Six projects by Nicole McLaughlin that use ordinary objects in unexpected ways

Designer Nicole McLaughlin has collated an anthology of her viral projects, which see everyday items transformed into wearable pieces of design. Here, she shares her six favourite projects from the book. McLaughlin rose to popularity on Instagram and has worked with...

Adidas unveils Stan Smith Mylo trainers made from mycelium leather

Adidas has revealed a mycelium leather version of its classic Stan Smith trainers, becoming the latest in a flurry of brands creating products from the sustainable leather alternative. The concept shoe has an upper grown in a lab from mycelium – the spiderweb-like...

Public School creates “backyard compostable” sneaker from kombucha waste

New York streetwear label Public School has collaborated with material scientist Theanne Schiros to create a pair of biofabricated trainers using a leather alternative grown by microbes. Almost the entire trainer, including the upper, midsole and laces, was produced...

Allbirds to make shoes using plant-based leather to help “eradicate petroleum from the fashion industry”

American footwear brand Allbirds is set to introduce what it claims is the first leather alternative entirely made from plant-based ingredients. The brand says that the compostable material, called Plant Leather, has a carbon impact that is 40 times lower than animal...