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MycoWorks
Leather without the cow
Founded
2013
Employees*
101-250
Funding to Date*
$62M
Website
mycoworks.com
Matthew L. Scullin, PhD, CEO
I think it's it's really unique that MycoWorks is a company that was born out of culture and out of an artistic practice as much as it was born out of an interest in science and technology and changing the world through all of these things.
A pair of boots requires about 12,370 litres of water to produce, or that the water footprint of one leather tote bag is 17,128 litres.

MycoWorks is a biotechnology company founded by artists with the mission to create a platform for the highest quality materials using Fine Mycelium . Drawing on over two decades of pioneering research and innovation by our creative founding team, MycoWorks’ proprietary Fine Mycelium platform has enabled a new class of premium, non-animal materials that are the next evolution in mycelium. The company mission is to using the tools of biotechnology, manufacturing excellence and creative, master craftsmanship to grow the future of materials.

MycoWorks is at the forefront of the movement to bring circularity and sustainability to the fashion industry. They recently annouced a landmark partnership with Hermès for a new material Sylvania, a hybrid of nature and biotechnology. Fine Mycelium™, the genesis of Sylvania, is produced in the MycoWorks facility. It is then tanned and finished in France by the Hermès tanners to further refine its strength and durability, and shaped into a luxury travel bag at the workshops by the Hermès craftspeople. The company’s flagship product Reishi™ — a non-animal, non-plastic leather that performs like cowhide — designed as a proprietary woven cellular microstructure inspired from animal leather. Reishi™ is available for sale for stakeholders across the textiles industry from running shoes to the runway.