Who We Are
Abstract Discovery LLC, a startup Founded in 2018 of November 29th by Joseph Mayuyo, Leonard Diva, and Christy Angeles. At the age of 14, Joseph started freelancing as a funeral photographer. Despite landing several gigs, becoming a funeral photographer was not what he pictured for his life. He began selling on eBay by selling things that he didn’t need anymore. He would continue his miniature entrepreneurship and met Leonard Diva through the grapevine. Same city, same age, same product, caused a little bit of tension. It wasn’t until seven years later where Joseph and Leonard decided to partner up. They were both similar in many ways and in many ways they did differ. What started out as competing against each other, brought an alliance into existence.
An Abstract Discovery
occurs when you capture a moment of clarity in the midst of chaos. Joseph had just returned from a two-year missionary trip. He shared the message with Leonard and was baptized. The pair wanted to create a business that was honest and meaningful. Something that was completely different from their past lives. They were tired of mediocrity, being underpaid, and undervalued. They understood the blueprint business model of the hova way. But instead of taking that shortcut and miss aligning their morals, the two started a clothing company by the name, “Able Rx Apparel.” To this day, that is the name of the clothing division under Abstract Discovery LLC.
The meaning of Able Rx is too deep of a concept.
They later learned wouldn’t sell as a clothing brand because of this. The pair were often labeled as, “delusional, wanna-be’s, outsiders” but the one that got to them the most was, “unfit.”
Which we heard a lot from our employers. Leonard was working in customer service at Ross. Joseph was working at as a medication-technician at a psychiatric-residential living facility. That’s where the origin of the name Able Rx came about. Joseph was speaking to a resident while giving them their daily medication and she asked, “What are you doing here?“
Joseph answered, “I’m working? This is my job. I’m here to help you manage your medication.”
She continued, “No, I mean, what are you doing here? Someone your age should not be in a place like this. It’s full of damaged people that want nothing more than for you to feel their pain.”
Joseph then responded, “Well, if that’s the case, I’m not too far off. Maybe that’s why this is the only job that would hire me. No one is dying to have this job. If anything, the only difference between me and the residents is that I get to go home at the end of my shift.”
She took her medication and chased it down with some warm water.
There was a minute of silence before she said, “This place should only teach you how to not end up here. You’re not as unable as you think you are. Give yourself some credit, there’s eighty to a hundred patients here and only one of you at night. Not that many people have persevered as long as you have. The way they leave you without any help. After all, crazy people don’t know that they’re crazy.”
As she walked out of the meditation room, she said, “start telling yourself that you’re able. If you keep telling yourself that, maybe you’ll start to believe it.”
Joseph responded as he was preparing medication for another patient, “I’ll try it out. Maybe even put it on a shirt.” The patient Joseph was preparing meds for said, “I’d be your first customer. Off the clock of course.”
Long story short, Joseph and Leonard bought a heat press, some vinyl, a lot of t-shirts, and got to work. They made over 50 shirts. The amount they spent on everything wasn’t even close to the number of sales. They only sold about 10. It seemed like they failed. It became much harder to represent the word Able Rx when you can’t even sell out.
When things seemed to be at the lowest point, the pandemic came, and Joseph loss his job.
On his last day of work, he gave the t-shirts to one of the residents. When it was time for him to clock out and signed the papers, he felt like the biggest failure. He was scared to go home and bring the news.
As he walked out of the medication room one last time, many of the residents came out to say goodbye.
Joseph had his head down, embarrassed and ashamed. A resident passed by wearing one the shirts and he said, “keep your head up boy–life goes on.” Joseph raised his head and saw everyone wearing the t-shirts.
The story doesn’t end there, rather that was the beginning of all of this you see now. That’s our story. Besides Leonard leaving the company a few months later, the show had to go on. That Abstract Discovery Joseph had given him hope. There is perseverance and a story of struggle mended in our fabrics.
It’s not just the art or lack thereof, it’s a clear understanding that we’re bigger than our problems and our present circumstances don’t define us. It’s an everyday lifestyle to remind us that warriors win before they go to war.