Mister Freedom® MULHOLLAND “DRIZZLE-KING”, Cachou Cotton Canvas, mfsc FW2019, Made in Japan.

“Is cycling just a little thing with you, or are you serious?” Triumph Ad (1965)

Photo Yoshi Miyazaki (Seven Bros) ©2019

Mister Freedom® “Mulholland DRIZZLE-KING”, cachou cotton canvas.
FW2019 mfsc SURPLUS Catalog.
Made in Japan.

Back in 2009, we released a British-style riding jacket, part of a “Speed Safe Clothing For Modern Riders” story, the original Mister Freedom® Mulholland Master. That first model, issued in chocolate brown jungle cloth, was followed by a black version, re-released and updated in 2016 as part of the mfsc Anniversary Collection. That same year, an indigo jungle cloth model was also introduced.

The “Mulholland DRIZZLE-KING” is our 2019 interpretation.

A few words on the roots of that classic design first, to “render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s”…

Today a familiar silhouette in fashionable menswear, the origins of the classic “A7 jacket” arch back to the mid 1930’s. The jacket’s design, with its instantly-recognizable slanted chest pocket and rain-proof flaps, emerged out of the UK. Originally developed by J. Barbour and Sons for the military, the jacket would later be associated with typical British motorcycle oil cloth riding gear. Similar styles from competing motor-cycling apparel brands were subsequently made available, such as wax cloth pioneer Belstaff‘s versions.
By the 1960’s recreational motorcyclists around the world, and select professional racers alike, had adopted the ‘European’ style riding gear fashion. In 1964, the US Olympic Team would give the British motorcycle jacket its Lettres of Coolness during the International Six Day Trials (ISDT), with a little push from one of the official members, rider number 278…

We got the “Mulholland” name of our humble interpretation of that classic garment from one of Los Angeles’ iconic highway, a scenic stretch of asphalt turned playground for Californian motorcycle riders, automotive speedsters and local midnight cruisers.

The Mister Freedom® Mulholland Masters pattern borrows heavily from vintage UK apparel, but also blends in elements of classic US military gear such as 1940’s paratrooper outfits (M-42 type) and early BU. Aero US Navy flight jackets (M-421a type). Our interpretation combines old school British moto style with American coolness, keeping the 1960’s vibe while giving the garment a contemporary fit.

Our Mulholland Master iterations have always been heavy jackets, confined to the closet for most of the year in Southern California. So we thought of adding a somewhat “light” version for 2019. We initially considered stripping the design of some of its intricate details (diamond elbow patch, complex pocket patterns, “sandwiched” lining, etc…), but decided against it. The Mulholland would stay the Mulholland, and no corners would get cut! The Japanese factory that had been producing the Mulhollands since 2009 initially turned down doing another run, but eventually agreed to the challenge again. Design-wise, we merely edited-out the removable snap-on chin strap, which proved to mostly be used as a Lost & Found staple anyways!

To shave off some of the bulkiness and weight of the early Mulholland models, we decided to substitute the heavy jungle cloth with the 13 Oz. ‘cachou’ cotton duck canvas of our popular Conductor Jacket, and to replace the traditional corduroy lining with the eye-pleasing cotton woven plaid previously featured on the Dune Buggy Jacket. The result is still a hefty coat of about 4 Lbs (!) but a bit more versatile and So Cal-friendly, without falling into the contemporary fashiony versions.

WAXING: We are only issuing the DRIZZLE-KING in its raw, untreated form. The canvas is not water-repellent, and some owners might opt to wax the jacket as a DIY project. We will soon publish a brief video recap of the waxing process of an early DRIZZLE-KING prototype on the MF® Youtube account, but please be warned that it is a real endeavor! Waxing is also a commitment, as once you start you have to finish, and there’s no un-waxing the garment. The “waxed look” is also an acquired taste, we’ve heard it referred-to quite poetically as the “homeless look”… Keep in mind that your seat companion on the plane might not get all the vintage oilcloth and cool ISDT references!
For the bold we wants to proceed, considering the potentially amazing-looking results and rewarding patina, we recommend pure natural beeswax (about 2 Lbs.), a heat gun (hair dryer won’t cut it), a bucket of elbow grease, and a lot of patience. Note that, after curing overnight, the waxed jacket will be stiff as a board if you use pure beeswax, as opposed to the usual petroleum-based commercial thornproof dressing.

The Mulholland “DRIZZLE-KING” is designed in California by MISTER FREEDOM® and produced in Japan by SUGAR CANE Co.

