About the Company
Artist and inventor Philip Ross began working with mycelium in the 1990s as a medium for sculpture, and in 2013, he co-founded MycoWorks with Sophia Wang. MycoWorks first produced mycelium bricks for building and containers. In 2016, MycoWorks created Reishi™, a pioneering leather-like material grown using Fine Mycelium™, the company’s patented biomaterials platform, and the company continues to innovate in this space. In February 2020, MycoWorks presented the first Reishi™ sheets at New York Fashion Week. Reishi™ is said to meet the growing need for sustainable options for leather without compromising performance, quality, or aesthetics.
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.
MycoWorks uses Fine Mycelium™, 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.
Fashion, luxury goods, footwear, and automotive.
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