MycoWorks Debuts Their Plastic-Free, Non-Animal Premium Leather Alternative, Reishi

The sustainable biomaterial 'Fine Mycelium' tans, performs and ages like cowhide

Amidst the tidal change rippling through the luxury sector—one that involves reduction of carbon footprint, protection of animal rights and dismissal of plastics—only one leather alternative adheres to such standards and still feels premium. That product, Reishi, launches this week. A fungi-based “fine mycelium” grown in labs under proprietary circumstances, Reishi emulates many sensory aspects of genuine leather and eschews the plastic soul of synthetics. …

Former El Bulli Chef Jaume Biarnés Digón Caters Proenza Schouler’s Backstage

An all-vegan, Yondu-seasoned menu before the runway show at New York Fashion Week

“We know that, for our health and the health of the planet, we must eat more plants,” Chef Jaume Biarnés Digón explains to us backstage at the Proenza Schouler runway show this fashion week. In an industry that’s always been food-conscious, and increasingly (finally) environmentally aware, chef Digón’s presence signifies something more. Formerly at El Bulli—arguably once the world’s most important restaurant—chef Digón would help chef …

Maria Cornejo Transforms Hyundai Factory Waste Into Sculptural Garments

The newly appointed CFDA board member takes her ethical design process a step further

Sustainability is one of the fashion industry’s most abused words. Much like “edgy” in the early aughts or “journey” circa 2013, it often amounts to little more than a PR-spin on minimal effort. For Maria Cornejo—the veteran Chilean-American designer who was recently appointed to the board of the CFDA—sustainability is about clearly defined imperatives. Measurable metrics including levels of dye toxicity, carbon footprint, water usage …