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® “SNIPES” Shirt, OD cotton poplin, mfsc SS2021 “FROGSVILLE”. Made in Japan.

 

Mister Freedom® x Sugar Cane msfc SS2021 FROGSVILLE Collection & SPORTSMAN LookBook Preview

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Mister Freedom® x Sugar Cane mfsc SS2021 FROGSVILLE line-up

Mister Freedom® ADVISOR WINDBREAKER, denim, mfsc SS2021

Mister Freedom® ADVISOR WINDBREAKER, tiger, mfsc SS2021

Mister Freedom® SCUBA TRUNKS, denim, mfsc SS2021

Mister Freedom® SCUBA TRUNKS, tiger, mfsc SS2021

Mister Freedom® Stanley Tees FROGSVILLE, mfsc SS2021

Mister Freedom® FROGMAN Jacket & SWABBIES CUT-OFFS, navy HBT, mfsc SS2021

Mister Freedom® FROGMAN Jacket, navy HBT, mfsc SS2021

Mister Freedom® SWABBIES CUT-OFFS, navy HBT, mfsc SS2021

Mister Freedom® SNIPES shirt, OD poplin, mfsc SS2021

 

Mister Freedom® RAIDERS FATIGUES, denim, mfsc SS2021

Mister Freedom® RAIDERS FATIGUES, OD HBT, mfsc SS2021

 

 

Mister Freedom® x Sugar Cane SS2021 SPORTSMAN Catalog

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Mister Freedom® RANCH BLOUSE & CALIFORNIAN LOT.674, double indigo denim twill, mfsc SS2021 SPORTSMAN Catalog

Mister Freedom® RANCH BLOUSE, double indigo denim twill, mfsc SS2021 SPORTSMAN Catalog

 

Mister Freedom® CALIFORNIAN LOT.674, double indigo denim twill, mfsc SS2021 SPORTSMAN Catalog

Mister Freedom® RANCH KERCHIEFS, royal blue & turquoise edition, SS2021

Mister Freedom® CALIFORNIAN LOT.64 “PANIOLO”, 14 Oz SC401 selvedge denim , mfsc SS2021 SPORTSMAN Catalog

Mister Freedom® SPORTSMAN Shirt, Island Plaid, mfsc SS2021 SPORTSMAN Catalog

Mister Freedom® CALIFORNIAN LOT.674, gold selvedge pique, mfsc SS2021 SPORTSMAN Catalog

Mister Freedom® P.T. Henley, tubular jersey, mfsc SS2021 SPORTSMAN Catalog

Mister Freedom® CONTINENTAL Bermudas, Palaka plaid, mfsc SS2021 SPORTSMAN Catalog

Mister Freedom® CONTINENTAL Sportcoat, slate grey denim twill, mfsc SS2021 SPORTSMAN Catalog

Mister Freedom® SPORTSMAN Chinos, slate grey denim twill, mfsc SS2021 SPORTSMAN Catalog

Dear Friends,
Hope this finds you well, healthy, and in high spirits!

Keeping it light, here is a preview of the SS2021 Mister Freedom® x Sugar Cane (mfsc) collaboration, for your consideration.
Our seasonal output consists of two groupings.

The main theme is called “FROGSVILLE”.
Not a reference to my city of birth but rather a stylistic incursion into the world of vintage UDT (Underwater Demolition Team), Frogmen and US Navy SEALs, throwing eclectic 1940s-1970s references in the MF® blender. This is us taking many liberties on period US military garb and local-made garments, with an emphasis on active, practical, and streamlined gear.
The subtle message is not about glamorizing wars, but rather about encouraging safe and healthy outdoor activities, as an alternative to video game addiction and doomscrolling.

The FROGSVILLE collection will be manufactured in Japan (with the exception of the tees, all made and printed in USA.)
The SS2021 line-up will include:

1) ADVISOR Jacket 🇯🇵:
* Buzz Rickson’s tiger stripe
* Selvedge 2×1 “Army” denim
2) SCUBA Trunks 🇯🇵:
* Buzz Rickson’s tiger stripe
* Selvedge 2×1 “Army” denim
3) “Stanley” DIVE Shirt, stenciled 🇺🇸:
* Gold body, hand-stenciled
* Royal blue body, hand-stenciled
4) “Stanley” FROGSVILLE two-pack box 🇺🇸:
Gold and royal blue combo, solid.
5) “Stanley” 7161 HULL 🇺🇸:
Silkscreened ship grey body
6) FROGMAN Jacket 🇯🇵:
Navy blue HBT
7) SWABBIES Cut-Offs 🇯🇵:
Navy blue HBT
8) SNIPES Shirt 🇯🇵:
OD cotton poplin
9) RAIDERS Fatigues 🇯🇵:
* OD/khaki combo HBT
* Selvedge 2×1 “Army” denim

The next pile o’ rags consists of classic additions to our made-in-USA SPORTSMAN catalog (with the exception of the Ranch Kerchiefs, produced in Japan.)
The “Paniolo” reference is about the unlikely combo of Hawaiian culture and cowboys, historically documented in this book for those interested.

The SS2021 SPORTSMAN line-up will include:

1) RANCH BLOUSE and CALIFORNIAN Blue Jeans LOT.674 🇺🇸:
Double indigo denim, selvedge 12.4 Oz.
2) RANCH KERCHIEF 🇯🇵:
* Royal blue
* Turquoise
3) CALIFORNIAN Blue Jeans LOT.64 “PANIOLO” 🇺🇸:
SC401 “Hawaii” selvedge denim, 14 Oz., “Palaka” cloth pocketing
4) SPORTSMAN Shirt 🇺🇸:
NOS “island plaid”
5) CALIFORNIAN Blue Jeans LOT.674 🇺🇸:
Gold selvedge pique.
6) P.T. (Physical Training) Henley 🇺🇸:
White tubular “skivvy” jersey, olive green accents
7) CONTINENTAL BERMUDAS “PANIOLO” 🇺🇸:
“Palaka” cloth indigo plaid.
8) CONTINENTAL Sportcoat and SPORTMAN Chinos 🇺🇸:
NOS slate grey denim twill, 60% cotton/40% linen, 8 Oz.

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

Drop dates for this latest Mister Freedom® x Sugar Cane SS2021 mfsc line-up will start in the coming months. We are expecting deliveries between February and April 2021, as Japan and USA factories gradually complete production. Feel free to contact sales@misterfreedom.com with questions you may have, although full specs will only be available at the time each garment is released and documented on this blog.

Lastly, I know that you, as a consumer, have many options in selecting menswear apparel to match your aesthetics, ethics, and budget. I am therefore particularly grateful and indebted to all our supportive patrons, who have yet-again made another season of mfsc possible.
Thank you for supporting creativity, for keeping small businesses in business, and for making us look good.
Stay safe, stay sane, and stay cool my friends.

Love from Sunny California,

cl

🌞✌🏼👴🏼🌴

Christophe Loiron
Mister Freedom®
7161 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
USA
(t) 323.653.2014
www.misterfreeedom.com