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Hats off to Reishi

Exclusive worn patina of the material showcased through the distinct styles of the new collection.

19th July 2022

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Emeryville, CA, USA

Clothing/​Footwear, Sustainable

The Reishi Collection by luxury hatmaker Nick Fouquet introduces the mycelium material of MycoWorks, headquartered in Emeryville, California, to the fashion market.

“We are elated that consumers can now wear and enjoy designs made with Reishi,” said Sophia Wang, MycoWorks co-founder. “MycoWorks partners with craftspeople and brands with whom we share artistic values and this collection exhibits the unique hand feel and versatility of our material.”

MycoWorks’ Fine Mycelium technology engineers mycelium – the infinitely renewable root structure of mushrooms – as it grows, to the exact specifications of designers for hand feel, texture, strength and functionality. Reishi is a luxury, natural material that matches the performance of the highest quality animal leathers with lower environmental impact.

For the Reishi Collection, Nick Fouquet leveraged all-natural, 100% plastic-free Reishi as the base material for the Reishi Boletus and as decorative trims for the Coprinus and Morchella hats.

“Our clients want luxury made from materials that feel good and that they feel good about,” said Nick Fouquet. “MycoWorks Reishi is the only leather alternative we’ve seen that matches the beauty, quality, and functionality of traditional leather. Reishi feels organic and rich, and has a beautiful, worn patina that we showcase through the distinct styles of the new collection.”

MycoWorks will continue commercialising Reishi with a range of carefully heritage brands and new, independent designers.

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