Family Value

By Laura Cassidy November 15, 2010 Published in the December 2010 issue of Seattle Met

Image: Ryan McVay

IT’S AN APT specialty for a creative director: Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes serves as “refuse alchemist” of the Archive Vintage Redistribution Project, a new retail enterprise obsessed with enduring quality and Northwest brands. (It’s a sort of shop-in-shop at Punctuation, a mixed-use art and culture space on Capitol Hill.) As such, Alley-Barnes oversees the buying and selling of Pendleton jackets, facilitates custom-tailoring, and tracks down midcentury furniture.


Personal style in three words Fecundity, form, function.

Pass it on This coat was handed down to me by my father. It was made in the late ’50s by an English company called Martin’s Ltd; the only place their wares could be purchased in the United States was Littler’s, which was a Seattle menswear staple for decades.

Creative license My father and I are approximately the same size, but we tend to wear our garments differently. I had a foot and a half taken off the original length, and had the armholes and side seams taken in. I also had the original collar turned into a Nehru and added oversized tab closures. It’s become a sample for our in-house line at Punctuation and is available upon request.

Recent acquisitions Having grown up in Seattle, I have owned many rain boots. I purchased these Tretorns from Edie’s Shoes on Pine Street. The shirt was custom made by local tailor Matt Noren, who is launching a line of men’s shirts called Tarboo. When I buy new items, they are pieces I can reasonably see myself wearing 40 years from now.

Like father, like son I have a Peruvian shirt that was his when he was in his early 30s. When I put it on it makes me feel a few degrees smarter and infinitely more savvy. 

Generations of Seattle style The abundant resources that have always surrounded the city and supplied much of its industry affect our aesthetic. Yet as a port city, we’re open to a wide range of influences, too. Everyone from original peoples to miners, sailors to pimps and milkmen have contributed to the visual milieu.

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