Nick Fouquet must’ve figured Hermès was on to something, in fact, because he’s following suit with some shroomy headwear.
LA-based Fouquetis a luxury hatmaker to the stars, whose bespoke clients include everyone from
Fouquet’s latest work isn’t just for the rich ‘n stylish, though: it’s for the Earth.
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Alongside two typically expensive hats trimmed with MycoWorks’ Fine Mycelium — a proprietary leather alternative that’s individually grown to a designer’s desired texture, strength, and intention — Fouquethas also concocted the first-ever piece of Fine Mycelium headwear: an all-purpose mycelium bucket hat.
What may have been a wild idea decades ago is de rigueur today.
But Fouquet’s MycoWorks hat collection is less demonstrative of mushroom mycelium’s usefulness as a leather alternative — textile developers are already hip to this — and more of a promo for MycoWorks’ “Reishi” tech.
MycoWorks touts Reishi, the finished product that comes from its Fine Mycelium program, as an “all-natural, plastic-free, and animal-free” leather alternative with a lower environmental footprint than conventional leather, with all the sturdiness of the stuff that comes from cows.
“I’m always on the lookout for renewable fabrics to work with,” Fouquet said in a statement. “To me, it’s important to create and see the results, not premeditate the process. The moment I saw [MycoWorks Reishi], I had to get my hands on it.”
Of course, nothing is perfect.
Plus, just by virtue of the impact from shipping and manufacturing, nothing in the fashion biz is ever entirely “
But, like I so often say when new products are introduced into the industry, it’s at least heartening to see a step towards some degree of progress. Perhaps one day, all leather will be replaced with mycelium of some form but, for now, you can at least wear some shrooms on your head.