N-1z type Deck Pants, indigo-dyed jungle cloth, Fall 2014 “Sea Hunt” Collection

Indigo deck pants Mister Freedom 2014 (1)

Indigo deck pants Mister Freedom 2014 (1)

Indigo deck pants Mister Freedom 2014 (1)

Indigo deck pants Mister Freedom 2014 (1)

Indigo deck pants Mister Freedom 2014 (1)

Is that enough props for ya?


Deck Pants, Type N-1Z, Indigo-dyed jungle cloth
“Sea Hunt” mfsc collection Fall 2014

Some of us like indigo. Some of us like jungle cloth. Those who like neither are in for a treat with this special number. Double punishment.
We have revisited and ‘simplified’ an old trousers pattern we introduced in 2008, the mfsc N-1K deck pants (“N-1” was for the 1940’s USN deck jacket reference, “K” was for the USAF type K-1 flight suit that inspired the pattern of the front patch pockets). There’s nothing wrong with knocking yourself out once in a while, before Dong does it.

N-1K-sketch Mister Freedom 2008

Everyone is by now familiar with “Jungle Cloth”, a Bedford cord type fabric. This tightly woven cotton, distantly related to the corduroy family, has somewhat of a water repellent quality, and was used quite extensively by the US Navy in the 1920’s-1940’s period, as the fabric of choice for some of the foul weather gear.
Our durable 14 oz. jungle cloth is pretty much mil-specs, with a MF® spin on the color. We had the fabric indigo-dyed for the occasion, a dark shade of indigo blue. The color is light-sensitive, and meant to fade naturally with regular wash/wear cycles. The front patch pockets are using the warp of the fabric horizontally, subtlety contrasting with the vertical grain of the legs. Overtime, the natural patina will highlight the interesting juxtaposition of one fabric going in two directions. We’ll be posting evo photos on the Hall of Fade sometime next year…
The rear pocket pattern has the same origin than our “Sea Hunt” Spring 2014 Crew Pants.
The overall pattern of these pants is a mix between utilitarian and military. The N-1Z features a 40’s-type black oxidized cotton tape CONMAR zipper, a new contender soon to spice up the groin-zoom photo contest of our sizzling Instagram account, when it’s eventually brought up to speed.

The N-1Z deck pants are designed in California by Mister Freedom®, and manufactured in Japan by Sugar Cane Co.
Fabric milled and indigo-dyed  in Japan

Disclaimer: Please note that the photos are displaying my own (soaked and  slightly worn 4-5 times) pair of N-1Z. Production comes unwashed/unworn, of course.


* Durable 14 Oz. all cotton “Jungle Cloth”, indigo-dyed in a rich dark indigo blue shade. Milled and indigo-dyed in Japan.

* Pattern inspired by vintage utility and military trousers, and Air Force flight suits.
* Patch pockets, front and rear.
* Zipper fly, vintage-type CONMAR, black oxidized color, cotton tape.
* Oxidized metal donut waist button.
* Waistband facing lined with Buzz Rickson’s USN-type chambray.
* Full flat-felled seam construction.
* 100% cotton stitching, black color.
* Made in Japan.

Our deck pants come raw/unwashed.
We recommend an original cold soak, spin dry cycle, line dry. These are intentionally not cut like skinny pants, and boiling them won’t change that. The N-1Z have a comfortable waist/leg fit. They will shrink to tagged size after the recommended original soak.
Color croaking (temporarily bleeding onto other lighter-colored textiles) is to be expected and will temporarily ‘stain’ light color garments such as white tucked-in undershirts. Indigo rub-off washes off eventually, this is the nature of the indigo beast.
When cleaning is needed, turn inside out and hand wash in cold water with mild eco-friendly detergent designed for delicate fabrics. Do not use a heat dryer. The jungle cloth is very durable and will resist washing machine cycles without a problem, but the indigo will react to excessive and unnecessary agitation by leaving unattractive marbling marks, even if the garment is turned inside out. The first years of care are important to guarantee a nice indigo wear patina.

Please refer to chart for cold soak/line dry measurements. Keep in mind that our cold soak method results in minimal shrinkage.

