Michael Kalish is an artist, a sculptor and designer. If you haven’t heard his name before, you are missing out. Twenty years ago he was repurposing materials before upcycling became cool.
He grew up in Georgia with a love for art. He knew if he wanted a serious career, he would need a unique medium. In his travels, he picked up an old license plate and was captivated with its color, texture and reflective shine. He picked up another – and another and he began creating something new, lasting, something of beauty.
Today Michael lives in California and is world known. His connections include the family of Mohammad Ali and partnering with DRIVE4COPD. Art critics have stated that his work is transformational and being surrounded by his work makes one feel like the best days are yet to come. This video is a bit long (5 minutes), but shows a man who stayed true to himself, followed his destiny and continues to do well for the world around him.
This week Michael introduced a men’s wear lifestyle brand, Kalish & Sons. The project comes after years of research and travel across America to find pieces for his Made in the U.S. collection – a portfolio of quality of goods inspired by the most skilled American craftsman. The line includes a classic chore coat, a utilitarian duffel bag, limited-edition canvas prints and an artisan-thrown Sunset Hill Stoneware mug.
A great American story. Congratulations to Michael and to all who have the passion and maintain the perseverance to follow their dreams.
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