The World’s First Mushroom-Based Leather Mylo Driver Bag Makes Debut. The best alternative to animal leather in a beautiful, sustainably-made vegan tote.
Mylo Driver Bag Vegan Tote
Designed as a natural, sustainable, luxurious one-of-a-kind leather alternative, the Driver Bag is created using mushrooms! Crafted from fibrous mycelium only found in mushroom roots, Mylo feels and looks exactly like real leather made from animal skins. Those who have been able to see and feel the bag have reported that it’s extremely difficult to tell the difference between actual animal-based leather and Mylo. These Driver Bags have much less impact on the environment and are a qualitative step up from faux-leather given that it behaves and looks just like real leather. It’s been likened to the Impossible Burger’s equivalent to the booming fashion industry.
Designed by Chester Wallace and developed by Bolt Threads, the Driver Bag debuts the one-of-a-kind mushroom-based leather. The bag has two main purposes. The classic design and style makes it ideal for daily use. The Mylo features a gorgeous brown patina, highly reminiscent of distressed leather, and even more stylish and resilient. Along with that, the black canvas trim makes the bag look elegant yet usable. The Driver Bag sports two internal and three external pockets to keep your items neat and orderly. The bag’s second important purpose is to offer a cruelty-free, ecologically sustainable alternative to the leather markets products that bring with it horrible material waste and toxic chemicals. All of this aside, the bag will also cut down on animal cruelty.
The Mylo fabric-of-the-future gained major traction in the beginning of 2018 while also receiving accolades from Stella McCartney, who debuted her work with Mylo at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London in April 2018. Chester Wallace, the Portland-based designer, not only designed the Driver Bag but also a clutch, keyring and many other products too. Bolt Threads is hoping that the world will take notice so that they can bolster production and make Mylo even bigger than leather while minimizing the ecological impact on our planet and lifestyle.
The Bolt Projects Mylo Driver Bag was designed in collaboration with Portland-based Chester Wallace as a unisex tote, crafted primarily with functionality at the top of the list. A sustainable recreation of Chester Wallace’s classic Driver silhouette, each bag is hand-cut and sewn in Portland, OR and crafted entirely from Bolt Thread’s Mylo material, coupled with a canvas bottom the Driver Bag features a beautiful carry-all silhouette with three external and two internal organizational pockets.
What is Mylo?
Mylo is a modern day take on leather grown from mycelium, the root structure of mushrooms. Mycelium naturally grows beneath the ground inside the soil. It creates vast structures of threads that help to recycle organic matter left on the forest floor while also providing necessary nutrients to both trees and plants. The mycelium threads intertwine and self-assemble into a 3D type matrix system that can literally spread for miles within the forest.
Mylo presents itself just like hand-crafted leather and boasts the same suppleness and warm touch to the skin. Because the growers can control the environment and processes, they are able to manipulate the properties to craft each Mylo Driver bag into a one-of-a-kind treasure.
Mylo is created by combining mycelium cells along with a rich substrate of nutrients and corn stalks. Over the course of 10 days the cells grow inside of the substrate, creating a maze of interconnected mass that can be formed into just about any size needed. The end result is a fantastic material that feels and looks exactly like animal-based leather. Yet Mylo is able to be produced within days rather than years, without any of the toxic chemicals or material waste of using animal hides.