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Online menswear shop Buck Mason opening in Silver Lake; more changes underway for Sunset & Maltman block [updated]

Former Silver Lake skate shop awaiting new tenant

Former Silver Lake skate shop awaiting new tenant

Storefront ReportSILVER LAKE — Erik Schnakenberg and Sasha Koehn have attracted a following with their online store, Buck Mason, that sells a simple and casual line of t-shirts, hoodies, jeans, chinos and other menswear staples.  Their online business even attracted a $300,000 offer when they appeared on Shark Tank (they turned it down.) But apparently even an online retailer needs a brick-and-mortar presence, with Buck Mason now preparing to come to Silver Lake after opening  a Venice outlet on Abbot Kinney Boulevard.

Photos posted on Buck Mason’s Instagram and info from other real estate listings indicate that the company’s is moving into the former home of The Banks skate shop on Sunset Boulevard near Maltman Avenue. It’s part of a stretch of brick storefronts — which includes Millie’s Cafe — that is poised for more changes (more on that later).

The Eastsider has contacted Buck Mason for more details.

While the former skate shop is being gutted,  one storefront away Purgatory Pizza at The Junction, an offshoot of Purgatory Pizza of Boyle Heights, is being remodeled only a year after it opened. When the renovation is done, the corner pizzeria will reopen with a new concept, according to a person involved in the project. Stay tuned for details.

Meanwhile, next door to Purgatory, the Botanic Don Bosco is up for rent at an undisclosed rate, according to a LoopNet.com.

Update on Feb. 29: Schnakenberg, who lives in Silver Lake, and Koehn, a residents of the Arts District, provided more details about their new Silver Lake store:

“The product assortment will be the same as Venice,” Schnakenberg said. “We manufacture everything within 15 miles of the Silver Lake store, so we should be able to react to the neighborhoods demand quickly. We’ll stock the space with indigo and black jeans, white and black t-shirts, some great woven shirting…and hope some people buy stuff.”

“The building is almost hundred years old with a 20 foot bow truss framed ceiling and 80 year old plaster on the walls, all of which was covered when we got the keys. we took down to the studs and exposed the plaster walls,” Koehn said. “Our look and feel will be consistent, but will have unique details that celebrate the original history of the space.”

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15 comments

  1. Simple question – what idiot would pay $175 for a pair of jeans? I guess that some of the live in Silverlake.

    • People who have $175 to spend on jeans.

    • Well, the good news is, Joey – if no one buys the $175 jeans, the store will not survive. It is called free market capitalism which is a system that works. That is until Bernie Sanders becomes president and forces everyone to sell jeans for $15.

      • With jeans prices that low, I won’t need free college. Feel the Bern!

      • Think how much those jeans would cost if the US wasn’t propping up the cotton industry to the tune of about $1 billion per year in subsidies. Ha ha free market capitalism is the best.

        • @Whiny-

          A degree from a Free college will be worth about what it costs. LAUSD anyone? Look at the scholars that system is producing… great plan!

          @Bulgar-

          Do your homework on why subsidies are necessary for stabilizing commodity markets before you comment. It sounds as though you’ve gone to one of those “free learning institutes”…

          • @Elboomerater Good one. Sounds like you attend Wednesday and Sunday services at Our Lady of the Self-Serving Redefinition of Free Markets.

  2. All of the Silver Lake guys I know buy their jeans from Blue in Green in Soho where the starting price for a pair of jeans is something closer to $350. I doubt any of these guys will be interested in buying a pair of jeans that are half the price at $175 as the expectation will be that they are at least half the quality. Most guys these days don’t like to compromise.

  3. what are the changes happening at millie’s?!?!?! also purgatory pizza could have been great if it tried even a smidge harder than it did.

  4. fear & self loathing on the 3500 block of Sunset:
    go to millie’s for “service w/ a f*ck you” followed by a visit to a t-shirt shop w/ f*ck you prices

    • Man, it really is such a bummer about this. Over by us, Leticias closed down about 3 months ago and that was the last old school shop on the block. Everyone was so friendly in there. Used to talk shop with L’s son for an hour sometimes. It made it feel like a neighborhood. Now its just boutique after boutique that only a few can afford. I mean where the hell is all the money coming in to these shops? Glad to be leaving L.A. in the next year, this neighborhood has become something I really don’t want to be a part of anymore. Let the Tech A-holes have the beach, and the “creative elite” have the eastside we’re moving to parts unknown.

  5. Looks like Purgatory is up for rent according to Loopnet:

    Description
    PRIME SILVERLAKE LOCATION;
    CORNER TRIANGULAR SHAPED SPACE;
    BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY FOR SALE $269,500.
    NEW LEASE WITH PROPERTY OWNER AT $5,000/MONTH
    NO NNN / TENANT PAYS PROPORTIONATE SHARE OF WATER AND POWER;
    OVENS INCLUDE TWO STACKED GARLAND CONVECTION OVENS;
    ONE STACKABLE WOLF SNORKELER CONVECTION OVEN;
    ONE FOUR BURNER GAS RANGE; GRIDDLE ; ONE LARGE DOUBLE DOOR FRIDGE; ONE OR TWO PREP FRIDGE; ONE UNDERCOUNTER FRIDGE; UNDERCOUNTER FREEZER;

    AMAZING VISIBILITY ; WAS FORMERLY MADAME MATISSE;
    BUCK MASON (ABBOTT KINNEY CLOTHING STORE) OPENING TWO DOORS TO THE EAST; NEW NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOR WILL COME IN SPRING 2016; ACROSS THE STREET FROM APC AND SHINOLA;

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