Mister Freedom Deck Pants N-1Z sizing chart

Available RAW/unwashed.
Waist Sizes: 28, 30, 32, 34, 36, 38
RETAIL $449.95

Available on www.misterfreedom.com
Email sales@misterfreedom.com or call 323-653-2014 with any questions unanswered above.
Thank you for your support.

Topsiders, “Marine Nationale” denim twill, mfsc ‘Sea Hunt’ Spring 2014


CL-MN-TAAF-1986 Mister Freedom

Rehearsing a Titanic scene, 1986

Indian Ocean, 1986.





Mister Freedom® Topsiders, “MN” (Marine Nationale) Denim.
Sea Hunt‘ mfsc Fall 2014.
Made in Japan.

Fall 2014 welcomes another option for our Topsiders. This will be a “Beverly Special” edition, as we requested to have a batch manufactured only for us.
Everything has been pretty much said about this pattern when we introduced the Topsiders during Spring 2014, in their original Okinawa denim edition.

Not to quote the old lunatic, but the original Topsiders pattern is “heavily inspired by an original pair of USN wrap-leg dungarees” from the 1940’s. We adapted the cut and fit, and “ they now have a mid-rise, similar to the rise of our Californian blue jeans“, if not slightly higher.
You know what’s coming next, but we promise this is the LAST time we mention the Marine Nationale, this week.
It has to do with the MN denim twill fabric we introduced as one of 2,478 options of the Map Shirt this Fall.

Here are some more wise words from our senile CEO, as originally posted here:
“Sometime in the 1960’s, denim twill dungarees replaced the set of linen work clothes originally issued to French seaman recruits. These linen work tops and bottoms came in both white and bleu chiné. Our Spring 2014 Crew Pants, the “MN” model in cotton/linen, was a reference to that heather blue 1950’s version the cols bleus (the “blue collars”, aka the men with the red pompom) had in their sea bag.
The cotton denim the French opted for as the replacement fabric for the work uniform in the 1960’s was in no way comparable to its dark indigo blue US Navy dungaree counterpart. It was much lighter in color. The warp had a definite purplish tone. The weft gave an almost solid white aspect to the reverse side of the denim.

The textile experts at Sugar Cane Co did an amazing job at instructing their factory in milling this “MN denim twill” from the authentic vintage swatches we had supplied. To be honest, the first fabric sample roll lacked the purplish hue and was too grey, but this production batch is spot on!
We chose to have it milled on shuttle looms, a costly process, opting for a solid white selvedge ID.
The result is an exclusive mfsc 9.4 oz. denim twill I am quite found of and proud to introduce for our “
Sea Hunt” Fall 2014 chapter…”

We’ve had requests, but we’re sharing more glossies out of the old geezer’s albums anyways.
These photos were shot somewhere in the TAAF off Madagascar, around 1986, featuring the period regulation Marine Nationale-issued cotton work pants. If I remember well, these were not extremely desirable in cut and fit, had a zipper fly and pocketing pattern reminiscent of our Spring 2014 Crew Pants. The navy blue deck jacket was the regulation model that had by then replaced its older jungle cloth cousin, a family of foul weather gear that inspired the recent Mister Freedom® Blouson de Quart.
A bit less regulation were the Vans®, the funky do, and the USS Kitty Hawk cover bartered with a Tuléar local for my extra pair of black regulation dress shoes.
All these bits of souvenirs make the fabric of our Topsiders quite special to me today.

The mfsc Topsiders “MN” denim twill are made in Japan as a collaboration between Mister Freedom® and Sugarcane Co.


9.4 oz. denim twill, 100% cotton, solid white selvedge ID. Milled in Japan.

* Pattern adapted from an original pair of WW2 US Navy denim dungarees.
* Roomy straight leg.
* Wrap-leg construction, no side seams.
* Button fly, white corozo (vegetable ivory nut) top and fly buttons.
* Selvedge waistband.
* Selvedge concealed ‘crotch gusset’.
* Two functioning rounded bottom front patch pockets, two deep rounded bottom rear back pockets.
* Adjustable back cinch strap.
* Skinny belt-loops for 2” wide belts
* Flat felled seam construction for seat and inseam.
* 100% cotton tonal stitching.
* Customizable mfsc white woven label.
* Made in Japan.

