MF® Ranger Shirt, NOS Cone Mills 7oz “Midnight” Indigo Twill, SS2023 Sportsman catalog, made in USA.


Mister Freedom® RANGER Shirt, Cone Mills “Midnight” Indigo Twill.
mfsc SS2023 Sportsman Catalog.
Made in USA.

One could say that we are quite fond of the RANGER Shirt pattern, since we have, at this point, cut it in about 150 different fabrics since the original 2015-2016 NOS Madras release.

This versatile and timeless pattern is a Mister Freedom® take on classic 1930s-40s workwear-type shirting, a straight forward vintage utilitarian style with the de rigueur chinstrap and side gussets, double box-pleat chest pockets and contrast white poplin button placket.

For this release, we opted for a snazzy “Midnight” indigo twill — indigo warp x black weft, wide loom — fancy New-Old-Stock yardage milled by the original Cone Mills White Oak plant, Greensboro, NC. This all-cotton 7 Oz. twill has a deep dark indigo color face, and will age gracefully with normal wear/wash cycles.

If the ‘Ranger’ name hints at rugged Park and Forest Rangers and the early days of Conservationism, our “Midnight” Ranger is as comfortable in the woods, at the office, on a date, around town, or at home.

The Mister Freedom® Ranger Shirt Cone Mills “Midnight” Indigo Twill is designed and made in California, CA in collaboration with Sugar Cane Co. Cut from NOS fabric milled in USA.

100% cotton 7 Oz. “Midnight” indigo twill, indigo warp x black weft, wide loom, New Old Stock Cone Mills fabric milled in USA.

* Original Mister Freedom® pattern, inspired by 1930s-40s workwear shirting and vintage utilitarian styles.
* Trim fit.
* Double chest pockets, inverted box-pleat, red bartack accents.
* Chin strap.
* Full button front with contrast white poplin button placket.
* Vintage-style classic “Cat Eyes” corozo wood buttons.
* Side gussets, rounded shirt tails.
* Chainstitch construction, 100% cotton thread, tonal stitching, high count.
* MF® Sportsman signature contrast green “caballo” stitching inside.
* Made in USA.

The Mister Freedom® Ranger Shirt “Midnight” Indigo comes RAW/unwashed. It is cut so that the measurements match the labeling after an initial cold soak/line dry. We recommend this usual protocol before wearing:
* Cold soak for about 30-40mn, with occasional hand agitation.
* Machine spin dry cycle, then line dry.

At 5.7’ ~145 lbs, I opted for a MEDIUM for a rather trim fit. Note that I tend to be a SMALL in most mfsc shirts lately.

Again, this Ranger Shirt “Midnight” Twill runs a bit small, some may consider sizing up, understanding that what will work best for you depends on your body type and how you like your clothes to fit.
Please refer to our sizing chart reflecting soaked measurements (= 30mn cold soak, spin dry and line dry.)

Machine wash on DELICATE, cold water, mild eco-friendly detergent. Hang dry.
Heat dryer may result in excessive/irreversible shrinkage.

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

Christophe Loiron
Mister Freedom®

Final batch of Mister Freedom® RANGER Shirts special edition, vintage New Old Stock selvedge Indian Madras. Made in USA.


Mister Freedom® Ranger Shirt, vintage NOS Indian Madras edition.
Made in USA

Introduced and entirely produced in USA sometime in 2015-2016, these special-edition MF® Ranger Shirts, all cut from a wide range of authentic vintage NOS selvedge madras fabrics milled on shuttle powerloom in India, have been popular with heritage-style connoisseurs and textile designers alike. The manufacturing journey was extensively documented here.

Today’s plethora of photos wraps up documenting the entire 2015-2016 production. This last batch we finally got to photograph is comprised of two-ofs and three-ofs, with each shirt still being unique. These are mostly Large & X-Large, and although each shirt was measured/sized individually after a full wash/heat dry process, the fits fluctuate due to all the different madras weaves and cotton fabric shrinkage specifics.

For those unable to visit our Los Angeles brick & mortar store to experience the full selection, while sporting the state-mandated fashionable face covering of your choice (ours protect you, and yours protects us), we made it quite straightforward to shop by sizes available per the various check patterns (called LOTS) on
This final batch will soon be updated on our already-extensive vintage madras galore online inventory.
Email or call 323-653-2014 with any questions unanswered above.

Thank you for your support,
Christophe Loiron
Mister Freedom® 2020

NEW BATCH of Mister Freedom® RANGER Shirt, made in USA from New Old Stock powerlooom Indian Madras textiles.





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One of the many faces of the Mister Freedom® Ranger Shirt.

NEW BATCH of Mister Freedom® Ranger Shirt, Powerloom edition!
NOS authentic vintage Indian Madras
Made in USA

This is the final installment of our MF® Ranger Shirt project, a Mister Freedom® in-store and online exclusive.
They have by now taken over the streets of Los Angeles.
Made in USA from authentic vintage Indian Madras selvedge textiles, milled on powerloom. Read all about them here, indulge there.

This limited edition Ranger Shirt is designed in California by Mister Freedom®, and manufactured in the USA with New Old Stock Madras fabric originally milled in Madras, India.


