Otaat’s Albert Chu and Myers Collective’s Jenny Myers first met at a party in a kitchen decorated fully in duct tape. Thankfully, this ode to adhesive had little impact on either of their design aesthetics. They were both attending Harvard School of Design and bonded over Los Angeles—Albert’s idea of it and Jenny’s experience living there. A few years passed, and they found themselves meeting again at another get-together, this time in the City of Angels. “We never expected to run into each other in L.A.—I didn’t even know he had moved here—so it was a really fun coincidence. We left talking about our passions and our work,” says Jenny.
“It’s an amazing thing to hang out with somebody who is an awesome person and have it be fresh, twice. Like, how cool is that?” asks Albert. By the time of their L.A. encounter, Albert had already ditched the architecture world and was deep into his line of beautifully functional pouches and bags, but Jenny had yet to take the plunge from making jewelry to selling it. In fact! Jenny credits Albert with being the one to inspire and encourage her to get Myers Collective off the ground.
The two have so much freaking love for each other it was basically a no-brainer that they would eventually collaborate. “I think we wanted to do something that was both super-functional and really fun,” explains Albert of the duo’s first wristlet creation. They are very much on the same page. “We were able to synthesize each other’s designs and pull them together into something that speaks for both of us,” Jenny adds. —jackie varriano
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