Seven Questions: Buck Mason

At first glance, Buck Mason might seem like yet another carbon copy “Heritage” brand. They’ve got the old-timey sounding name. They talk a lot about the importance of domestic manufacturing. Their collection is comprised of selvedge denim jeans, oxford cloth buttondowns, and chambray work shirts. They even employ the consumer-direct business model that so many of the other new American(a) start-ups do. However, to write Buck Mason off as more of the same, is to miss out on some seriously great clothing. While the types of garments they make may (now) seem commonplace, Buck Mason’s design, fit and construction elevate their pieces well above similar offerings from other labels. They’re the kind of clothes that become favorites – wardrobe fixtures to be; uniforms in waiting. So as familiar as Buck Mason might seem, don’t let that keep you from getting familiar with them.

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Seven Questions: Outlier

Since launching in 2008, Outlier has gone from being one of the most innovative and exciting makers of active apparel, to one of the most innovative and exciting makers, period. They’re one of the few contemporary clothing companies where the execution is consistently as good as the idea; their forward-thinking, performance-driven clothes are great on paper and on the body. Their products are bold and idiosyncratic, yet still wearable and uncomplicated, and, above all, they always serve a purpose. So, no matter what your (life)style, you can still appreciate / benefit from / be inspired by / love what they do. Read more »

Inspiration is Where You Find It: Gary Oldman

For an actor who got his big break playing Sid Vicious, Gary Oldman’s career has been admirably disciplined. Unlike Vicious, who fizzled out almost as quickly as he gained notoriety, Oldman has been playing the long gain, amassing an impressive record of roles over his thirty-five year career. In that time, he’s played everyone from Sirius Black, to George Smiley, to Lee Harvey Oswald, with a memorable turn as Count Dracula tossed in for good measure. And yet, it’s away from the camera that Oldman steps into one of his most interesting roles: a paragon of British refinement and classic Hollywood panache. Read more »