By  on August 27, 2018

PARIS — Skins grown in a lab. For shoppers of luxury leather goods, such a concept could take some mental adjustment. But with fur a taboo subject and premium skins limited in supply, biofabricated alternatives to animal byproducts could soon be part of the scenery.

Deep science takes time. But over the past five years, pioneers of a new animal-free material world have emerged on the landscape. These include New York’s Modern Meadow, a bioleather specialist that counts luxury veteran Anna Bakst on its board, and Bolt Threads, the Emeryville, Calif.-based materials innovation start-up specializing in synthetic spider silk.

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