Suite Zero: Vintage Clothing

If you haven’t stumbled across Corvallis’ new-ish thrift clothing shop, Suite Zero, you’ve been missing out. Founded on a combined interest of vintage clothing, owners Payton Smyer, Michael Turner, and Gabriel Noller have put together a shop where their passion is right on the rack.

I was able to catch up with Turner and Noller, and they clued me into their interesting origins. All three owners had previously dabbled with selling vintage clothing at meetups and online, until one fateful day when they held a pop-up event where multiple vendors could come and sell their goods all under one roof. The event was very well received, and this success eventually bloomed into the partnership and permanent location that we now get to enjoy. Part of what helped them get to where they are has been how inviting and friendly people within the vintage clothing niche are.

As many people know, fashion can traditionally be a very stigma filled and negative place. Not at Suite Zero. Rather than criticism, individuality is the focus, as represented by the articles of clothing they sell. Each piece is truly unique, so there isn’t another one like it in the shop. The specific positions of the holes in a garment, the splotches of color that litter the linens, and the special fade only time can provide, wholly belongs to every article of clothing you’ll find. 

Besides supporting this sense of individuality, Suite Zero hopes to provide Corvallis with a new source for classic styles. Turner goes on to say that “trends come and go, but timeless pieces are forever.” Something that worked fifty years ago tends to still work today. Noller adds that they want to provide the town with fun and weird stuff in a more organized way.”

Not only that, but they hope that through this process people will come to understand that clothing can last longer than most people think. A band T-shirt with a few holes in it doesn’t mean it’s trash. Quite the opposite, it’s a vintage classic that someone could wear for years to come. So instead of throwing out that Sex Pistols T-shirt, why not stop on in and see if they want to buy it from you? Suite Zero offers Buy/Sell/Trade options and they’re always happy to look at what you have to offer.

Who knows, maybe you’ll see someone you walk by on the street wearing the shirt you were about to trash. And maybe you’ll be wearing theirs!

If you’d like to check them out they’re located in the Downstairs Plaza of 425 SW Madison Ave., Corvallis, OR, 97330. As well, check them out on Instagram @suitezero.us

By Nickolas McKeever

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