Longtime animal rights activist and fashion designer Stella McCartney is yet again on top of the trends. The London-based designer is the first luxury house in the world to use Mylo mushroom material.

Bolt Threads, makers of Mylo, announced a partnership to help bring this material to luxury brands around the world. The Mylo Consortium will create clothing made from Mylo, a bio-based material made with mycelium. McCartney is making accessories and garments with the animal-free, bio-based leather alternative, according to the brand.

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“I believe the Stella community should never have to compromise luxury desirability for sustainability, and Mylo™️ allows us to make that a reality. These rare, exclusive pieces embody our shared commitment with Bolt Threads to innovate a kinder fashion industry – one that sees the birth of beautiful, luxurious materials as opposed to the deaths of our fellow creatures and planet,” Stella McCartney shared in an email.

McCartney designed and introduced a black bustier top and utilitarian trousers made with the material. Because Mylo is certified bio-based, it’s renewable and regenerative. Compared to regular leather, which takes 17,000 liters of water per kilogram, Mylo is made with mulch, air, and water in a lab and is cruelty-free.

“Creating new, high-quality biomaterials is a major technological challenge and a massive opportunity for people and planet. I am incredibly grateful and humbled by Stella and her team for their long-term partnership and support in bringing Mylo™️ to the world. The material used in these two garments not only represents a huge step forward in both aesthetics and performance of biomaterials, but also marks the beginning of the rollout of product-ready Mylo™️. This is tangible progress toward large-scale production where Mylo™️ can make a significant positive impact on our planet,” shared Dan Widmaier, CEO and founder of Bolt Threads.

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