Mister Freedom® “Sportsman Chinos”, NOS cotton-linen slate grey denim twill, Sportsman Catalog SS2021, Made in USA.

Mister Freedom® Sportsman Chinos, New Old Stock cotton-linen slate grey denim twill.
SS2021 mfsc Sportsman Catalog
Made in USA

We are releasing this season’s Sportsman Chinos as a matching companion to the slate grey Continental Sportcoat and Continental Vest. The fabric is the exact same fancy blend of 60% cotton and 40% linen 8 Oz. denim twill, same NOS batch.

A Continental three-piece suit in slate grey can now be put together from our mfsc Sportsman Catalog of vintage-inspired made-in-USA menswear!

The NOS pocketing/facing may differ slightly for each of those three pieces, but consider this as a stylistic nod to eclectic miss-match linings of period tailor-made garments, when fabric availability was limited and all yardage was considered precious. We like this no-waste approach.
Please note that the slight color variation of the slate grey jacket/pants set in the photos above reflect the fact that my Sportcoat is from 2016 and was washed a few times, and the 2021 Chinos have merely been rinsed. This light-colored denim fabric actually has very nice patina potential.

Our Sportsman Chinos and Continental Trousers feature similar design details, but differ fit-wise. While the top block is comparable on both models, the Sportsman Chinos are cut with a more generous 40s/50s-style leg, and the Continental Trousers have a slimmer leg profile. The choice is a matter of one’s personal style preferences and body type.

The Sportsman Chinos are designed and manufactured in California by Mister Freedom®, in collaboration with Sugar Cane Co.

SPECS:
PATTERN:
An original MFSC pattern, inspired by vintage 1940’s-50’s cotton twill work pants and classic mens trousers tailoring.
FABRIC:
New Old Stock, 8 Oz. slate grey denim twill, blend of 60% cotton and 40% linen, probable Italian mill origin.
Pocket bags: Fancy NOS Dobby stripe, 100% cotton.

DETAILS:
* Relaxed vintage silhouette and fit.
* Button fly, brown corozo wood buttons.
* Flat-felled side seams.
* Welt-type rear pockets.
* Original combo belt loops, wide & narrow.
* Adjustable back cinch strap, French vintage NOS metal slide buckle.
* New Old Stock fancy Dobby stripe pocket bags, white/grey stripes.
* Watch pocket.
* Tonal stitching, 100% cotton thread, flat felled seams construction.
* MF® Sportsman signature green inside chainstitch.
* “Action Crotch” gusset.
* MF® “The SPORTSMAN” woven rayon label on waist band, concealed when wearing a belt.
* ‘Open’ overlocked leg bottom, to suit your cuffing preferences.
* Made in USA.

SIZING/FIT:
The SPORTSMAN CHINOS are sold RAW (unwashed) and will shrink to tagged size following the usual protocol:
• Cold soak for about 30-40mn with occasional hand agitation.
• Washing machine spin dry.
• Line dry. (No heat dryer)

These trousers are true-to-size, with a ‘forgiving’ waist (aka vanity size), adjustable via the rear cinch. Go for your usual size in mfsc pants, but consider that the full leg and higher rise will provide an old school vintage work pants silhouette.
I opted for a W30 in these (at 5.7’’ / approx. 150 lbs, I navigate between W30 and W32 in mfsc pants/jeans), as I wanted more of a 60s Continental Trousers silhouette than a 40s/50s workwear chinos fit.
With a generous inseam, the overlocked leg opening is left open to your cuffing preference. I opted for a simple 1.25 inch hem, DIY with a regular single needle machine.

CARE:
When needed, machine wash on DELICATE, pants inside-out, cold water with minimal environmentally-friendly detergent and line dry.
Do not use the washer’s heavy-duty cycle, as you wouldn’t with any piece of menswear suiting.
Heat dryer is also not recommended and may result in excessive and irreversible shrinkage.

Available from www.misterfreedom.com, our Los Angeles brick & mortar store, and fine retailers around the World.
Email sales@misterfreedom.com or call 323-653-2014 with any questions unanswered above.
Thank you for your support.

