A couple of years ago, I became interested in Buco style leather jackets. I tried on a Himel Kensington but, having exalted and owned only softer leathers up until then, it was more rigid than I was accustomed to and I therefore passed. I ended up purchasing a LVC Buco. I really enjoyed the LVC and wore it extensively, but in the back of my mind I quietly yearned for something more.
Over the ensuing two years, I came to appreciate, and even prefer, more rigid leathers, including horsehide, and my yearning for something more ultimately led me to the Real McCoys Buco J-100. I learned that, at the 2013 Inspiration show, RMC brought a J-100 with them and offered it for sale at the end of the show. Therefore, I arrived early to the 2014 Inspiration, cash in pocket, hoping that RMC might again have a J-100 with them and it might be my size. I was thrilled to discover that RMC had one J-100 with them at Inspiration and it was exactly my size. The RMC representative (I forgot his name) confirmed that the jacket was available so long as I picked it up at the end of the show. Touchdown!!!! After walking around Inspiration for a while, I returned to the RMC booth to tender payment. During the interim, Kent Tsujimoto – RMC’s Chief Production Manager and the founder’s son – arrived at the booth. Kent informed me that the J-100 I desired was already spoken for and not available (it had been pre-sold). Needless to say, I was very disappointed. Two days later, I saw Kent again at the Rising Sun party. Kent’s father, Hitoshi Tsujimoto, was also present. Kent told me that he was sorry about the earlier misunderstanding and he would like to address the situation. Thereafter, Hitoshi approached me and promised to make things right. Kent and Hitoshi could not have been more gracious. A week later, my new RMC Buco J-100 arrived from Japan. HUGE thanks to Kent!!!
I love this jacket!!! The leather is unreal. From the stitching to the zippers, every detail is exquisite. The night I received the jacket, I wore it for seven straight hours while playing poker, and constantly flexed my elbows to break it in (unfortunately, I was so enamored with the jacket that I did not focus enough on the game and I lost more than the cost of the jacket – fortunately, I won it back three days later).
I am not sure yet what I will do with my LVC:
As much as I enjoyed the LVC, the RMC J-100 is in a different league:
So cool that RMC licensed the Buco name.