Erik Schnakenberg, Buck Mason

Erik Schnakenberg, Buck Mason

"In Southern California we’re blessed having weather patterns conducive to literally being able to wear the same thing every day. For me that’s a five-pocket slim selvedge jean, a white crew neck tshirt, a Stetson, and one of my eight chambray button-downs that I throw on. A couple are vintage that I’ve had forever, and a couple are my design. It seems to be really functional. Definitely durable."

"I think about what the modern male uniform is all the time, and I think it evolves. What you look good in and what you feel good in, it eventually becomes like a comfort blanket. I started wearing jeans and a white tshirt every day because it was really easy, it’s just one less thing you have to think about, and truthfully I think it just looks good. And now it gets to a point where if I’m wearing something else it doesn’t feel natural. Honestly, if I designed something that’s a little bit more trendy for us, I still wouldn’t experiment with it in my wardrobe."

"It’s less creating some signature look or identity. It’s about taste and about following what’s natural. I grew up in a town of 2,000 people in the middle of Missouri, so workwear and functional pieces based on the weather were just a part of life. My sense of style has certainly evolved, but the root of everything I think about from a fashion perspective is really derived out of function, and out of seeing my father dress for work every day." - Erik Schnakenberg