The revolutionary Fine Mycelium process developed by MycoWorks is the result of more than two decades of research and innovation by our founding team.
A breakthrough in materials science and biotechnology, Fine Mycelium is an advanced manufacturing platform for high performance materials in fashion and footwear. Our proprietary technology has enabled a new class of premium, non-animal materials that are the next evolution in mycelium.
Mycelium is one of the earth’s most powerful agents of regeneration and carbon sequestration. These fine, root-like threads are grown on the byproducts of agriculture and lumber, transforming plant matter into their own biomass.
Unlike “mushroom leather,” which is compressed mycelium, our patented Fine Mycelium technology engineers mycelium during growth to create the proprietary, interlocking cellular structures that give our material its superior strength and durability.
Exclusive to MycoWorks, the Fine Mycelium process offers the unique advantage of total control over quality and customization. Fine Mycelium materials are custom-grown to our brand partners’ specifications for performance, aesthetic features and more. This gives brands creative control to design from the material on up, while minimizing waste and ensuring consistent quality. Actionable traceability of the Fine Mycelium process allows our experts to capture and apply data at defining moments during production, fully optimizing our products from initial growth to harvest.
Once growth is complete, Fine Mycelium sheets are harvested at our California facility, then tanned and finished using MycoWorks’ proprietary chemistries by traditional leather craftspeople with expertise in creating finished leathers to the highest standards in fashion. In partnership with these heritage artisans, we have leveraged generations of traditional leather tanning expertise adapted to Fine Mycelium’s signature grain and performance capabilities. Our patented process ensures we meet the highest performance standards for leather in fashion and footwear, and we are proud to have published third party testing on our material’s strength and durability.
Fine Mycelium is the proprietary technology behind our flagship, finished material Reishi™ and for exclusive, customized materials created in collaboration with brand partners. Offering unprecedented creative control over quality, performance and aesthetics, Fine Mycelium is a groundbreaking biomaterials platform that enables new design possibilities.