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On March 10, we launched the world’s first ever human-made spider silk consumer product, a knit silk necktie. Why a tie?
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.
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.)
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?
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.
Bolt Threads lives at the intersection of the two seemingly disparate worlds: fashion and biotechnology. We realize that technology and textiles aren’t so different after all: in fact, they have a long history of intertwining. (For an excellent longread, check out Virginia Postrel’s essay “How Textiles Repeatedly Revolutionized Human Technology”) (more…)
Today our CEO Dan spoke on a panel about the future of fashion at TechCrunch Disrupt, where he shared our vision for a future of better, more sustainably-made textiles. The textile industry is responsible for monumentally high levels of pollution and waste; in designing new materials, we’re taking advantage of a rare opportunity to design manufacturing processes as sustainably as possible. (more…)