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For Mediums Collective, E Pike is the ‘street’ in its streetwear fashion and events - By Capitol Hill Seattle Blog
There is a new style and new energy joining the mix of small independent retailers growing on Capitol Hill’s E Pike.
Brothers Roger and Cesar Maldonado have opened a permanent home for their streetwear and events brand Mediums Collective in the midst of the mix of E Pike small businesses including some longtime neighborhood classics like Honeyhole, Salt & Straw, and the Stitches fabric shop. Newbies like mushroom fashion (yes, mushroom fashion) provider Sporelust! are now adding another layer of good times and shopping to the street.
Roger Maldonado tells CHS Capitol Hill was a natural home for the first store for Mediums after the brand has grown through pop-ups and street markets with many of the events taking place around the Hill. The neighborhood’s fashions also are a natural fit.
In a twist of fortune, the space Mediums now calls home was also where street fashion brand Alive and Well from Li’l Woody’s and Fat’s Chicken owner Marcus Lalario grew on Capitol HIll. “Fashion and streetwear is very alive and well on Capitol Hill and in Seattle,” Maldonado said.
The Maldonado brothers celebrated their late 2022 opening with a banger fashion show to start 2023 that filled the E Pike store with creators, artists, and music.
Mediums Collective hosted their 2023 Runway show and Opening Night party at their location at 705 E Pike St as Roger and Cesar Maldonado hosted a night to remember.
“It’s been a long time coming,” Cesar Maldonado said. “We’ve been grinding for 3000 days and this is a celebration of what we’ve accomplished together with family and friends.”The event featured performances, the runway show, and an afterparty. Attendees included Black Stax, Marshall Hugh of the Marshall Law Band, Robel from the UpNUp Podcast and more.
“This is a monumental occasion our brothers, the people who've been here with us since the very beginning,” Hugh said. “They set up shop. They're having a fashion show. And they're business owners. They've been doing it on the street, they set the example, now we're back on the hill just supporting them and it's authentic."For the Maldonado brothers, it was a truly a full circle moment. After beginning their business selling clothing from bins on the sidewalk, opening a brick and mortar retail space on Capitol Hill is a dream come true.
Mediums Collective is for the chic stoner. For the connoisseur who has an eye for quality. This is streetwear that comes with a luxurious haze outlining it. Since its inception in 2015, Mediums Collective has continued to innovate comfortable clothing outfitted for the on-the-go stoner.
One of my favorite things about living in the Northwest is the ability to wear a sweatshirt year round. I find nothing more comfortable than a sweatshirt, especially when you put it on fresh out of a warm dryer. Seriously, though, nothing beats a big cozy well made hoodie and Mediums Collective knows this.
Their most recent drop is the kind of hoodie you wear to stunt on people. The Quilted Collection is made from heavyweight fabric and is available in three colors that contrast with a creamy base and satin-lined pockets. Through the sleeves, chest, and front pocket you can see a custom quilting pattern.
Hemp makes more than just a pretty pattern as Mediums incorporates hemp into their textiles; their Jasmine Collection of hats are 100% hemp. As well, more than half of the Seattle Tee fabric is made of hemp. Showing how they take timeless techniques and use them to create modern, innovative, and high-quality streetwear. - Read Full Article
"Seattle-based clothing company, Mediums Collective, has been learning to navigate their business through a pandemic. They’ve been able to pivot in the way that they operate, creating new platforms and creative opportunities for economic empowerment within the artistic community and local small businesses.
Taylor: Let’s discuss the journey y’all have been on this past year. Talk to me about how you guys shifted into what you’re doing now with these collaborative pop-up events.
Roger: What we’ve wanted to do with these collaborative spaces is bring together everyone’s network. It’s good for the culture, it’s good for brands, it’s good for business. Without a storefront, I feel like we’ve always had to come up with innovative ways to put the brand out there. Even before COVID happened we were going out to Cali, Colorado, Vegas, going to all of the trade shows, High Times Cannabis Cup, etc. So we had the idea to do another pop-up but instead of spending $3k in another community let’s spend that on Seattle. We were planning an event and then 2020 happened and everything became more political.
So now, these pop-up events are really what Mediums is focusing on, creating the platforms to put people on, collaborating with Marshall and other artists to help put each other on. We’re doing a few small clothing drops, we got the spring line that we dropped, we got summer shit coming. I have some plans for my more designer type clothing for fall and winter, with a whole fashion show. But, right now, we are working on getting credibility with throwing events. We’re running all summer long with lots of events so that come winter we can take it indoors and maintain the same energy. The name of the game is to really just do cool shit, and put each other on. - Read Full Article
More than 100 small businesses owned by people of color in King and Pierce Counties are getting a big boost to start the New Year off right. Comcast announced on Nov. 23 that it will award these businesses $10,000 each – for a total of $1 million in grants – along with technology and marketing resources through the Comcast RISE program.
Among the nearly 6,700 entrepreneurs nationwide who have been selected through the Comcast RISE program is Mediums Collective, a Seattle and Tacoma-based high-end contemporary streetwear business founded by Roger Maldonado and his brother Cesar. After graduating from the University of Washington, Roger sought to pursue his passion for creativity and design and Cesar jumped right on board. Since 2014 they have been building their brand and selling their merchandise at community and music events and through pop-up appearances at local stores to promote those businesses as well. - Read Full Article
PODCASTS & INTERVIEWS:
- Nast Podcast with Mediums Collective and How they got Started:
- Shaking Up Seattle Streetwear with @MediumsCollective - UNTAPPED POTENTIAL EP. 28 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVObH7n4x6o