Michael M. Cesena was born and raised as an only child in San Diego, California, taking care of his disabled mother while having to raise himself. Being born into a less fortunate lifestyle than most people, he learned many of life's hardships and struggles at a very early age, embracing the strength and resilience of nature and animals around him as his inspiration to keep going. This helped Michael prepare for what lay ahead and the people he would encounter along the way. With academic knowledge and childhood street smarts, he was determined to work hard, make a better life for himself, stay appreciative, and not take anything or anyone for granted. In gratitude, Michael has committed to giving back through donations, respect, and the preservation of nature's gifts that others take for granted.
Nature can survive without us; we can't survive without nature.
In 1997, Michael founded one of the most reputable wholesale clothing showrooms in the fashion district of downtown Los Angeles. He was responsible for the West Coast territory's management and wholesale distribution of men's and women's clothing for Ted Baker of London, BCBG menswear, DKNY, DKNY Jeans, Kenneth Cole, Penguin, House of Dereon, along with Dolce & Gabbana, Roberto Cavalli, and Versace underwear & swimwear. By applying his skills from over 30 years in wholesale/retail fashion and being a proud parent of 2 bulldogs, it was inevitable that he wants the best quality and most stylish pet products that incorporated passion and intent for the good of all pets. Founded on January 19, 2018, Samson's was created to do just that, and the reception has been more than positive.
Michael's approach to distribution comes from experience and observation of the success and quick demise of many clothing labels. Due to over-distribution, retailer price wars lead to a lack of sales and high levels of inventory, and eventually closure. Michael considers strategic distribution as an investment, it's important to him that he establishes a reputable brand that provides a personal experience for his clients, their pets, and assistance for other pets in need. To this day and through self-teaching, Michael continues his responsibilities for the design, sourcing of local manufacturers, photography, photoshop, web design, and all promotional marketing through social media and events.
Michael's memories of Samson & Rocco are constant reminders that genuine kindness and good intentions still exist.
Samson's is a proud supporter of
Magic Bullet Fund
Included in your purchase, a gracious donation is made to assist pets in need who have cancer but cannot afford treatment fees.
For the pets you know and the ones you don't.
Samson, the eldest of my two white English bulldogs, is the brand's inspiration. He had an inescapable personality with an amiable kindness to all. My big baby, love bug, piggy piggy, cutie pie, sweety sweets, & little monster all-in-one. This is Samson's legacy, a reminder of how much our pets mean to us. That a treat is not nearly enough for the love & joy they bring to our lives. With eyes of utter sweetness, you can't help but adore and appreciate them. These are the key ingredients used to create every custom and timeless designed piece. Symbols of all the unconditional love our pets bless us with, in our lives and long after.
Rocco, my youngest bully, was diagnosed with lymphoma at 8 years old. At the time, I had the financial means to cover the expenses. I couldn't imagine having to say my goodbyes just because I wasn't able to afford his medical costs. In researching canine cancer, I found a non-profit called Magic Bullet Fund and learned of all the incredible things they do. They provide financial assistance to people who have a pet with cancer and can't afford treatment fees.
Every piece is designed to represent the gratitude, appreciation, joy, love, and kindness both owners and pets provide one another. Every Samson's product is hand-crafted domestically. Each piece is created especially for you.
Take a look at Samson's unique pet product designs of feeders, toy boxes, and treat jars all with novelty acrylic color accents. Making it easier for you in taking your first step towards owning one of the best functional pet investments you'll ever make for yourself and your pet for life.