Closet Classics is a recurring series featuring items in my wardrobe that have stood the test of time.
The product: Leather tab Masters belt
Year bought: 2005
Price paid: In the $40 neighborhood
Where purchased: Augusta National gift shop. Only available during the week of the tournament. (Though a little birdie told me they occasionally pop up on eBay.)
How I wear it: A staple anytime I’m on the golf course, which lately is about 3-5 times a year. In a casual setting—say a backyard cookout in the South—I’ll pair it with khaki shorts, a crisp white polo and boat shoes or driving moccasins.
The backstory: My links-loving dad took me on a golf trip through Georgia in April 2005. We played on the way to Augusta before the main event—attending a practice round at the Masters. That was a memorable day, one I hope to repeat with my son when he’s old enough to appreciate Augusta. I wasn’t making smart style choices back then, but something drew me to the leather tab belt in the gift shop. I’d like to think it was the timelessness—whether it’s 1985, 2005 or 2025, this accessory always will be on trend.
The belt holds nice memories as well. That 2005 tournament was won by Tiger Woods, his last green jacket to date. My dad and I watched the final round together at his house; he and my mom invited over some friends and grilled out. I remember clearly sitting in their living room, watching Tiger’s famous chip on 16 roll towards the hole and going bonkers with my dad and everyone else as the ball hung on the lip … and then dropped in the cup. Great day, and I think of it every time I put on the belt.
Photos by Dominic Bonvissuto