By  on September 5, 2018

PARIS — Lab-grown alternatives to leather are inching closer to becoming a market reality. Among the latest advances in the field, Californian materials innovation start-up Bolt Threads has launched the first “commercially available” product made from Mylo, a leatherlike material made using mycelium, the underground root structure of a mushroom.

Available for preorder today on Kickstarter is a utilitarian unisex tote made from the biomaterial, designed with Portland-based brand Chester Wallace. Deliveries will begin in spring 2019.

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