14 December 2012

Remembering Roger Mallette

 Friend and Creative Innovator Roger Mallette 

Gone But Not Forgotten
1964-2012


Thousands of bicyclists around the globe know the Retro Image Apparel brand, but few know how Roger Mallette doggedly pursued his dream of bringing iconic vintage imagery to cyclists everywhere.  In just ten short years Roger transformed a $250.00 investment and a sidewalk t-shirt booth into his successful company, Retro Image Apparel.  Roger’s artistic spirit and tireless work ethic are the stuff of legend and a source of inspiration to us all.

Embodying the spirit of his adopted hometown of Portland, Oregon, Roger Mallette lived all of his 48 years out loud.  Roger’s vibrant personality brought joy to the cycling community.  His dedication and generosity brought jobs and growth to Portland.  His love and friendship bettered our lives.  His absence affects us all and we are saddened by the loss of our dear friend.

We at Bicyclinghub.com couldn’t be prouder to have been witness to Roger’s success.  Owner, Doug Duguay, fondly remembers the early days when he and Roger shared office space, forging the close friendship that both men enjoyed for many years.  In expressing his profound grief at Roger’s passing, “Roger was like a brother to me,” Doug said "my heart has been heavy since I learned of his passing a week ago." 



Since joining us here in Portland four years ago, Roger embraced our local love of beer and bikes with gusto.  As was his nature, he wasted no time expressing his love of Portland culture by collaborating with local institutions like Lucky Lab Brewing Co. to produce his whimsical and much loved brand of cycling jerseys, Micro Beer Jerseys.  

Please join us in celebrating Roger’s life by proudly wearing his art, as carried on by the good folks at Retro Image Apparel.

Bicylinghub.com proudly carries a full line of Retro and Micro Beer Jerseys, which we encourage you to wear in Roger's honor.




3 comments:

coffeebean said...

Nicely written. Thank you.

Nicole Mallette Giesler said...

Thank you, for this lovely tribute to my beloved brother. Roger was happiest when he was creating the next design, helping someone who needed a break. His capacity for love and compassion reached beyond family and friends.We will miss him forever....

ppaprez said...

What a wonderful tribute to my brother, Roger. I'm only now seeing this. Roger was so lucky to have been able to follow his dream and how fortunate I was to have had such a remarkable human being for my brother. Peace, Roger. Still missing you.

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