Student creates tech-wear
Towson sophomore Kai Alexander Jacob runs a business using old, discarded computer hardware. But, he doesn’t repair the hardware, or even work with the computers at all. Jacob’s business, called Le Geeky Treats, consists of jewelry that he makes out of computer parts.
“Back in 2011 one of my really close friends that I go to conventions with had a bracelet around her neck, it was all beaded out, decorated and cool,” Jacob said. “I asked her if she minds if I take that idea, she said, ‘go for it.’”
As a computer science major, Jacob decided to take the idea to the next level.
“One of the first times I opened up my Dell desktop and looked inside, I said, ‘Oh yes, awesome,’” he said. “So I started to play with hardware. I was inspired in that way.”
When Jacob first opened his business it only consisted of necklaces, something he was into at the time, but eventually he started to create earrings and bracelets, and he plans to continue expanding.
“I work out of my bedroom when making these jewelry pieces,” Jacob said. “I use a point tip tool and hammer to get all the holes into my products for the chains, but things are progressing now that I have a drill.”
Jacob is able to get most of his hardware from close friends who work with computers and have spare parts, or he orders his products from eBay. The crowd he caters to is typically anyone who is interested in cyber technology fashion, he said.
“A lot of the people who have bought my products are friends of mine who I go to conventions with that happen to be into the Cyber Goth/Tech fashion,” Jacob said. “Although I also do appeal to teenagers who really don’t care about the way they look, but just wear them because they think they’re really cool.”
Through his work, Jacob has gained repeat customers like fellow computer enthusiast and Carroll Community College freshman Eric Leikach, who owns one of Jacob’s necklaces, and also plans to purchase earrings from Le Geeky Treats.
“Me, personally, I build computers,” Leikach said. “…I see people wearing shark teeth as necklaces, why not a piece of ram attached to anything you want it to? I think it’s amazing that [Jacob] created it.”
Another of Jacob’s customers is Laura Rogalski, a student at the University of Maryland and a self-idetified member of the Cyber Goth community. She said she likes Jacob’s jewelry because it is unique.
“Apart from being some piece of jewelry, its meaningful too to whoever makes it,” Godvixen said. “I think the most important thing for them to know is to know what they are supporting a local artists instead of buying something from Hot Topic or Claire’s. What you are getting has a high quality. It is unique and is less expensive that what you are getting at mass-produced places.”
And though Jacob generates revenue from his store, he said at the end of the day, it’s really about the customers.
“As long as they are happy, I am happy,” Jacob said. “That’s all I really care about. I don’t care about the money. I just care about making people happy.” Visit his website at etsy.com/shop/LeGeekyTreats.