The Topsiders come RAW (unwashed) and will pretty much shrink to tagged size.
We recommend an original cold soak of about 20mn, machine spin dry or drip dry, line dry.
Do not use heat dryers.
I wear my usual 32 waist in these, using the back cinch to adjust the top block. It’s a comfortable fit, do not expect slim fitting jeans.
Further washing should be limited to when required by common sense, as in when your jeans are dirty.
It is a good idea to wash denim inside-out to avoid marbling.

Please refer to sizing chart for raw and rinsed measurements. Please note that our rinsed measurements (cold soak/line dry) show minimal shrinkage. Using hot water/heat dryer (both NOT recommended) will result in more shrinkage.

Topsiders MN Denim Mister Freedom 2014

Available Raw (unwashed) ONLY
Tagged Sizes
W28 × L36
W30 × L36
W32 × L36
W34 × L36
W36 × L36
W38 × L36
Retail $399.95

Available from www.misterfreedom.com
Please call the store at 323-653-2014 or email sales@misterfreedom.com with any questions not addressed above.
Thank you sincerely for your support 🙂

‘Blouson de Quart’, khaki Jungle Cloth edition, “Sea Hunt” mfsc Collection Fall 2014

Blouson de Quart Mister Freedom Sea Hunt 2014

Not now Kato!

Blouson de Quart Mister Freedom Sea Hunt 2014

Blouson de Quart Mister Freedom Sea Hunt 2014

Blouson de Quart Mister Freedom Sea Hunt 2014

Waxed Mister Freedom Blouson de Quart, Jan 2016

Worn & waxed Mister Freedom® Blouson de Quart (Update Jan 2016)

Blouson de Quart“, Khaki Jungle Cloth edition
‘Sea Hunt’ mfsc Collection, Fall 2014

You are by now aware of our inclination for dressing up an occasional MF® piece in obscure foreign words. The reason for this is dual. It makes our conversations around the copy machine colorful, and give us a chance to appear educated.
So here we go again with this “Blouson de Quart“.

a what?

this what?

Some of the MF® old timers might remember the mfsc N-1H jacket (“H” was for hook), released sometime in 2008. It combined the design/color of several early USN deck jackets into a never-existed-but-could-have hybrid curiosity. Some today believe it did exist…
Because the garment industry has now flooded the Seas with reiterations of naval deck jackets, timing seemed perfect for not adding another drop to that ocean. And when timing is wrong, you can expect Mister Freedom® to barge in.

First Edition mfsc Deck Jacket, 2008

First Edition mfsc Deck Jacket, 2008

To everyone’s delight, we have tapped quite a bit into the “Marine Nationale” (the French Navy) for inspiration on our “Sea Hunt” adventures. Since the introduction of the Spring chapter in March 2014, fabrics and anecdotes have been freely adapted and borrowed from the world of the cols bleus. Encouragement, mostly in the form of emails to sales@misterfreedom.com starting with “If i never hear about his stint again, it’ll be too soon”, have kept us going.
So it won’t come as a surprise that the term “Blouson de Quart” refers to the winter jacket seafaring French sailors wore while on watch, as they assumed their ¼-workday duty.
Sometime in the 1960’s, the French Navy issued a  jacket very much lifted from the US Navy type N-1 deck jacket, the probable result of joined operations when a specific piece of uniform seen in action would appeal to the men of one fleet, creating a demand the Commissariat de la marine eventually addressed.
Scholars will correct me.
Also known as “Veste de pont“, both deck jackets shared a similar ‘jungle cloth’ type fabric, the French boasting its hydrofuge quality on the label (a dubious water and oil repellent claim). Although the shell was olive green in color, the Marine Nationale‘s version adopted the chocolate brown ‘dog-hair’ lining of the later alpaca-lined American N-1.

Vintage Marine Nationale veste de pont 60's 70's Vintage Marine Nationale veste de pont 60's 70's Commandant Charcot 1949 Courtesy Georges Gadioux USS Pumper Courtesy Serge Tilly Vendeen Courtesy Claude Hennard 1977

Photos of an additional French vintage veste de pont can be seen on this blog., featuring a hooded version flanked by the traditional “MN” anchor chest stencil.

