The Spool

Guest post by Joshua Katcher: Stella McCartney Thinks This Technology Will Save the World

At our recent celebration with Stella McCartney, we were lucky enough to be joined by our friend and sustainable fashion expert Joshua Katcher. Mr. Katcher is an Adjunct Professor at the Parsons School of Design and Founder of Brave GentleMan & The Discerning Brute. He’s on the cutting edge of innovation in fashion and he truly understands the significance of our partnership with Stella McCartney. He wrote his thoughts about our celebration and our partnership with Stella McCartney in an article for the Huffington Post, which we liked so much we’ve shared it below.

 

The future of fashion is already on display

Our partnership with Stella McCartney has shown that the future of fashion isn’t just in the lab – it’s on the catwalk, in the museum, and on its way to your wardrobe. (more…)

We’ve made a new friend in the fashion world

Today we’re thrilled to announce a partnership with Stella McCartney, a world-renowned brand known for its dedication to eco-innovation. We’ll be unveiling our first collaborative product, a one-of-a-kind custom dress made entirely of Bolt Microsilk™ at the New York Museum of Modern Art’s upcoming exhibit “Items: Is Fashion Modern?” opening October 1st. (more…)

Channeling Spider-Man

What’s blue and red and webbed all over? Spider-Man: Homecoming, the latest installment of our favorite superhero film franchise. We often get compared to Spider-Man, and although we’re not superhuman, we share Peter Parker’s love of science and we’re using technology to make materials we think he’d be proud of. (more…)

Designing a BoltSpun tie: Conversations with a material

On March 10, we launched the world’s first ever human-made spider silk consumer product, a knit silk necktie. Why a tie?

 

Boltspun knit tie

Our friend and silk expert Fiorenzo Omenetto models the tie with panache

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SXSWhy?

If you haven’t heard, we’ll be presenting special news at SXSW on March 11. The festival began in 1987 as a way for local Austin musicians and creatives to showcase their talents. So why are we appearing at a creative festival?

SXSW logo

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Jin-Kyung, Product Manager – A Story of Unlikely Pairings

In our previous post, we introduced the story of our beginning and our founders. The Spool will continue to showcase the stories of our many team members, from scientific researchers to apparel designers.

 

Jin-Kyung, Product Manager – A Story of Unlikely Pairings

Jin-Kyung being empathetic

Jin-Kyung practicing her awesome listening and analysis skills

Just as Bolt Threads blends the seemingly unrelated worlds of science and fashion, Jin-Kyung possesses an unlikely combination of talents: data analysis and empathy.

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How It All Began

Bolt Threads is a team of eighty people with robust technology nearing product release, but our path here wasn’t inevitable and we certainly didn’t get here overnight!

It all started back when our co-founders Dan, David, and Ethan met in 2009. (Cue the flashback harp sound effects.)

Bolt founders

Dan is not only a great CEO; he doubles as a sturdy armrest

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How Much Does It Cost to Make Spider Silk Without Spiders?

If you’re a regular reader of The Spool you already know that we’re not the first group to harness the power of spider silk, either from spiders themselves or by developing technology.

The many approaches used over time have various advantages and disadvantages, including cost of manufacture. In fact, one of the questions we get asked most often is: How much will your silk sell for?

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The Interwoven Paths of Tech and Textiles – Part 2

The previous post of The Spool dove into the history of technology in textiles from the Stone Age through the Industrial Revolution. But the love story between tech and textiles didn’t end there.

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