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Debuting the world's best alternative to animal leather in a beautiful, sustainably-made vegan tote. Be the first to own it.
Debuting the world's best alternative to animal leather in a beautiful, sustainably-made vegan tote. Be the first to own it.
Debuting the world's best alternative to animal leather in a beautiful, sustainably-made vegan tote. Be the first to own it.
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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. 

At the $150 reward level you'll receive The Mylo Puzzle Pouch, which the Bolt Projects team designed to fit neatly inside the functional Mylo Driver tote.
At the $150 reward level you'll receive The Mylo Puzzle Pouch, which the Bolt Projects team designed to fit neatly inside the functional Mylo Driver tote.
The Bolt Projects team designed an embossed Mylo key fob to give you even more options for functional, stylish accessories made out of Mylo
The Bolt Projects team designed an embossed Mylo key fob to give you even more options for functional, stylish accessories made out of Mylo
Check out a sneak-peek review of The Mylo Driver Bag at The Discerning Brute
Check out a sneak-peek review of The Mylo Driver Bag at The Discerning Brute
Joshua Katcher of The Discerning Brute digs the Mylo Puzzle Pouch
Joshua Katcher of The Discerning Brute digs the Mylo Puzzle Pouch

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.

MATERIAL DEVELOPMENT 

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.

TOTE DESIGN 

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. 

CLUTCH DESIGN

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.

At the exclusive $1,000 pledge level, you'll be the proud owner of the Mylo puzzle pouch and key fob, designed by Bolt Projects, in addition to a customized Mylo Driver Bag. You'll also get an exclusive in-person tour to see how we grow and design Mylo
At the exclusive $1,000 pledge level, you'll be the proud owner of the Mylo puzzle pouch and key fob, designed by Bolt Projects, in addition to a customized Mylo Driver Bag. You'll also get an exclusive in-person tour to see how we grow and design Mylo

OUR TEAM

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. 

TIMELINE

  1. Fall 2018: Transitioning Mylo growth to commercial-scale production
  2. Winter 2019: Commercial-scale Mylo production commences
  3. Spring 2019: Chester Wallace receives batches of Mylo and begins hand-crafting each bag
  4. Spring 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.

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    Mylo key fob

    Want a piece of the mylo action but aren't quite ready to commit to the Puzzle Pouch or Driver bag yet? This key fob is your chance to own a piece of material innovation! Crafted from the same Mylo used in the Driver bag and the Puzzle Pouch, each fob is embossed with the MYLO logo so you can show off your exclusive ownership of one the first pieces of Mylo™ mycelium leather.

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    Mylo Puzzle Pouch

    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.

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    The Mylo Driver Bag unisex tote

    The Mylo Driver bag functional unisex tote is the launch of a brand new material, Mylo™ mycelium leather. Mylo is supple and warm to the touch, but unlike leather, is animal-free. Be the first to own this limited edition bag made of the world's best leather substitute.

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    Custom embossed Mylo Driver Bag

    The Mylo Driver bag unisex tote is the launch of a brand new material, Mylo™ mycelium leather. Be the first to own this limited edition bag made of the world's best leather substitute.

    Make your mark with this reward, which includes a custom emboss of your bag with your chosen initials and bag number, as well as a key fob embossed with the signature MYLO logo.

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    Bag, pouch, fob, and experience

    The Mylo Driver bag unisex tote is the launch of a brand new material, Mylo™ mycelium leather. Be the first to own this limited edition bag made of the world's best leather substitute. With this backing, you'll also receive a Mylo puzzle pattern pouch and key fob designed by Bolt Projects and get a one-of -a-kind behind the scenes tour of our Emeryville labs and product development studio. We'll let you in on our mycelium technology and our thinking behind the building of the bag.

    While we aren't able to reimburse your flight and accommodations, you will go out to lunch with a Bolt Threads executive and get to pick our brains about how we engineer new materials from scratch and use them to design new products.

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    The ultimate Mylo experience

    This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore the cutting-edge of both science and art and customize your very own product. You'll go behind the scenes, where no one else has ventured before, and spend two days growing and designing Mylo in our Grow Labs and Product Studio.

    Day one will be all science: You'll spend time with our Chief Scientific Officer, observe our grow process, and grow your very own Mylo batch in our grow lab.

    Day two you'll get artsy: You'll work with our VP of Product Development to prototype your own custom Mylo small accessory with our design team.

    The fine print:
    Travel - We'll book and pay for your travel (transportation to Emeryville and two nights in a hotel) within the continental US.
    Exclusion - This is an opportunity for a superfan, not for industry espionage. We reserve the right to terminate a backer if we determine their interest is competitive or ill-intentioned, rather than creative.

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