Above vintage photos credits:
* Commandant Charcot 1949 photo Courtesy of  Georges Gadioux.
* On watch on the ‘USS Pumper’ Courtesy of Serge Tilly
* Foul weather on ‘Escorteur Rapide Vendeen’ Courtesy of Claude Hennard (1977)

Artist and friend Patrick Segui hooked us up with some amazing photos of these jackets in action. Thanks Captain.
(All credits to the men who served, original owners of these photos, who hopefully won’t mind the respectful exposure.)

If our naval-inspired and aptly-named jacket shares its overall pattern with our “Naval Clothing Tailor” days N-1H, this Fall 2014 “Blouson de Quart” is its own beast, not a mere reissue of an out-of-stock jacket.
Back in 2008, navy blue jungle cloth fabric was quite a rare bird in the vintage world, which made it a perfect candidate for a mfsc jacket shell at the time. The vintage khaki version of that fabric had always been a more common flea market find, a bit ‘less special’ for us rag hounds.
But the coolness of original 1940’s USN-issued khaki deck jackets is undeniable. We’ve all seen those famous Newman or Dean shots. Old photos of 1950’s/60’s dock-working gangs are rarely not featuring one or two in the crowd.
I’ve had an old beat-up N-1 in my closet for years, and figured that a khaki jungle cloth coat was looong overdue in the MF® line-up of cold weather offerings.
There it is.
Ze blouson de quart.

As mentioned, this is not a replica, and you’ll notice we spared you the indelible anchor chest stencil, or any kind of outer military markings for that matter. As much as I appreciate finding authentic vintage pieces with original custom unit stencils and original Armed Forces markings, I’ve always been a bit skeptical regarding USN/USMC/USAAF/… or any type of official military ‘tagging’ on civvy clothing, legit replica or fashion fling. But that’s just me.

Another touch of mfsc nostalgia applying to this jacket is the addition of “Liberty Cuffs” everyone is familiar with today. There was a ‘Liberty-issue’ denim Peacoat we made a while back, and we’re using that same good ol’ story for our “Blouson de Quart“.
“Liberty cuffs” were often a feature on custom-made crackerjacks American sailors ordered from local tailors, mostly while on tour in exotic Far-East locations. Concealed during duty, the cuffs were rolled while on liberty, ie. time off-base or off-ship. They showed how salty one was. Embroidered dragons, octopus, mermaids, eagles and other patriotic or humorous patches, matched with all kinds of colorful custom stitching of the garment’s lining, made for a good opening line while trying to convince bar ladies to join for a tour of the local museums…
Our “Sea Hunt” team member went with a classy sea D-cup creature. Please note that our mermaid patches are only sewn on three sides, in case you want to stick an emergency sawbuck or c-note in there.
For those interested in learning more about this specific naval tradition, the 2010 soft-cover book  “U.S. Navy Tailor-Made Dress Blues, Liberty Cuffs and Sailor Folk-Art” by SCPO Daniel D. Smith sheds light on what is fully spelled out in its title.

Back on shore.
Speaking of exotic destinations, our ‘Blouson de Quart’ will not exactly be the attire of choice for the atoll of Tetiaroa. This thing is W.A.R.M., and means business, Jack! The thick wool alpaca lining will do better under temperate climates than coconut trees.
As soft as this wool pile lining is, it is still wool and i’m allergic.  So we’ve opted to line the collar with 100% cotton corduroy, instead of the traditional N-1 dog skin that would keep me from wearing the jacket with a simple skivvy underneath.
If you’re into manufacturing anecdotes, this is one’s for you. If not, scroll down to the bad news, 9 c-notes.
If you’re still here, let’s mention that for our made-for-US batch, we opted to incorporate vintage 1930’s French NOS selvedge corduroy fabric (technically “Velour D’Amiens“, a now defunct very high quality wide wade corduroy used for work-wear and hunting coats). We had found some dusty yardage a while back, just enough to make a very limited batch of jackets with it. This didn’t make production easier for the factory, as the made-for-Japan jackets featured a different type of lighter corduroy, both in weight and color. But we got what we wanted, thanks to our hard-working friends at Toyo Enterprises.

