"This is about more that jewelry. It is to be worn as Armor. A reminder for each man who wears in to take on each day with great character and courage." - Kenton Michael
Kenton Michael found his creative passion while studying business at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia from 2006 to 2010. His first creative outlet was drawing large scale, detailed black and white drawings, inspired by music (The Shins, Sublime and the Faint) and lyrics that would create a visual concept in his mind, and spill out on paper. After graduating with a Business Management degree he returned home to California in 2010. He immediately got to work to transfer his artwork onto t-shirts by building the silkscreening process with his dad in the garage.
This creative outlet was short lived when given the opportunity for another. Kenton started working with jewelry designer Suzan Zahedi of Studio SUZAN jewelry out of Costa Mesa, California. There he was able to learn the industry and skills of handmade sterling silver jewelry making. It was there that the KENTON MICHAEL Collection was born. He came up with a few leather, sterling and beading techniques that helped form the concept for the debut <M> Collection. He sold his first piece of jewelry at Studio Suzan in summer of 2010. It was then that the KENTON MICHAEL Collection was born.
His first breakthrough opportunity outside of Studio Suzan came when he was given the chance to sell his collection at Garys Men's Store in Fashion Island, Newport Beach, California. The story came full circle when he was setting up the collection in store when a Gary's customer who was visiting from Australia bought the first piece before it was even out on display.
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