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Michael Ward + Michael Smaldone

Our Curriculum Vitae Q&A with two native New Yorkers combining their creative years of learnings and experiences to create thesalting - a unisex brand that equally combines the raw and the refined with a holistic approach to design.

Astrological sign?
Michael Ward: Aquarius
Michael Smaldone: Virgo

Lucky number?
MW: 24
MS: 3

Favorite color?
MW: Blue
MS: Blue

Morning, Noon, or Night?
MW: Yes
MS: Morning

Uptown, Midtown or Downtown?
MW: Downtown
MS: Downtown

Oscars, Tonys or Grammys?
MW: Oscars
MS: Tonys

Met, MOMA or Movies?
MW: Movies
MS: All three.

Football, Baseball, or Basketball?
MW: Ugh.
MS: Baseball

Green Tea, Black Tea, or Herbal Tea?
MW: Black tea
MS: Black tea

Sugar, Splenda, or Stevia?
MW: sugar
MS: sugar

Red, White, or Rosé?
MW: White
MS: White

Spicy, salty, or sweet?
MW: Love all, but for some reason feel the need to say SALTY!! xx
MS: Equal across the board.

Sandwich, soup, or salad?
MW: Sandwich
MS: Salad

Black, white or color?
MW: Yes
MS: All three

Is your closet messy or neat?
MW: Neat
MS: Neat

What’s your favorite room?
MW: Living room
MS: Kitchen

What do you collect?
MW: Playbills: starting with my parents outings in the 1970s.
MS: Hats

Dream dinner guest?
MW: My dad.
MS: Virginia Woolf

Sunday ritual?
MW: Coffee and fresh air with my husband
MS: Gardening

Favorite flower?
MW: Peony
MS: Poppy

Cheat meal?
MW: New York pizza
MS: Chicken parmesan

Talent you’d like to have?
MW: The piano
MS: Play a musical instrument

Quality you want to be remembered by?
MW: Kindness and being a fierce friend
MS: A good friend

Best thing about New York?
MW: Opportunity
MS: 24/7 freedom

What does Considered Luxury mean to you?
MW: Being delicious without being obnoxious.
MS: Elevated essentials.