While often referenced interchangeably, mushrooms are only the reproductive structures of fungi. Most of these organisms live their lives as mycelium – branching networks of tubular cells. In mycofabrication, mycelium is used to create everything from biodegradable building materials to packaging to vegan alternatives to animal leather such as Bolt Threads’ Mylo™️.
Presented at the Summer 2022 runway show, the Frayme Mylo™️ is the world’s first-ever luxury bag crafted exclusively from this verified vegan, certified bio-based mycelium leather alternative – available to purchase later this year. Realistic but not plastic, it helps reduce our use of petroleum-based products and does not contribute to animal agriculture – accounting for approximately 14.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions and driving the destruction of vital ecosystems like the Amazon.