Mister Freedom 2014

Vintage NOS French corduroy, collar of the ‘Blouson de Quart’

For the front closure, we combined the black-painted metal clip-hooks of the second type USN deck jackets with the solid TALON zipper of M-51 type field jackets. This heavy-duty black oxidized mil-specs zipper matches that three pounder of a coat (3.2 Lbs for a Medium!)
Both jacket and zipper should last a few cross-Atlantic cruises.

The mfsc “Blouson de Quart” is designed in California by Mister Freedom®, and manufactured in Japan by Sugar Cane Co.


* Shell: Sturdy 14 Oz. all cotton “Jungle Cloth”, khaki color.
Please note that this fabric is a slightly heavier than the jungle cloth we originally used for both issues of our N-1H Deck Jacket.
* Lining: A warm soft-touch wool pile full lining, chocolate brown.
* Collar: 100% cotton corduroy.

* Freely inspired by vintage USN and Marine Nationale deck jackets, worn by 1940’s-1960’s sailors in foul weather conditions.
* Double front closure featuring 1940’s-type clip hooks and 1950’s-type mil-specs TALON zipper.
* Chin strap collar, 100% cotton corduroy lining, no-pain-in-the-neck guaranteed.
* Concealed chill-protectant wool knit cuffs.
* Liberty cuffed with mfsc mermaid patches.
* Synch-waist adjustment.
* MF® teardrop hand-warmer pockets, corduroy lined.
* Olive color rot-proof poly-thread stitching.
* Made in Japan.

This is highly unusual for us but we had these coats factory rinsed. NOT distressed, mind you, just professionally rinsed and gently tumble-dried. That way, the headache of the shrinkage guessing game doesn’t apply. Our Blouson de Quart is true to size. I wear a 38 in this coat, with room for a denim jacket or wool sweater underneath. Really skinny body types considering sizing down might have an issue with a tight arm opening. As with most non-bespoke garments, this jacket will not work on all body types, all body proportions and everyone’s personal aesthetics.

If you think it works for you however, do NOT wash this jacket in a home washing machine. You’ll first ruin said washing machine, risk getting the metal hooks snagged, get marbling marks on the fabric… at which point you’ll realize this is enough fun for a day, and you still need photos for eBay.

Your activities and frequency of wear will dictate when cleaning is needed. Please use common sense with spot cleaning or take the jacket to a professional eco-friendly cleaner.

We have measured the jacket to the best of our abilities. Refer to our sizing chart and remember that measurements are from the outside of the fabric. The lining is about ¼ inch thick, which reduces the inside room by that much.

Blouson de Quart Mister Freedom 2014

Available delicately rinsed.
Retail $899.95

Available from www.misterfreedom.com
Email sales@misterfreedom.com or call 323-653-2014 with any questions unanswered above.
Thank you for your support.

Ye Olde Sportsman Shirt, Tartan edition. Made in USA by a savvy group of experts.

Sportsman Tartan Mister Freedom Fall 2014



Sportsman Tartan Mister Freedom Fall 2014

Sportsman Tartan Mister Freedom Fall 2014


Sportsman Tartan Mister Freedom Fall 2014



Sportsman Shirt, Tartan edition.
“The Sportsman” catalog, Fall 2014

This might come as a disappointing piece of news to you, but if you were thinking of sporting a Balmoral Tartan kilt this winter, fuhgeddaboudit. You’d need the approval of Her Majesty The Queen. I heard this takes a while. She’s busy.

Forgeteth about it

A Tartan could be described as “a design which is capable of being woven consisting of two or more alternating coloured stripes which combine vertically and horizontally to form a repeated chequered pattern“, as per the very official Scottish Register Of Tartans.
It turns out some of the 90°-angled geometrical designs we, barbarians, refer to as plaids find their origin in the Highlands of XVIIIth Century Scotland. With such a rich historical background to explore, it is tempting for me to rewind back to 1538, and mention King James V’s hose. No, not the courtesans, the plaid tights he wore.

James V of Scotland's selfie

James V of Scotland’s selfie

So, before this gets out of hand, here is where Mister Freedom® cometh in.
At this point, you’re saying “Show me da goods foo! Where’s my MF® F/W 2014 ERDL kilt?!”
Holdeth thy horses Sire, I says. That’s up next season. For now, alas, we have opted to entertain your brave heart spirit with a simple Sportsman Shirt, in two funky fresh options:
a) A cloth in the style of a “Dress Stewart” tartan, woven plaid with a red dominant, 50% cotton 50% linen blend.
b) A cloth in the style of a “Dress Menzies” tartan, woven plaid with a white dominant, 50% cotton 50% linen blend.
Both fabric options are milled in 日本, Empire of the Sun.
Ali Ghetto, don’t touch my mustache.

