MycoWorks‘ new Reishi products – Reishi Doux, Reishi Natural, and Reishi Pebble, which are made from Fine Mycelium are said to have surpassed the performance levels that luxury brands require.
The company says the material’s properties rival certain animal leathers, making it an alternative for high-end product manufacturing.
MycoWorks explains it achieved a luxury-level material performance without relying on plastics, which sets it apart from many plant or mycelium-based alternatives that require plastic additives to meet the required performance standards.
Collaborating with European tannery partners, the company has been able to elevate the technical performance of its Reishi material. The Reishi material incorporates advancements in both Fine Mycelium fermentation and in mycelium tanning.
According to Maud Ohler, MycoWorks’ vice president of technology development, the Fine Mycelium technology is just the beginning. She said: “While our product applications today follow standards for leather, this is just the starting point. Fine Mycelium is so much more. We are proud of our recent data and excited to scale production in South Carolina.”
Thibault Schockert, CEO of Cuir du Vaudreuil, a luxury leather goods factory, praised the Reishi material as a potential game-changer for the luxury industry and added: “This improvement gives us the opportunity to introduce an entirely new category to our business.”
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The Reishi material is a result of MycoWorks’ study and development of mycelium materials, dating back to the 1990s. The initial prototypes of the Fine Mycelium leather-like material were showcased in 2016, which, though durable and soft, exhibited relatively low tensile strength.
The company’s brand partners include Hermès, General Motors, Ligne Roset, Heron Preston, and Nick Fouquet with more to yet to be announced.
MycoWorks is set to establish the world’s first commercial-scale Fine Mycelium factory in Union, South Carolina and says its brand partners are excited to enter the commercial cycle with new styles and products made from Reishi.