Animal leather is so 1st century. Introducing The Mylo™ Driver Bag.
The Mylo™ Driver Bag is the world’s first commercially available product made from Mylo, a new sustainable material made from mycelium, the underground root structure of mushrooms. The unisex tote represents the future of accessories, combining innovative and cultivated materials with high-quality design.
Mylo. Rooted in Nature.
Mylo is a modern take on leather grown from mycelium, the root structure of mushrooms.
Mycelium, the world’s coolest organism.
Mycelium grows underground in soil. It forms vast networks of threads that help recycle organic matter on the forest floor while providing nutrients to plants and trees. The threads interweave and self-assemble into a 3D matrix that can spread for miles.
Mylo looks like hand-crafted leather and shares the same warm touch and suppleness - and because we control the growth environment and process, we're able to manipulate the material’s properties and make each Mylo™ Driver bag truly one-of-a-kind.
Our friends at Ecovative pioneered this mycelium fabrication technology, which literally grew out of the great work they've been doing in creating soft flexible foams. We're optimizing this technology to produce commercial-ready Mylo™ material and bring products to market that consumers will love.
Mylo is created by combining mycelium cells with a substrate of corn stalks and nutrients. Over 10 days the cells grow into the substrate, creating an interconnected mass that can be made into almost any size. The result is a material that looks and feels remarkably like animal leather. Yet Mylo can be produced in days versus years, without the material waste of using animal hides or the toxic chemicals used in producing synthetic leathers.
Designed in collaboration with Portland-based brand Chester Wallace, the Bolt Projects Mylo™ Driver Bag is a unisex tote, crafted with practical functionality top of mind. A recreation of Chester Wallace’s classic Driver silhouette, every bag is hand-cut and sewn in Portland, OR and constructed entirely from Bolt Threads’ Mylo™ material, paired with a canvas base. The bag features a durable carry-all silhouette with two internal and three external organization pockets.
Known for premium craftsmanship and a commitment to high quality products, Chester Wallace was the perfect partner for us to bring our vision to life, given the brand’s in-depth understanding of dynamic material behavior and careful attention to detail.
The Mylo Puzzle Pouch was cleverly designed by our product team in the Bolt Threads Studio to strategically use excess pieces of Mylo from pattern cutting, which fit together like a puzzle. The puzzle is stitched onto a canvas base, which closes neatly with a brass zipper. Whether you're looking for modular storage inside your Mylo™ Driver Bag or need a small on-the-go storage solution, this pouch is the missing (puzzle) piece you've been looking for.
Bolt Threads is a science and technology company creating the next generation of nature-inspired materials. Bolt Projects is our design and innovation studio - it’s our playground where we experiment and make things with the materials developed at Bolt Threads.
We believe that answers to our most vexing problems can be found in nature. Every day we’re inspired by the amazing materials we work with, and driven by the desire to turn these materials into incredible products.
We are a venture backed, idea driven company, led by world-class scientific and engineering talent, as well as experienced executives from the technology and apparel industries.
CUTTING-EDGE OF MATERIAL INNOVATION
We're pushing the boundaries of biomaterial development, and we'd love for you to join us on our journey. If you back the bag, you'll be part of our experiment and we'll look to you for your invaluable feedback. As we pioneer this field, we're expecting the unexpected - so if anything unexpected happens to your bag, we'll fix or replace it for up to five years.
- Fall 2018: Transitioning Mylo growth to commercial-scale production
- Winter 2019: Commercial-scale Mylo production commences
- Spring 2019: Chester Wallace receives batches of Mylo and begins hand-crafting each bag
- Winter 2019: First bags delivered to backers
Risks and challenges
The main risks are associated with timelines. We're fully confident in our ability to deliver bags, but projected timelines may shift forward or backward a bit, based on variables like: Time to experiment and refine the growth process so that it translates from R&D scale to commercial production scale, timelines and minimum order quantities of tanneries that will be tanning Mylo before it goes into bag construction, and time to make modifications to bag to optimize functionality of design.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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