Following the launch in March 2022 as part of the Balenciaga Winter 22 360° show, SQIM is proud to announce that the “Balenciaga Maxi Hooded Wrap Coat” will be commercially available at selected Balenciaga stores across the globe, starting from end of October 2022.

Photo: Courtesy of Balenciaga
Photo: Courtesy of Balenciaga

ephea™ was introduced during the Balenciaga Winter 22 360° show, marking the first time that such a
material has been applied to fashion, and the first time one has achieved such high-level features,
particularly in terms of thickness and homogeneity.

The “Balenciaga Maxi Hooded Wrap Coat” made with ephea™ will be available end of October in selected Balenciaga stores in Beijing, Beverly Hills, London, Milan, New York City, Paris, Shanghai, Tokyo, and Toronto.

ephea™ is an unprecedented class of biofabricated materials, made with pure mycelium—the first of its
kind to be cultivated on a pure, as opposed to hybrid, basis, eliminating the use of contaminating
chemicals along the growth process, and guaranteeing consistency in quality.

Based on what above, ephea™ is today the most organic, viable, and otherwise environmentally sound
alternative to leathers and synthetics, for use in luxury fashion products.

Photo: Courtesy of Balenciaga

“Delivering the first commercially available garment manufactured using ephea™, Balenciaga and SQIM™ jointly set a new standard in the sustainable fashion industry, raising the bar within the biofabricated materials’ field. We are extremely proud of the collaborative outcome, and the outstanding result achieved, which we believe demonstrate the huge potential of our technology and products.”

Stefano Babbini CEO and co-Founder of SQIM

Read SQIM’s full press release to find out more!