Introducing Bucket Hats Made Out of Mycelium
The future has arrived: We have mushroom leather hats now. Slowly but surely, leather alternatives made from mycelium—essentially the root structure of a mushroom—instead of animal hides have entered the market. In 2021, MycoWorks partnered with Hermès to make the first object out of a fine mycelium leather alternative, which looks and acts pretty similarly to the real thing. The bag—the French label’s Victoria style—was an attention grabbing prototype that is slated to be released later this year. Today, MycoWorks and milliner Nick Fouquet have unveiled a capsule collection of hats: the first commercially available products made of the flagship material, Reishi.
Fouquet, who has a degree in environmental science and sustainable development and is passionate about alternative textiles, reached out to MycoWorks through their email form on the website, hoping to collaborate. Nine months later, here we are with three hats: the Boletus, Coprinus, and Morchella (each named after a species of mushroom). The $810 Boletus is a bucket hat made from just Reishi and a lining, and the $875 Coprinus and $1725 Morchella use Reishi as trimming.
“It’s indistinguishable,” Fouquet says of the product. He adds that his seamstresses couldn’t tell that they were using a different material other than leather.
“It’s indistinguishable,” Fouquet says of the product. He adds that his seamstresses couldn’t tell that they were using a different material other than leather. The biggest similarity to Fouquet is how workable the material is. The only difference is the grain of the leather alternative, “but it’s minor,” Fouquet says. The grain can also be engineered differently. Unlike cow leather, Reishi is customizable when it comes to size, shape, softness, flexibility, and density. After all, as Wang points out, “a cow can only grow to a certain shape.”
Read the full article by Sarah Spellings in Vogue here.