Kering have partnered with BoltThreads, to produce another variation of mushroom-based leather-like materials. Their products will also be available in 2021 to purchase.
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+ Words: Leila Salinas, Luxiders Magazine
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