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OF orly genger by jaclyn mayer

In 2008, Jaclyn Mayer (right) got together with Orly Genger, who she had met years before at a gallery in Chelsea, to talk about a necklace. Orly, an installation artist who makes giant, knotted rope sculptures, needed something unique to wear to an upcoming show. And she wanted Jaclyn, a jewelry designer who was moving back to NYC after fashion school in London, to make it for her. As they caught up, Jaclyn began to play around with some of the raw materials lying on Orly’s floor. “She just started picking up rope, weaving chain through it, and all of a sudden, there was this delicate, little piece,” Orly says from that same whitewashed studio in Brooklyn where they had their first get-together.

The creation, inspired by Orly’s sculptures, was a hit at the exhibit, and before they knew it, requests started to roll in. They never intended for it to turn into a business, but planned or not, they were onto something. Now in their sixth collection, the

two keep pushing their go-to material forward: knotting, casting, and dip-dyeing it. Yes, they’ve sure gotten a lot out of a pile of rope sitting on a dusty cement floor in Brooklyn. lydia woolever


Behind The Scenes

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    Jaclyn Mayer and Orly Genger Borough Hop Why choose between Manhattan and Brooklyn?The Orly Genger by Jaclyn Mayer collaboration—a range of strong, streamlined rope jewelry—is more than just a story of two friends. It’s a tale of two cities—or, well, two boroughs, to be exact. Jaclyn, an accessories designer, works in Manhattan and lives in Brooklyn; Orly, an installation artist, works in Brooklyn and lives in Manhattan. They met many moons ago, when Jaclyn was managing an art gallery in Chelsea where Orly was showing her work, and ... READ MORE »
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    7 Austin Must-Hits From Orly Genger and Jaclyn Mayer Art museums and cowboy boots (y’all).Gotta love a work trip that doubles as a vacation. When Jaclyn Mayer and Orly Genger got the chance to head to Austin—both to do a trunk show for their slick jewelry line and an event for one of Orly’s sicker-than-sick art installations—they made a whole thing of it. They booked a three-day trip, shacked up at the architect Charles Moore’s former house—that’s Jaclyn standing in front of its sick pool above­—and hit the town. Here’s what they think every vi... READ MORE »
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    Casting Call with Orly Genger and Jaclyn Mayer Turning rope into something even stronger.The strong, feminine mood board in the Orly Genger by Jaclyn Mayer studio.As far as Orly Genger and Jaclyn Mayer see things, jewelry doesn’t have to be about glitz. Instead, they’ve shaped their line around appealingly tough hunks of metal, layers of candy-colored paint, and rope traditionally used by sailors and climbers. In fact, that last component finds its way into nearly every design the duo dreams up, but it shape-shifts. “We’re inspired by our... READ MORE »