MycoWorks
Mycoworks, MII Next-gen Materials, Next-gen Leather, Alternative Leather, Mycelium Leather.
Material Name: 

Reishi™

Biomimicry: 

Leather

Main Input: 

Mycelium

Founded: 

2013

HQ: 

United States

TRL: 

4

Founder(s): 

Philip Ross, Sophia Wang, Eddie Pavlu

Website: 
About the Company

Artist and inventor Philip Ross began using mycelium in the 1990s as a medium for sculpture. In 2013, he co-founded MycoWorks with Sophia Wang. MycoWorks first produced mycelium bricks for building and containers. In 2016, the company created a leather-like material and has continued to innovate in this space. In February 2020, MycoWorks presented Reishi™ Fine Mycelium™ at New York Fashion Week. Reishi is said to meet the growing need for sustainable options for leather without compromising performance, quality, or aesthetics.

Material

Reishi sheets are grown in MycoWorks’ production facilities in California and tanned without chromium by partners in Europe. According to the company and to independent tests, Reishi can provide brands with the same performance, quality, and aesthetics as leather without the use of animals or plastic.

Technology

MycoWorks uses a patented technology that enhances the interwoven mycelial threads of a Ganoderma species of mushroom. MycoWorks uses only plant-based dyes and chromium-free chemicals in the dyeing and tanning processes.

Applications

Fashion, footwear, automotive

Selected Brand Partnerships

Hermès

Reishi samples by MycoWorks.

Reishi samples by MycoWorks.

Hermès' Victoria bag made with Sylvania by MycoWorks.

Hermès' Victoria bag made with Sylvania by MycoWorks.

Images credits.

 

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