SPECS:

FABRIC:
Shell: Sturdy and crispy 100% cotton duck canvas, 13 Oz., selvedge, brown ‘cachou’ color, milled and dyed in Japan.
Lining: Cotton/linen blend woven plaid, indigo and white tartan.

DETAILS:
* Freely inspired by vintage classic British motorcycling apparel, 1940’s US Paratrooper jackets and other vintage military coats.
* Four front snap flap ‘rainproof’ pockets and one rear snap flap pocket, for maps/tools/documents. Top right pocket secured by concealed “Conmatic” zipper. Pockets lined with plaid fabric.
* Inside chest pocket.
* Belted, featuring a solid US-made brass police garrison buckle. (For the rowdy type, that removable belt can also turn into an instant weapon, should you and your cycle survive an encounter with a texting ‘n driving genius, for whom turn signals and rear-view mirrors are purely SUV decorative options.)
* Italian “Fiocchi” brass snaps, original manufacturer of Italian military snaps, along with their cousin counterpart Company DEWEY.
* Heavy-duty 1950’s-type US mil-specs oxidized black metal TALON zipper front closure.
* Wind flap secured by snaps.
* Stand collar with adjustable buckle strap, corduroy-lined.
* Diamond elbow patches, M-421A BU. Aero US Navy jacket-style.
* Adjustable gusset wrist snap closures.
* Tonal stitching, cotton-wrapped poly thread.
* Made in Japan.

SIZING/FIT:
The DRIZZLE-KING come raw/unwashed and is cut so that the measurements match the labeling after an initial cold soak/line dry.
We recommend our usual method for raw cotton garments:
* 30-40mn cold soak with intermittent hand agitation, in minimally-filled washing machine or bath tub.
* Spin dry cycle (if using a machine).
* Hang dry.

I wear a comfortable 38 in this coat and all other Mulholland models, with room for a thick shirt or wool sweater underneath.
We have taken the measurements to the best of our abilities. Refer to our sizing chart and remember that measurements are from the outside of the fabric.

CHART

CARE:
Please DO NOT attempt to wash this jacket in a home washing machine! You risk ruining both machine and jacket, as the DRIZZLE-KING weights a ton when wet.
Activities and frequency of wear will obviously dictate when cleaning is needed. Please use common sense with spot cleaning, or take the jacket to a professional eco-friendly cleaner. Remove the belt before cleaning.

The DRIZZLE-KING can also be hand-washed in a tub filled with cold water. Use eco-friendly detergent. Hang to dry.
IMPORTANT: Treat your zipper as you would a vintage one, rub wax to lubricate at times, and use common sense rather that brute force to zip and unzip, making sure tabs line-up when zipping.

If you have opted to wax your jacket, washing it will remove some of the wax and void the rain-proofing benefits. The jacket will have to be waxed again.

Available rinsed/pre-shrunk.
Sizes
36 Small
38 Medium
40 Large
42 X-Large
44 XX-Large

Soon available from www.misterfreedom.com, our Los Angeles red brick HQ, 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®
©2019

Mister Freedom® MULHOLLAND MASTER, indigo & black jungle cloth models, mfsc 10-Year Anniversary edition, Fall 2016

Photo Tadashi Tawarayama for Clutch Magazine Japan ©2016

Mister Freedom® Mulholland Jacket, Indigo and Black jungle cloth Edition
Fall 2016 mfsc Anniversary Collection
Made in Japan

We’re about to cross the finish line for our Fall 2016 10th Anniversary collection, so we figured we’d do that with a checkered flag and on two wheels . Back in 2009, we released a British-style riding jacket, part of a “Speed Safe Clothing For Modern Riders” story.
This will be the 2016 limited edition of that little number…

Today a familiar silhouette in fashionable menswear, the origins of the classic “A7 jacket” arch back to the mid 1930’s. The jacket’s design, with its instantly-recognizable pattern featuring that single slanted chest pocket, emerged out of the UK. Originally developed by J. Barbour and Sons for the military, the jacket would later be associated with typical British motorcycle oil cloth riding gear. Similar styles from competing motor-cycling apparel brands were made available, such as wax cloth pioneer Belstaff‘s versions.
By the 1960’s recreational motorcyclists around the world, and select professional racers alike, had adopted the ‘European’ style riding gear fashion.
In 1964, the US Olympic Team would give the British motorcycle jacket its Lettres of Coolness during the International Six Day Trials (ISDT), with a little push from one of the official members, rider number 278.
Check out this nice photo essay.

