The Mushrooms You Can Wear and Build With
There’s no doubt mushrooms are having a moment.
From the popular Netflix documentary Fantastic Fungi, to the surge of medical trials exploring the use of a compound found in hallucinogenic species as a treatment for depression, a mushroom boom is alive and kicking. But there’s one part of fungi that businesses are now especially tapping into, and that’s mycelium, the root structure of a mushroom.
In San Francisco, a company called MycoWorks is growing mycelium to produce a leather substitute called “Reishi”. Using this material it is now making everything from hats to wallets, handbags and bowls.
“Mycelium-grown Reishi is an incredible material, and the first of its kind that doesn’t use plastic as a core ingredient,” says Sophia Wang, MycoWorks co-founder.
“It is grown using three organic materials – water, sawdust and mycelium, which keeps carbon emissions low.”
CREATIVE DIRECTION BY XAVIER GALLEGO
ART DIRECTION BY CHERYLN QUAN READ
PROP STYLING BY ADRIÀ ESCRIBANO
PRODUCTION BY MATTIE NAYTHONS AND CLARA GENÍS