Growing up in Poughkeepsie, NY Dan Gamache was constantly surrounded by art. His late Grandmother, Aileen, was an art teacher and loved drawing, a passion and a talent which he inherited. When Dan wasn’t playing baseball, he was in his Grandmother’s studio sketching his own sneaker designs and copying portraits out of “Slam” magazine. Years later, Dan went on to play Baseball on a scholarship and major in fine arts at the College of Saint Rose in NY, never losing his passion for art or his love of sneakers.
By the summer of 2004 Dan became disenchanted with the designs and colorways that major brands were putting out. Curious to see if he could do better, he decided to customize his own pair of sneakers. After slathering different shades of purple on a pair of beat up Air Max 90s in his basement, the first pair of custom kicks were created and Mache Custom Kicks was born.
Mache (pronounced “MOSH”) as he is now called, practiced effortlessly to perfect his craft and build his brand. Through communication with fellow customizers and pure trial and error Mache started to create a niche for himself in the once thought of “Underground” genre called sneaker customizing.
Little by little he grew with the trends, improving his techniques and broadening his clientele. When he started, his work could only be seen at the local barber shop, but nowadays his work can be seen in galleries, on the feet of sneaker fans, Celebrities and athletes like Wale, Kanye West and Kobe Bryant. Over the years Mache has even been featured in numerous sneaker and fashion blogs as well as established publications like Sole Collector, Sneaker Freaker and Complex.