This might sound like the craziest idea ever, but darn it, it is real and authentic and might just become your next ostrich-like leather wallet.
The world has always been in love with the softness, beauty and durability of real cow’s leather. However, there is the cruelty factor when you consider the eventual slaughter of these magnificent creatures. So, artist Phil Ross has found a better way which is kinder to animals and the environment.
Ross’ company is called Mycoworks, and what they basically do is grow leather-like material from the dense root structure of mushrooms. It’s an unbelievable process that will yield stunning works of fashion for clothing and accessories in the near future. The mushroom skins can be created or manipulated to mimic expensive leathers like ostrich, cow and snake, and no animals were harmed during the procedure.
Even more fascinating is the organic incubation technology itself. For instance, while the mushroom skin is growing, one could add zippers or other hardware right into the hide. Because mushroom skin is an organic fiber, it also breathes like conventional leathers and feels great with a similar texture.
It’s pretty genius and a cool example of a simple fungus found in the dirt coupled with the advancement of science and technology. The company explains it like this:
“MycoWorks is building a better world with nature’s best tools.”
Mycoworks designed their first mushroom leather wallet, and it is quite a handsome accessory. No one would ever guess that it weren’t real leather, except for maybe the artist himself Phil Ross.
Mycoworks is definitely a brand to keep watching in the fashion future.