Christophe Loiron
Mister Freedom®
©2021

Mister Freedom® x Sugar Cane msfc FW2021 PODIUM Collection & SPORTSMAN-SURPLUS LookBook Preview

Mister Freedom® x Sugar Cane Co FW2021 mfsc “PODIUM”

MF® “CONTENDER” Hoodie FW2021 mfsc PODIUM ©2021

MF® “GYMSTAR” Sweatpants FW2021 mfsc PODIUM ©2021

MF® “MEDALIST” Crew Sweat FW2021 mfsc PODIUM ©2021

MF® “MERCURY” Jacket FW2021 mfsc PODIUM ©2021

MF® “PODIUM” Jacket FW2021 mfsc PODIUM ©2021

MF® “TACKLE KING” Jacket FW2021 mfsc PODIUM ©2021

MF® “TRACK MASTER” Jacket & Pants FW2021 mfsc PODIUM ©2021

Mister Freedom® x Sugar Cane Co FW2021 mfsc “PODIUM”

Dear Friends,

Hope this finds you well, healthy, and in good spirits.

This is a preview of the FW2021 Mister Freedom® x Sugar Cane (mfsc) collaboration. Two groupings, a theme-based capsule collection titled “PODIUM“, followed by additions to our classic SPORTSMAN and SURPLUS catalogs.

Our winter “PODIUM” concept is inspired by vintage athletic wear from the 1940s to 1980s, mixing vintage hi-tech sporting gear, traditional Track & Field uniforms and classic gym clothes. This is a MF® twist on athleisure wear, as well as a nod to active and healthy lifestyle.
The following eight original “PODIUM” garment designs blend timeless references and “heritage” fabrics, resulting in a colorful grouping of practical, versatile, unpretentious pieces for working out, or just hanging out. These styles will easily incorporate into any classic wardrobe.

This FW2021 “PODIUM” mfsc collection is designed in California by Mister Freedom® and manufactured in Japan in collaboration with Sugar Cane Co.
The above “PODIUM” line-up consists of:

1) The MEDALIST (Crew Sweatshirt)
* 100% cotton tubular brushed fleece.
* Tubular needle-out rib gussets and trims.
* Flat-lock stitch construction.
* Rear panel phone pocket.
* Color options: Heather Grey/White/UCLA Blue/Red/Gold/Olive Green. 

2) The CONTENDER (Hoodie Zip Sweatshirt)
* 100% cotton brushed fleece.
* Needle-out rib waistband & cuffs.
* “Attached” hood pattern, jersey-lined.
* Two-tone Heather Grey/Navy Blue.

3) The GYMSTAR (Sweatpants)
* 100% cotton heather grey fleece, horizontal weave.
* Cargo phone pocket.
* Needle-out rib expansion gusset.
* Flat-lock stitch construction.
* Elastic cinch bottom.

4) The TRACK MASTER Jacket (Tracksuit Jacket)
* 100% cotton brushed fleece, horizontal weave.
* Ribbed all cotton jersey waistband/collar/cuffs.
* Two stripe arm strech gussets.
* Body expansion side panels, tonal cotton jersey.
* 1970s style plastic zipper with contrast cotton tape.
* Color options: UCLA Blue/Gold and Black/Gold

5) The TRACK MASTER Pants (Tracksuit Pants)
* 100% cotton brushed fleece, horizontal weave.
* Two stripe leg stretch gussets.
* Side slash pockets and rear zip pocket.
* Zip cinch bottom.
* 1970s style plastic zipper with contrast cotton tape.
* Color options: UCLA Blue/Gold and Black/Gold

6) The PODIUM Jacket (Satin Team Jacket)
* Cotton/rayon body, satin side out.
* Printed cotton flannel lining.
* Heather striped cotton rib knits.
* Raglan sleeve stripe with piping.
* Color options: Red/White and Royal Blue/Gold 

7) The TACKLE KING (Nylon Coach Jacket)
* Heavy 2×1 Nylon Twill, vintage Mil-Specs.
* 100% cotton Heather Grey fleece lining, French terry side out.
* MF® branded painted brass snaps.
* Chin strap.
* Original “MF 71-61” traditional sport tackle twill patches.
* Color options: Black/Navy/Sage Green/Red

8) The MERCURY Jacket (Windbreaker Running Jacket)
* All weather VENTILE® cotton fabric.
* Athletic mesh  rear vent panel.
* 1970s style plastic zipper with contrast cotton tape.
* Color options: Arctic White/Navy Blue and Olive Green/Navy Blue.