US Team ISDT 1964 (Photo © Francois Gragnon)

We got the name of our humble interpretation of that classic from one of Los Angeles’ famous highway, a scenic stretch of asphalt turned playground for Californian motorcycle riders, automotive speedsters and local midnight cruisers.

The Mister Freedom® Mulholland Master‘s pattern borrows heavily from vintage UK apparel, but also from vintage US military gear such as 1940’s paratrooper outfits and BU. Aero US Navy flight jackets. It combines old school European moto style with US mil-specs fabric and hardware, keeping the 1960’s vibe while giving it a contemporary fit.

Our Mulholland Master is a versatile coat. Although not water-repellent, unless properly treated with some kind of water-proofing wax (a commitment and a real endeavor if you plan on DIY…), the jacket is quite suitable for diverse outdoor activities, spanning from sunny motorcycle rides to stylish city strolls.

The shell fabric of our Mulholland Master is a 14 Oz. “Jungle Cloth”, 100% cotton grosgrain, vintage US mil-specs, milled in Japan.

Two color options are available for this Anniversary edition, a jet black version, and an indigo-dyed version. The latter is the same fabric featured on the recently-released “Indigo Blouson de Quart”.

The body lining consists of a 100% cotton wide-wale corduroy, dark navy blue color. Each color option features its own matching tartan, a New Old Stock (NOS) woven cotton plaid, noticeable from the pockets/arms/throat-latch lining.

At about 5 pounds per beast, the Mulholland Master is a heavy jacket. It has proved to be an extremely complicated garment to manufacture, and has been dubbed by Japanese factories as the most challenging MF®-designed garment to cut and sew, out of 10 years of mfsc daring collaborations. For the expert Toyo Enterprises factory craftsmen, already well-acquainted with the demanding Buzz Rickson’s and Sugar Cane catalog, the “Mulholland Master” has become a bête noire

For this reason, and other COO (Country Of Origin) challenging considerations, and in order to keep our Mister Freedom® garments in a certain price bracket so as to not instigate an upheaval on fashion forums, with savvy members well-versed in cost-of-goods and oh-so competent in setting responsible modern standards on garment manufacturing, our Mulholland Master pattern is likely to never be issued again.

The Mulholland Master is designed in California by MISTER FREEDOM® and produced in Japan by SUGAR CANE Co.

SPECS:

FABRIC:
Option A
Shell: Tight weave 14 Oz. “Jungle Cloth”, 100% cotton grosgrain, period mil-specs, dark indigo blue color, milled and indigo-dyed in small batches in Japan.
Lining: NOS cotton woven plaid, blue dominant tartan.
Option B
Shell: Tight weave 14 Oz. “Jungle Cloth”, 100% cotton grosgrain, period mil-specs, jet black color, milled in Japan.
Lining: NOS cotton woven plaid, blue dominant tartan.

DETAILS:
* Freely inspired by vintage classic British motorcycling apparel, 1940’s US Paratrooper jackets and other vintage military coats.
* Four front snap flap rainproof pockets and one back snap flap pocket, for maps/tools/documents. Top right pocket secured by concealed “Conmatic” zipper. Pockets lined with NOS plaid fabric.
* Inside chest pocket.
* Belted, featuring a solid US-made brass police garrison buckle. For the rowdy type, that removable belt can turn into a quaint flail, should you survive a close encounter with a texting ‘n driving genius in a SUV…
* Italian “Fiocchi” brass snaps, original manufacturer of Italian military snaps, along with their cousin counterpart Company DEWEY.
* 1950’s-type US mil-specs oxidized black metal TALON zipper front closure.
* Wind flap secured by snaps.
* Removable throat latch (make sure it is securely snapped in place or store in pocket before hitting the highway!)
* Stand collar with adjustable buckle strap, corduroy-lined.
* Diamond elbow patches, M-421A BU. Aero US Navy jacket-style.
* Adjustable gusset wrist snap closures.
* Tonal stitching, cotton-wrapped poly thread.
* Made in Japan.

SIZING/FIT:
We had these jackets professionally rinsed. NOT distressed, but gently rinsed without detergent, and tumble-dried. So, no shrinkage guessing, the Mulholland Master is pre-shrunk, and true to size.
I wear a comfortable 38 in this coat, with room for a thick shirt or wool sweater underneath. In general, go with your usual size in mfsc jackets.

We have taken the measurements to the best of our abilities. Refer to our sizing chart and remember that measurements are from the outside of the fabric.