The shirt pattern is our classic Sportsman Shirt body, featuring the usual signature details such as inverted box-pleat pocketing, shoulder expansion pleats, inside green chain-stitch, metal cast buttons, side gussets, chin strap, American manufacture…
Now, on a side note, dig this.
Our local factory decided to improvise and share with us their open-edge side gusset technique. Thanks guys, that’s very special. This is the same group of savvy experts who had, in the past, opted to overlock the edge of a perfectly fine vintage selvedge chambray fabric so that… it wouldn’t unravel.


I respect your talent, but my wife doesn’t like it

This time, while checking this proudly made in USA production, we realized the single layer gusset piece had, not only no selvedge, but was cut on a bias with unfinished edges (a traditional gusset is either a selvedge single layer or folded over double layer piece of fabric)…
Luckily, this flaw will in no way jeopardize the integrity of the seam of our shirt. But the edge of the gussets will fray with washing. Rugged daddy style, which some brands charge extra for.
Of course this stays between you and I. Let’s just say Mister Freedom® is starting a trend here. Soon at a mall near you, as we’ve seen worse things catch on.

Liz called and said we’d better fix the gussets, and on the quickness. So we can all move on, here is what we did. The shirts will come with hemmed side gussets, as picture front and back on these macro shots. The fellow staring at your gussets next to you will see a top stitch.
We understand if this is unacceptable to some, and will gladly suggest other options. We’re not pushy.

Our Sportsman Shirt Tartan edition is designed and made in California by Mister Freedom®, in collaboration with Sugar Cane Co, with the help of a few local skilled geniuses. Fabric milled in Japan.


PATTERN: An original MFSC pattern, inspired by our usual vintage influences.

Two options
a) A “Dress Stewart” style fabric (woven plaid with a red dominant), 50% cotton 50% linen. Milled in Japan.
b) A “Dress Menzies” style fabric (woven plaid with a white dominant), 50% cotton 50% linen. Milled in Japan.

* Relaxed silhouette and fit.
* Original chest inverted box-pleat double pockets.
* Slim chin strap.
* Full button front.
* MF® original olive green painted embossed metal buttons, combination solid and MFSC branding.
* White cotton popeline button facing strip.
* Double front & back expansion pleats on shoulder yoke.
* One piece cuff gusset.
* 100% cotton thread, high stitch count.
* Flat felled seams, with inside green chain-stitch MF® signature.
* Fashion-forward side gussets, very special.
* Original “The SPORTSMAN” woven rayon label.
* Made in California, USA.

This plaid shirt comes raw/unwashed and both options will shrink to tagged size.
We recommend an initial cold rinse and line dry. Do not use hot water or heat dryer, as this will result in excessive shrinkage.
It is the nature of linen to always look wrinkled after being rinsed. This is not a flaw, but one of the few differences between linen and polyester jersey.
Our blend of 50% linen and 50% cotton feels quite ‘dry’ and will soften overtime, with normal wash & wear cycles.

If you are usually a Medium in mfsc shirting, you are a Medium in the Sportsman Tartan.
Please refer to our sizing chart for measurements of raw and cold-rinse/line-dry garments.

Plaid Sportsman Shirt - Red Plaid Sportsman Shirt Black-Navy

Available RAW/unwashed.
14½ (Small)
15½ (Medium)
16½ (Large)
17½ (X-Large)
18½ (XX-Large)

RETAIL $289.95

Available from www.misterfreedom.com
Email sales@misterfreedom.com or call 323-653-2014 with any questions unanswered above.
Thank you for your support.

Sportsman Shirt, indigo twill métis, Sportsman catalog Fall 2014. Made in USA.

