Buck Mason’s clothes make their mark through subtlety and a timeless sense of “cool”. Known widely for their comfortable and affordable Tees, when visiting LA this spring I was determined to check out their newest shop and the rest of their awesome clothing line.
Maiden at the Forum
The show at the historic LA Forum was an unreal mix of skater punks, graying rockers and 4 drunken east coasters chanting “Eddie! Eddie!” while smiling ear to ear. Despite their age, Maiden can still put on an amazing performance and are one of the hardest touring bands on the planet. LA was just one of the stops on their 6 continent, 35 country tour led by Bruce Dickinson, their lead singer, who recently got his pilot license to fly the band everywhere on a modified 747 (these guys are maniacs).
Anyways, back to Buck Mason..
Buck Mason Silver Lake
With my thirst for British metal imports finally quenched and the hangover in full effect, I turned to my other passion: iconic American made brands.
I wandered the streets of Silver Lake, dodging ironic mustaches and overpriced lattes looking for my destination. Sure enough, right on Sunset Boulevard, in one of the hippest, up and coming blocks in the city, was Buck Mason’s second brick and mortar locale. Immediately upon entering we were offered a nice glass of whiskey, something that post-Maiden, I wasn’t quite ready for, but was impressed with none-the-less. The store also had an awesome vintage record player console and a well-informed, delightful staff.
The Buck Mason 30 Year Belt
Early on in my trip I’d come to the conclusion that my current belt had passed its prime. It had stretched and frayed and no longer held my jeans at a level where I could confidently say I wasn’t at risk of getting a ticket for public indecency. Luckily, Buck Mason produces a great looking belt that is built “to last a lifetime”, and the Silver Lake store was stocked with both their brown and black variations. The sales staff informed me that their 30 Year Belt is made locally, just a few miles away in downtown LA, from Buffalo Hide leather and nickel hardware from New England. I purchased a brown one, pulled up my jeans, put it on in the store, and have been wearing it nearly every day since.
After 6 months of daily use, the belt has aged nicely, will nearly no wear and tear but a nice mellowing of the leather. Check back in with me in 30 years for a follow up but for the time being, Buck Mason, their belt, and yes, even Silver Lake, get a huge thumbs up.