Besides these “PODIUM” classics, we are adding a few heavy hitters to our existing MF® mfsc SPORTSTMAN (made in USA) and SURPLUS (made in JAPAN) catalogs.

Mister Freedom® x Sugar Cane Co FW2021 mfsc SPORTSMAN & SURPLUS Catalogs

Mister Freedom® x Sugar Cane Co FW2021 mfsc SPORTSMAN & SURPLUS Catalogs

Mister Freedom® “DESPERADO” Western Ranch Coat, 13 Oz. SC Black Denim ©2021

Mister Freedom® CALIFORNIAN “OUTLAW” LOT.64-OTL, 13 Oz. SC Black Denim ©2021

 

Mister Freedom® RANCH BLOUSE, 13 Oz. SC Black Denim ©2021

Mister Freedom® “SECOYA” Shirt, McG Plaid Heavy Flannel, ©2021

Mister Freedom® “DUDE RANCHER” Shirt, Brown Brushed Dobby Stripe, ©2021

Mister Freedom® “DUDE RANCHER” Shirt, Indigo x Covert Check, ©2021

Mister Freedom® “CALIFORNIAN” LOT.64-JC, Indigo Jungle Cloth, ©2021

Mister Freedom® RANCH BLOUSE “RINGO” Shirt, Black Tea-Core Veg-Tan Leather, ©2021

Mister Freedom® RANCH BLOUSE “RANDALL” Shirt, Natural Veg-Tan Leather, ©2021

Mister Freedom® “ARISTOCRAT” Shirt, NOS Dobby Stripes, ©2021

Mister Freedom® CONTINENTAL Two-Pieces Suit “Le MARSEILLAIS”, NOS Stripe HBT, ©2021

Mister Freedom® x Sugar Cane Co FW2021 mfsc SPORTSMAN & SURPLUS Catalogs

The above FW2021 SPORTSMAN & SURPLUS line-up consists of:

1) The “DESPERADO” (Western Ranch Coat)
* Original 13 Oz SC Black sulfur-dyed denim, selvedge.
* Corduroy western yoke trims.
* MF® branded silver tack buttons.
* Made in USA

2) CALIFORNIAN “OUTLAW” model LOT.64-OTL
* Traditional MF® Californian Lot.64 pattern with modified western “frogmouth” front pockets.
* Original 13 Oz SC Black sulfur-dyed denim, selvedge.
* Tonal stitching.
* Made in USA

3) RANCH BLOUSE Black Denim
* Original 13 Oz SC Black sulfur-dyed denim, selvedge.
* Tonal stitching.
* Made in USA

4) CALIFORNIAN LOT.64-JC Indigo Jungle Cloth
* 14 Oz. Mil-Specs Jungle Cloth, dark indigo.
* Tonal stitching.
* Made in USA

5) RANCH BLOUSE “RINGO”, Black Leather
* Black veg-tan tea-core leather interpretation of our classic Ranch Blouse.
* MF® branded brass snaps.
* Made in USA

6) RANCH BLOUSE “RANDALL”, Natural Leather.
* Natural veg-tan leather interpretation of our classic Ranch Blouse.
* MF® branded brass snaps.
* Only available raw.
* Made in USA

7) “ARISTOCRAT” Shirt, Dobby Stripes
* Our classic dress shirt pattern.
* Fancy New Old Stock fabric, Dobby stripes.
* Made in USA

8) CONTINENTAL Two-Piece Suit “LE MARSEILLAIS”
* Our classic Sportsman Sportcoat & Trousers patterns.
* Fancy New Old Stock fabric, 40s-style brown stripe HBT.
* Made in USA

9) DUDE RANCHER (Western Shirt)
* Our classic original western snap shirt pattern.
* Fabric options: 9 Oz. Indigo x Covert check and 10.25 Oz. Brown Brushed Dobby Stripes.
* Made in JAPAN.