CHART

CARE:
Please DO NOT attempt to wash this jacket in a home washing machine! You risk ruining both machine and jacket. The Mulholland Master weights a ton when wet, the jungle cloth fabric will get marbling marks etc…
Activities and frequency of wear will obviously dictate when cleaning is needed. Please use common sense with spot cleaning, or take the jacket to a professional eco-friendly cleaner. This jacket can also be hand-washed in a tub filled with cold water, for the adventurous type. Use eco-friendly detergent for delicate colors. Hang to dry.
IMPORTANT: Treat your zipper as you would a vintage one, rub wax to lubricate at times, and use common sense rather that brute force to zip and unzip, making sure tabs line-up when zipping.

Available rinsed/pre-shrunk.
Sizes
36
Small
38
Medium
40
Large
42
X-Large
44
XX-Large

Retail
A) Indigo: $999.95
B) Jet Black: $899.95

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

Christophe Loiron
Mister Freedom®
©2016

Mister Freedom® ROAD CHAMP’s: Evolution

Mister Freedom Road Champ Boots

A little visual update of my own pair of MF® Road Champ, after about 2 years of extensive wear, rain o shine.
They needed a full resoling job and I wanted a half rubber sole for a better grip when riding. I found an older set of NOS “will not slip” BILTRITE and I trusted the good folks at WILLIE’S SHOE SERVICE with the job.
Well…daddy LIKES ;-).
They feel good, look good and don’t slip. Thanks for the amazing work Mr. Raul Ojeda.
I put a quick few miles in them before taking the above photos. They are now ready for MANY more days on the road.

* If you need resoling or full rebuild done on your cherished boots, directly contact:
Mr. RAUL OJEDA
Willie’s Shoe Service
801 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles 90038
Tel: 323.463.5011
yourshoes@williesshoeservice.com

* For expert infos and reviews on motorcycle boots and other interesting bits, check out John’s  Vintage Engineer Boots blog.

* And if you got nothing better to do, “LIKE” our Mister Freedom® page on Facebook 😉
Thanks for the support Folks!

Christophe Loiron

Mister Freedom ® Original “ROAD CHAMP” Boots Evolution

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Mister Freedom ® Original “ROAD CHAMP” Boots: The Evolution…

First off, our apologies to all of you cats on the waiting list. Production is very slow and the boots are trickling in at a rate of about two pairs a week, when we’re lucky. Thank you for your patience and support.
These are my own pair after about 6 months of wear and lotsa miles… They have been greased up several times with Neatsfoot Oil (they were worn in the snow and rain last December in France). I also just polished them with BLACK Lincoln Shoe Polish, and old school spit shine. The colours constantly change and there are shades of chocolate brown, burgundy, olive and black… I added an extra hole to the strap and the boot fits very snug around the instep/heel/ankle.
Do I need to say they are my everyday slippers…and i LOVE ’em!
Check out the original post  for all the specs.

(Sold New in Box,  Full Sizes and Halves from US7 to US12, Retail $ 949.95) 
Call (323) 653-2014 or mail john@misterfreedom.com for enquiries and availability. We ship world wide.

The MFSC “Mechanic Shirt” Covert fabric

MFSC Mechanic Shirt

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MFSC Mechanic Shirt details

MFSC Mechanic Shirt details

MFSC Fall 2009: Speed -Safe Clothing for Modern Riders
The new MFSC work shirt is just in!…Looking for a job

SPECS:
*
An all original MFSC 100 % cotton covert selvedge fabric (indigo/white salt and pepper), 6 oz., expertly loomed in Japan
* An all original MFSC pattern, inspired by 1930’s work/utility shirting
* Exclusive double chest pocketing, single slanted flap side and sunglasses/pencil side. Inside cotton sheeting reinforcement patches
* Tight and fitted silhouette
*Selvedge side gussets and pocket hems.
* Metal painted button front
* Round “stay-tucked” belly flap, with off set shirting button
* “Dome” back yoke
* Solid triple stitch lap-seam construction, 100% cotton dark navy thread, hi-stitch count
* Elbow reinforcement, double button cuffs
* Single button “shorty” chin strap
* Dead stock 1920s french indigo popeline neck band facing
* Contrast indigo popeline button front facing

(Available RAW/Unwashed, Size S, M, L, XL. Retail $299.95)

Call (323) 653-2014 or mail john@misterfreedom.com to order yours. We ship world wide.
(The MFSC “Mechanic Shirt” pictured above has about 3 months wear, 10-15 cold wash/dry. It is an early prototype and is missing the inside rayon MFSC label. NFS)