Meden is a new women’s contemporary collection from four guys looking for a fashion project. Three of the line’s partners hail from the professional sports world: Derek Roy plays hockey for the St. Louis Blues; Mike Napoli is an infielder for the Boston Red Sox, and ceo Michael Dombkiewicz played minor league hockey for four years before moving into finance at Merrill Lynch. Then there’s Meden’s creative director Walter Lee to bring a fashion background to the table. He studied at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles and worked for lines including Monarchy and Rogue before getting involved in Meden.
How three jocks and one designer came together for a fashion start-up is less improbable than it seems. Dombkiewicz and Roy originally met playing junior hockey on opposing teams in Canada when they were 20 and 15, respectively. They reconnected years later in Dombkiewicz’s hometown of Buffalo when Roy was drafted by the Sabres, formed a friendship and discovered a mutual love of fashion, which became a business prospect last year when Dombkiewicz, who was living in Los Angeles, met a few industry people, including Lee.
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