“There is no purpose if you’re not able to share what you have, what you know, or what you do with others. Those people impacted our lives, and I hope that I can do that for others in some way.”
— T Ngu
Eight years ago, T Ngu began making the kind of jewelry she wanted to wear—clean designs reflecting the beauty around her. “There wasn’t a lot of minimalist jewelry out there, something you can wear everyday that looks great on pretty much anyone,” she says.
After mere months on the scene, bloggers and buyers alike fell in love with her jewelry line, Upper Metal Class. Finding herself working through the night, T quit her day job to focus on her business.
In April 2017, she jumped on an opportunity for a storefront on NE Sandy. Her new shop, Project Object, features work by women, LGBTQ makers, and people of color, a beautiful curation of art, home and paper goods, clothing, and her own designs.
Donating 10 percent of revenues, T finds joy not in building her own wealth but in helping others. In her pop-up event space and gallery, T often collaborates with local businesses such as Via Raiz and hosts events like Dia de los Muertos: A Benefit for Mexico, where all proceeds were donated to earthquake relief.
As T puts it, “There is no purpose if you’re not able to share what you have, what you know, or what you do with others. Those people impacted our lives, and I hope that I can do that for others in some way.”
Storyteller: Nicole Buchanan | Photos: Kim Nguyen | Published: February 2018
Address: 2502 NE Sandy Blvd.