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Meet Keem Washington, Co Owner of Infantry Collective in Long Beach/Pasadena

Today we’d like to introduce you to Keem Washington, Co Owner of Infantry Collective.

Keem, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
From a young age, my older siblings would always come home in the flyest fits, my sisters and brother would always buy me shoes too. My parents also kept me in Polo, Tommy, FUBU and all the above, this was all elementary. In middle school I started skateboarding and developed my own style, there was a skate shop called West Wing in West Long Beach that introduced me to Streetwear, Diamond, Crooks & Castles and The Hundreds to be exact. That opened me up to a whole new viewpoint on clothes and my ability to be apart of it. It felt very DIY. By the time I graduated High School, I had started a brand with one of my homies, Mark Green. From that point on we hustled and just never stopped, it’s been up since then. Shoutout to GOD.

Has it been a smooth road?
Not even close. The brand I had with Mark got into a legal tussle with a clown from Florida. He basically said he owned the trademark to the name we were using. Long story short, Mark and I decided to dissolve the brand completely, which happened to be a blessing in disguise and led me to starting Infantry with George. I gained experience working for my past brand and being in positions now that help me on the production side of infantry so one of the only struggles we have is presentation. We always want our visuals to be in line with how we view the brand and the narrative we want to paint. It is a slow grind but I don’t look at that as a struggle, that is more of advantage in my eyes, gives you time to work out all your kinks.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Infantry Collective – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Infantry Collective is a voice of reason in a cluttered space, we do what we believe represents us. I would say we specialize in simplicity. One of our main focuses are to make something that you can wear everyday but still feel fresh, a slight flex, something balanced, not too loud not too boring. I’m proud of the fact that we can shine a light on our friends and family, people that supports us. This brand is like a mafia, everything is done with a purpose. That is what sets us apart, many stories are fabricated or exaggerated, but we just tell what we know and nothing else. There is no filler with Infantry, you either get it or you don’t, it’s raw.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I’m from Long Beach and George is from Pasadena, I feel like both cities have many similarities. Long Beach is great, I want to live here forever, it’s the perfect distance from LA. I grew up here, I know mostly everything about the city. It’s home. Extremely diverse here too. One of my biggest dislikes about Long Beach is the mindset of the locals, just cause you from the city don’t mean you can’t leave the city to pursue better things. Take it how you want but to truly grow your brand and your name, you have to take that step out your comfort zone if the opportunity presents itself.

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Image Credit:
George Jenkins (Co Owner of Infantry)

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