10) SECOYA Shirt
* Our original 1930s style pull-over work shirt pattern.
* Original “McG” woven plaid 100% cotton heavy flannel.

Voila!

As always, besides the classic vintage style references, the common thread in all these original garments is Mister Freedom®’s on-going commitment to ethical manufacturing, original designs, and resistance to fast fashion.

Thank you very much for your renewed support.

Love from Sunny California,

c

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Mister Freedom® Sportsman Shirt, NOS “Island” plaid edition, mfsc SS2021, made in USA.

“Sportsman Shirt”, NOS “Island” Woven Plaid Twill.
SS2021 mfsc Sportsman catalog
Made in USA

We introduced the MF® Sportsman Shirt pattern sometime in 2013, and have since released it in a wide range of new original or vintage NOS fabrics.
The simple style is our spin on classic 1930s-1950s work shirts, with the usual early workwear details such as chin strap and side gussets, and the less-commun shoulder yoke dart construction.

Having recently scored some limited NOS yardage of a very nice “Island” plaid milled in Japan, we decided it would be a great match for our Sportsman Shirt pattern.

The fabric is a very light weight and breezy 100% cotton twill, loose weave, featuring a classic plaid pattern blending warm earth tones and a palette of attractive blues. This fine fancy fabric is ideal for warm weather and makes this SS2021 edition of our Sportsman Shirt an elegant casual shirt rather than a rugged work shirt.

The Sportsman Shirt is designed and manufactured in California by Mister Freedom®, in collaboration with Sugar Cane Co.

SPECS:
PATTERN:
Original MFSC pattern, inspired by classic 1930s-50s workwear shirting.
FABRIC:
New Old Stock woven plaid twill, 100% cotton, light weight, loose weave, soft & breezy. Milled in Japan.
DETAILS:
* Relaxed silhouette and fit.
* Original inverted box-pleat double chest pockets.
* Slim chin strap.
* Corozo wood buttons, amber color.
* White cotton poplin button facing strip.
* Double front & back expansion pleats on shoulder yoke, for ease of movement.
* One piece cuff gussets.
* 100% cotton thread, high stitch count, tonal.
* Flat felled seams, with inside green chain-stitch MF® signature.
* Side gussets.
* Original “The SPORTSMAN” woven rayon label.
* Limited production.
* Made in USA.

SIZING/FIT:

The SPORTSMAN Shirt in NOS “Island” plaid twill comes unwashed and is cut so that the measurements match the labeling after an initial cold soak/line dry.
We recommend this protocol before wear:

  • Machine rinse, delicate settings, cold water, machine spin dry.
  • Line dry. (No heat dryer)

I opted for a Medium, my usual size in mfsc shirting (5’7 ~150 lbs), for a relaxed fit. We recommend getting your usual size in MF® shirts. The yoke darting feature (expansion pleats) of the Sportsman Shirt adds room to the shoulder area. 

CARE:
This garment should be handled with proper care to avoid damage, as the loose weave of this specific woven plaid twill may be subject to snagging.
Machine wash on DELICATE, cold water, mild eco-friendly detergent. Hang dry.
Do not use the washer’s heavy-duty cycle or boil this garment. Heat dryer is also not recommended and may result in excessive and irreversible shrinkage.

Available from www.misterfreedom.com, our Los Angeles brick & mortar store, and fine retailers around the World.
Email sales@misterfreedom.com or call 323-653-2014 with any questions unanswered above.
Thank you for your support.

Christophe Loiron
Mister Freedom®
©2021

Mister Freedom® SWABBIES Cut-Offs, Navy Blue HBT, mfsc SS2021 “FROGSVILLE”. Made in Japan.

 

CL chopped Swabbies Cut-Offs.

Mister Freedom® SWABBIES CUT-OFFS, 100% cotton navy blue HBT.
SS2021 mfsc “FROGSVILLE”.
Made in Japan.

The Mister Freedom® SWABBIES were initially released sometime in 2020 as full-legged bell-bottom denim trousers.

