Mister Freedom® GYMSTAR Sweatpants, all-cotton yarn-dyed fleeced jersey, mfsc FW2021 “PODIUM” Collection. Made in Japan

MF® GYMSTAR, official equipment of the French Can-Can Sport Federation.

 

 

Mister Freedom® GYMSTAR and Campfire Audio® ARA in-ear-monitors (IEM).

Mister Freedom® GYMSTAR Sweatpants, all-cotton yarn-dyed fleeced jersey.
FW2021 mfsc PODIUM collection.
Made in Japan.

The Mister Freedom® GYMSTAR Sweatpants are inspired by a pair of 1991 US Army-issued PFU (Physical Fitness Uniform) sweatpants, with a design origin in 1951 courtesy of the mighty Champion®.

As an improvement over bygone “Utes & Boots” PT outfits (un-bloused utility trousers, regulation undershirt and combat boots), by October 1991, all US Army active duty soldiers were required to own a regulation set of PFU grey T-shirt/trunks/sweatshirt/sweatpants.

Recruiter Journal, Volume 43, 1990.

Issued to new recruits in basic training or as a mandatory purchase via PX for active duty personnel, heather grey was the latest makeover of US Army physical training gear. The 1990s PFU ensemble underwent several modifications until it started getting phased-out in 2014, officially ending in 2017, to be replaced by the IPFU (Improved Physical Fitness Uniform). Hard to keep-up with military “fashion” sometimes…
Most of us civvies, especially those haunting vintage clothing stores rather than malls, are familiar with the undershirt part of the 1990s PFU: the common silver heather grey T-shirt silkscreened in black ARMY lettering in front. The PFU sweat bottoms, although not uncommon in the used market, are somewhat scarce these days.
Two characteristic features are the reverse-weave leg construction, and the four-point star-shaped crotch rib gusset.
The PFU contract may have been scored by Champion® at the time (need conf on that), although the iconic brand had by then off-shored most production, contrary to US Department of Defense policy to favor domestic manufacturing since the 1941 Berry Amendment, an effort to promote made-in-USA as the provenance of choice for US military uniforms.

On a side note, the iconic Champion® brand, American maker of traditional athletic apparel and today both a sportswear and hip streetwear staple – the ultimate revival success story – was once a small privately-owned company founded in 1919 by the Feinbloom Brothers. Abraham and William Feinbloom were two American football fanatics from Rochester, NY, and had an educated opinion on how to better equip sport amateurs and pros. Both Champion® and competitor Russel Athletic® pioneered in the inception and introduction of the classic cotton sweatsuit (aka warm-up suit) in American athletics during the 1930s.

In 1938, Champion® devised a clever way of cutting circular jersey knit fleece in a cross-grain manner. This technique limited vertical shrinkage and guaranteed long-lasting fits of their products. The company managed to get a patent granted from the US Patent Office on their ‘Reverse Weave’ technology in 1952 for both sweatshirt and sweatpants.

Champion “Reverse-Weave” US Patent 2,613,360 filed in 1951, courtesy US Pattern Office.

Champion® has been engulfed since 1989 in the Sara Lee Corporation, a conglomerate specializing in frozen food, and apparently keen and skilled at diversifying!

For our Mister Freedom® GYMSTAR, we played around with an original 1991 US Army PFU sweatpants pattern and fit. We adopted the expansion “action gusset”, cross-grain wrap leg (displaying horizontal wales), elastic cinch bottoms and draw-string elastic waist, and tweaked it all to our liking. Our gusset is cut from the same fancy all-cotton 1×5 needle-out ribbing featured on our MEDALIST, and is ideal for French Can-Can training.
For practicality, we wanted pockets, so we drew-up an original simple pattern using flat lock stitch construction, and flanked the GYMSTAR with a smartphone-size side pocket and a rear patch pocket.

The fabric of our GYMSTAR is old-school sweatshirt material to keep it simple, and technically a single-knit fabric with a flat texture jersey on the face (outside) backed with French Terry reverse with loops mechanically shredded/brushed into a soft fleece pile (inside). More specifically, a yarn-dyed heather grey heavy weight 12 Oz. 100% cotton tubular fleeced jersey knit. Same fabric as our heather grey MEDALIST.

The MF® GYMSTAR Sweatpants, in all-cotton tubular fleeced jersey knit, is designed by Mister Freedom® in California, USA, and produced in Japan in collaboration with Sugar Cane Co.

SPECS:
FABRIC:
Heavy weight 12 Oz. 100% cotton tubular fleeced jersey knit, yarn-dyed Heather Grey, soft brushed pile back for warmth and absorbency. Milled in Japan.
DETAILS:
* Inspired by vintage US Army PFU sweatpants and other vintage athletic garments.
* Cut from tubular knit fleeced jersey.
* Cross-grain wrap leg displaying horizontal jersey wales.
* Expanding “Action gusset” on inside leg seam/seat/crotch, with double layer of all-cotton 1×5 needle-out ribbing.
* Elastic cinch bottoms.
* Elastic waist with cotton draw-string cinch.
* Original construction patch pockets, one smartphone-size side pocket and one back pocket.
* Flat lock stitch construction.
* Four-needle flat lock stitching construction.
* Original mfsc “PODIUM” rayon woven label.
* Made in Japan

SIZING/FIT:
The MF® GYMSTAR Sweatpants come raw (un-rinsed) and we recommend this protocol before wearing, so that the garment shrinks to tagged size:
* Full machine wash, cold water, delicate cycle, no detergent necessary.
* Use a tumble dryer on low heat until fully-dry.

These are not Lulu Lemon leggings. The cut and length are quite generous, and the size that will work for you will depend on your desired silhouette and intended use. I opted for a size SMALL, with ample room to move around and an old-school fit. I am approx 5’7 /145 lbs.

CARE:
Low maintenance garment. Launder when needed.
Machine wash, normal cycle, cold water, mild eco-friendly detergent. Tumble dry on low heat.

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 soft Merino wool 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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