Workman shirt Fall 2014 Mister Freedom

Workman shirt Fall 2014 Mister Freedom


Sportsman Metis Fall 2014 Mister Freedom

Workman shirt Fall 2014 Mister Freedom

Sportsman Shirt, indigo twill métis
“The Sportsman” Catalog, Fall 2014

A new addition to our “Sportsman” line-up this Fall 2014 is an indigo twill métis shirt.
Using our classic Sportsman shirt pattern, we have once again put an old familiar face to work: our original indigo métis fabric, originally introduced sometime in 2011 with the Veste Ouvrier of “Les Apaches” collection.
Some of you might be familiar with other good use we have made of that fabric, such as the Sportsman Chinos, Pantalon Ouvrier, the Paletot Apache, the Chemise Hirondelle, and the Gilet de Ville de Depp de Hollywood

Photo courtesy of whoever took it

Photo courtesy of whoever took it

When applied to textiles, the French word métis refers to a blend of cotton and linen fibers. Métis fabrics were used extensively by French country folks in the better part of the XXth Century, for both bedding and clothing. If hemp was never mixed with linen, cotton became its best companion due to the properties of the resulting ‘métissage’. In the old days, cotton/linen textiles were tough, affordable, washed easily… until poly fibers hit the fan.
On a side note, it has not escaped you that I have kept on spelling it wrong since launching our indigo twill in 2011. Indeed, it is métis, and not métisse. Mea culpa, I can now feel awsome again.
The fabric of our Sportsman shirt blends 70% cotton with 30% linen. Woven in a twill pattern, both warp and weft yarns are indigo dyed.

Sportsman Metis Fall 2014 Mister Freedom

For those into naturally faded specimen of indigo-dyed clothing, here are some instances of what happens to our indigo métis over time.
We don’t get tired of our friend Tyler’s veste ouvrier, quite an epic example of what happens to workwear actually worked-in…

Veste Ouvrier Tyler Madden Mister Freedom

Our friend Mikko, from  “Pancho and Lefty” in Sweden, has a neighbor who seems to enjoy wearing his Sportsman Chinos indigo métis quite regularly… These were purchased unwashed, and were originally the exact same color as our métis shirt…
Thank you for sharing, Gentlemen.

The Sportsman Shirt indigo twill métis is designed and manufactured in California, USA, by Mister Freedom®, in collaboration with Sugar Cane Co.
Fabric loomed  in Japan.

PATTERN: An original MFSC, inspired by our vintage influences.

Indigo Métis Twill: 9.7 oz. indigo dyed twill blend, 70% cotton and 30% linen, un-sanforized. The yarn core is white, the indigo outer has a purple blue shade typical of early French indigo work clothes. Fades, bleeds and reacts to sun light.

* Relaxed silhouette and fit.
* Original chest inverted box-pleat double pockets.
* Slim chin strap.
* Full button front.
* Original painted embossed metal buttons, combination solid and MFSC branding.
* White cotton popeline button facing strip.
* Double front & back expansion pleats on shoulder yoke.
* One piece cuff gusset.
* 100% cotton thread, high stitch count.
* Flat felled seams, with inside green chain-stitch MF® signature.
* Side gussets.
* Original “The SPORTSMAN” woven rayon label.
* Made in California, USA.

This shirt comes raw/unwashed.
We recommend an original 30mn cold soak, spin dry, line dry. The shirt can be shaped by putting it on for a few minutes while still damp, then hung back to fully dry. This process with result in minimal shrinkage and almost no indigo color loss. The shirt might still feel a bit loose because it has not fully shrunk but will settle to the proper fit with subsequent normal wear/wash cycles.
We prefer this slower method over the hot water/heat dryer some use to make clothes fit.
I am a Medium in mfsc shirts and wear a Medium in the Sportsman métis.

Color croaking is to be expected and will temporarily ‘stain’ light color garments such as white undershirts. Indigo rub-off washes off eventually, but is less than attractive when applied to arm pits. This is unfortunately the nature of the beast.
This indigo-dyed métis fabric is also very light sensitive. Protect garment from the sun if stored folded to avoid uneven fading.
When laundry is due, hand-wash inside out with mild detergent and line dry.

Please refer to chart for cold soak/line dry measurements. Keep in mind that our cold soak method results in minimal shrinkage.

Sportsman Shirt Metis CHART

Available RAW/unwashed.

RETAIL $329.95

Available from www.misterfreedom.com
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