Future of Fashion: Innovative BioLeather: Zoa by Modern Meadow
Modern Meadow is a New York based company growing animal-free, animal materials. Through DNA editing, non-animal cells are designed to produce collagen, the predominant protein found in animal skin. The collagen is then grown, purified, and biofabricated to create materials with the same natural building blocks that make up traditional leather. Freed from the structure of animal skin, biofabrication enables design and manufacture capabilities that are impossible with traditional leather. Here, Zoa assumes the form of liquid leather. Able to morph to any shape and combine with other materials, Zoa constructs a garment through liquid assembly instead of stitching.
What is Zoa bioleather and how did you create it?
Zoa™ is the world’s first bioleather materials brand. Made by Modern Meadow, Zoa is the company’s first generation of materials created with nature’s essential protein, collagen, but grown without animal derivatives. Supple, durable, and flexible in form, Zoa biofabricated leather materials open up new possibilities in design and manufacturing not possible with traditional leather. Modern Meadow is currently partnering with world-class brands across luxury and consumer goods categories to grow products of Zoa, slated for release in 2019.
At Modern Meadow we design the DNA of yeast to produce collagen. We then ferment the yeast, much like you would brew beer, to grow billions of collagen-producing cells. We purify this collagen and assemble it into unique material structures. We tan and finish our materials in a similar but lighter way to leather.