Blending fashion and technology isn’t something new. Iris Van Herpen, the dutch fashion designer, who was the first person to send a 3D printed Haute Couture garment down the runway in her 2010 collection. While 3D printing technologies are progressing at a very high speed, they are still at the beginning of their path. But finding alternative materials to create fabrics that we use constantly such as leather has become a trend.
MycoWorks is a company that makes leather from one of nature’s most abundant resources. They use mycelium, the vegetative tissue of mushrooms to create sustainable alternatives to leather, plastic foams and other problematic materials. The new kind of leather is rapidly grown in labs, has the same properties as animal leather but is cruelty-free.
Vitro Labs is a ground breaking start up that is developing laboratory engineered cruelty free leather. It is also working on BioFur, lab-grown pelts and leather from stem-cells.
Start ups and engineers like that believe that they are more than one way to achieve the needed goal, they have proved that leather can be lab grown, created in the shape and the amount needed without harming any animals.