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Fitness brand Lululemon recently revealed yoga accessories made from Mylo – a vegan leather made from renewable mycelium (the root structure of fungus) by material specialist Bolt Threads.

► This woven yoga mat is inspired by the brand’s Take Form Mat

“As a premium athletic brand, having innovative and proprietary fabrics and other materials that help guests feel their best to perform their best is something we’re proud of,” Sun Choe, Chief Product Officer at Lululemon, said in a media release. “Sustainable innovation will continue to play a key role in the future of retail and product, and for us, leveraging a material like Mylo demonstrates our commitment to creating a healthier environment through lower-impact products, while also giving us the ability to reimagine iconic pieces in our line through a sustainability lens.”

► Two bag styles made from Mylo are going to be launched next year

The new mushroom-based collection features a yoga mat and two yoga bags – the Lululemon Meditation and Yoga Mat Bag, and the Lululemon Barrel Duffel Bag. These will be available for sale in early 2022.


Source: Lululemon

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Blending realism, fantasy and romanticism, Marni Creative Director Francesco Risso showcased sportswear and loungewear in silhouettes and compositions that were both surprising and inspiring in the brand’s Fall 2021 Ready-to-Wear Collection.

Applauded for its striking aesthetics, the collection epitomised “a quest for romance,” Risso shared in the collection notes.

“This Marni collection is a quest for romance expressed in colour and shape, both intensely tactile, at once dark and oozing a gleeful, bright rebound. Black is the colour of stormy romance. It is an optical illusion, the sum of all existing colours – and this is what we revealed progressively, in fading, solarization, prints and treatments that let brightness emerge, as expanding halos, in the shape of objects – keys, scissors – that have been left on clothes as the sun rays hit them, turning them into memories,” he wrote.

Marni’s Fall 2021 collection was presented through a lookbook and a short film.


Images courtesy of Marni

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Sustainable bag maker SEAL has partnered with Fujikura Parachute – the only manufacturer of man-carrying parachutes in Japan – in launching a functional lightweight bag collection.

Parachute cloths made by Fujikura are used in SEAL’s latest bag collection

Boasting an expandable design for roomy storage, the hand-sewn bags have fibres woven in a latticed pattern to allow them to withstand tension and pressure. Its water repellent finishing also ensures that the interior stays dry even under extreme conditions. 


SEAL x Fujikura Parachute Collection includes backpacks, totes and shoulder bags


Source: SEAL

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Industry Watch
Ode to the Rose

Designer Lela Rose is injecting vitality and positivity in the Fall 2021 season with a Ready-to-Wear collection inspired by her namesake blossom.

“After a season spent getting back to our roots, everything is coming up roses! Lela Rose’s Fall 2021 collection is a return to her namesake with a celebration of both beautiful blooms and the time it takes to nourish tender buds into rich blossoms,” according to the fashion house.


The collection features richly textured American Beauty fil coupé, three-dimensional damask rose embroidered tulle, signature English rose prints and patterns, and hand-embellished bourbon rose buttons. 

The palette ranges from delicate rose, white and robin’s egg blue to the more dramatic shades of cardinal red, aubergine and midnight blue.



Images courtesy of Lela Rose

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American label Judith Leiber Couture recently launched a couture handbag collection inspired by the iconic droid R2-D2 from the Star Wars film franchise.

Star Wars x Judith Leiber Couture collaboration offers two handbag versions inspired by R2-D2

“I have always loved R2-D2’s endearing personality. There is so much joy and nostalgia attached to the character,” said Jana Matheson, chief creative officer of Judith Leiber Couture. “Judith Leiber Couture and ‘Star Wars’ are a perfect match; R2-D2 is timeless, whimsical and charming, similar attributes to that of our minaudieres.”


The product development process – from concept to creation – was an endeavour that took the brand more than a year to realise, the company said.

► This R2-D2 handbag is made of brass and aluminium, and adorned with 9,000 pieces of
that were hand-set in Italy

► A special-edition version covered with
24-karat gold-plated crystals


Source: Star Wars (Kristin Baver) and WWD (Jean E. Palmieri)

Images courtesy of Judith Leiber Couture

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