The inspiration had come from a rare pair of 1940’s-50’s private-purchase naval dungarees from the “Portlite Uniform” maker. If these conformed to the general silhouette and specs of traditional US Navy-issued denim dungarees, they featured really fancy tailoring and intricate pattern work for a pair of work trousers. The apparently-inconspicuous two front pockets are actually a very clever combination of two types of pocket patterns, slash and patch, a construction tour-de-force on a wrap leg that only makes sense when studying the inside of the pants. Those original MF® SWABBIES featured authentic 1940’s-style navy bells and a traditional high waist.

The SWABBIES CUT-OFFS are a cropped version of the same work pants pattern, bye-bye bells. A common practice in tropical Theater of Operations in the old days, salty Navy personnel would chop-off their faded dungarees and turn them into swim shorts or off-duty bermudas. Another common practice was to undo the top button, and wear the shorts with the waistband rolled-down, as was often the case with UDT Scuba Trunks.

UDT-5 (circa 1943)
Photo licensed from NAVY SEAL Museum.

We hemmed the inseam at about 6 inches, for a mid-thigh length. Cropping higher is a few DIY snips away for those inclined. Note that when left open (un-hemmed), the edge will fray and the fabric will roll, so, easy on the scissors!

We are releasing the Swabbies Cut-Offs in a crisp 100% cotton navy blue HBT, matching fabric to the Frogman Jacket.

The mfsc SWABBIES CUT-OFFS are designed in California by Mister Freedom®, and manufactured in Japan in collaboration with Sugar Cane Co.

SPECS:
FABRIC:
Sturdy and crisp 100% cotton HBT (herringbone twill), vintage mil-specs, navy blue color, sulfur-dyed. Milled in Japan.
DETAILS:
* An original mfsc pattern inspired by US Navy 1940’s-50’s private-purchase denim bell bottom trousers aka dungarees.
* Hemmed at mid-thigh, can be cropped to one’s preferred length.
* Wrap leg (no outseam.)
* Black 1940s-style laurel leaf starburst metal donut waist & fly buttons.
* Front pockets combining complex patch-type and slash-type pattern due to the challenge of the wrap leg. No open seams.
* Rear patch pockets cut using horizontal warp.
* Flat lock chainstitch construction.
* Black tonal all-cotton stitching.
* Bar-tacked stress points.
* Woven rayon mfsc “FROGSVILLE” label on inside waistband.
* Made in Japan.

SIZING:
The SWABBIES CUT-OFFS come UN-WASHED and are cut so that the measurements match the labeling AFTER an initial cold soak/line dry.
We recommend the usual protocol before wearing:

  • Cold soak for about 30-40mn, with occasional hand agitation.
  • Spin dry and line dry.
  • Wear briefly before fully-dry to set creases, then hang until fully dry.

I had opted for a W31 in the Denim Swabbies, for a fitted top block, comfortable thighs and period bell-bottoms. I went with a W30 in the HBT Cut-Offs version.

The waist feels a bit tight after the cold soak, but stretches slightly with a bit of wear, although not as much as the denim model. Note that these are high-waisted shorts, and one might consider the old practice of undoing the top button and wearing the shorts with the waistband rolled-down to tone down the high rise.

CARE:
Launder when needed.
We recommend turning the shorts inside-out to avoid potential marbling of the fabric. Wash separately from light-colored garments.
Machine wash with cold water, gentle cycle, eco-friendly mild detergent and line dry.

DISCLAIMER: This sulfur-dyed HBT fabric has an intentional low colorfastness and will ‘age’ and look ‘worn-in’ rapidly with normal wear/machine wash routine.

Available from www.misterfreedom.com, our Los Angeles brick & mortar store, and fine retailers around the World.
Email sales@misterfreedom.com or call 323-653-2014 with any questions unanswered above.
Thank you for your support,

Christophe Loiron
Mister Freedom®
©2021

Mister Freedom® RANCH BLOUSE & CALIFORNIAN Lot.674-2xi, 12.4 Oz. Double Indigo Denim edition, mfsc SS2021, made in USA.