[L’industrie c’est fou] Clothes made from shrimp and mushrooms

The Coperni dress sprayed live on model Bella Hadid’s body Friday September 30 is not the only innovation to have made an impression during the fashion weeks (better known as Fashion week) of the season. A few weeks earlier, the Vietnamese-American designer Peter Do also distinguished himself by exposing his vision of (more) sustainable fashion. His Spring/Summer 2023 collection, presented during a fashion show organized in New York, includes several biodegradable garments.

The two sets designed by the designer, one camel color and the other completely black, are each composed of wide and shiny pants and a round neck tank top. Although similar in appearance and texture to traditional leather, these luxury pieces have no trace of animal-derived materials. They were made with shrimp shells and mushroom waste, recovered in Vietnam and transformed into imitation leather by the American start-up TômTex.

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Founded in 2020, the company exploits the potential of chitin, a resistant and flexible biopolymer. Its derivatives, chitosan, fascinate scientists and are already finding applications in various sectors, from pharmaceuticals to cosmetics, including water treatment and the food industry. Thanks to this molecule, American researchers have also recently succeeded in developing a zinc-ion battery that is more ecological and safer than the usual batteries.

«We have made significant progress over the year, improving the mechanical behavior, aesthetic properties and quality of the material», Explains the CEO of TômTex to the site The seas. Adjustments to the formula have notably resulted in better resistance and a silkier texture. From now on, the start-up is able to make clothes with characteristics close to those of suede (or suede). Good news for Bambi…

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