14½ (Small)
15½ (Medium)
16½ (Large)
17½ (X-Large)

RETAIL $229.95

Available from, our Los Angeles brick & mortar store, and fine retailers around the World.
Email or call 323-653-2014 with any questions unanswered above.

Thank you for your support,
Christophe Loiron
Mister Freedom® 2016



The Mister Freedom® RANGER Shirt, made in USA from New Old Stock authentic Indian Madras milled on shuttle powerloom.


















Paul Newman 50s

Paul, wearing Steve’s shirt

The Mister Freedom® Ranger Shirt, Powerloom edition
NOS authentic Indian Madras
Made in USA

Working on this off-the-beaten-path MF® Ranger Shirt project has been quite the walk in the park for some time.
After years setting it on and off the back burner, we are happy and proud to finally share the results of its manufacturing journey. Here is the Mister Freedom® Ranger Shirt, latest addition to our USA-made Sportsman catalog.

Those of you familiar with the brick and mortar pile o’ rags at 7161 Beverly Blvd might have noticed an unusual stack of hopsack-wrapped bales sitting in the back of the store, at some point during a visit. Sometime around 2010, we came across a large lot of New Old Stock textiles, packaged  into compressed bales. Although discovered in an old warehouse in California, these mysterious bundles of cloth originally came from India. More precisely from a textile manufacturer located in Chennai, a city formerly known as Madras.
How and why those bales ended-up in California is unclear, but even more puzzling was the content: stacks of folded yardages of unused cotton fabrics, a crazy mix of textiles in an amazing range of colors, checks, dobby patterns and textures, all selvedge… Most of them were no longer than six-yard strips, a realization greeted by a subtle wtf upon cracking open the first bale.
A yellowish packing list inside each bundle detailed the exact yardage content, and invoiced the shipping transaction back to 2001. The paperwork also described the original shipper as “Manufacturers and Exporters of: Handloom & Powerloom Fabrics in Cotton & Rayon as Madras Fast Colour Checks, Cross Colour Chambrey, Greygada, Dobby Checks, Stripes, Tie & Dye, Ikat Flannel, Seer Sucker, Bathik Prints, Marble Prints, Patchwork, Lunghies & Rumals…” (spelling as-is). A mouthful on a business card, but a very promising resume for the fabric addict.

The exact vintage of all these Indian mill textiles is unknown, but many feel quite 1960’s-70’s. With an average width of about 44 inches, selvedge to selvedge, they were apparently milled on shuttle powerlooms. Antiquated and obsolete shuttle powerlooms are still in use in India and other textile-manufacturing destinations today, not always to the benefit of pleasant working conditions. Let’s leave workers’ wages and other local labor issues aside on this one…
Old-school powerloom weaving is a disappearing technique due to productivity challenges, equipment maintenance, and the disappearance of the operators’ know-how. The produced textiles are often inconsistent, slubby and imperfect, not in par with our contemporary expectations of standardized mass-produced goods.
The selection of the fabrics contained in our bales definitely typified the ‘wabi-sabiness’ of textiles milled with shuttle powerloom machines: weaving flaws, texture variations, yarn slub and other traits of uniqueness. Apparently, no computer was harmed in the milling of these Madras fabrics!
(Powerloom photo credit here, some interesting facts/images of bleeding madras here.)

However amazing our eclectic fabric loot was, indeed a treasure trove for the textile R&D-inclined, turning countless disparate strips of cloth into garments seemed a bit challenging. In good ol’ MF® “Geronimo!” fashion, and following the old familiar adage “in life, there are no problems, only solutions”, we figured out a way to somewhat handle that soup sandwich. And boom, these yardages of Madras checks have now been given a new life, as upcycled wearables!
The MF® Ranger Shirt comes in dozens and dozen of very-few-of-a-kind variations in colors, textures and patterns. You will see Glenn checks, Madras checks, tartan plaids, windowpane checks, Tattersall, Pin check, houndstooth, gingham… Fabric texture and thickness is also all over the place, ranging from lightweight plain weave to muslin-types to dobby weave patterns…
Here is a sample taste of the Ranger Shirt menu:

The garment pattern of our Ranger Shirt is no groundbreaking revolution, as it is inspired by the same vintage pieces that heritage brands and mainstream labels alike have been playing with for some time, i.e. 1930’s-40’s workwear-type shirting featuring a chin-strap.
The ‘Ranger’ name reference is not a military one, but hints at Park and Forest Rangers and the early days of Conservationism.
The MF® Ranger Shirt, Smoky the Bear goes preppy Madras, for a fashionable patrol in your favorite National Park…


Smokey, the original denimbro.

On sizing availability:
Each fabric style yielded a very limited amount of shirts. Often, only one specimen could be made, so this is as close as manufacturing vintage clothing as it can get for us. If sizing options are very limited for one particular check pattern, some of these checks can be regrouped in families and a different size in a similar fabric might be available. Check with for special requests.

Oh, and each shirt features a combination of 1920’s-30’s antique buttons from Europe, for that International touch. The MF® Ranger shirt is adorned with an assortment of NOS white and tan glass buttons (don’t bang on these Briards type buttons, they are glass and will break), and one rare vintage sheetmetal button embossed with “For Gentlemen”…

This limited edition Ranger Shirt is designed in California by Mister Freedom®, and manufactured in the USA with New Old Stock Madras fabric originally milled in Madras, India.


Vintage New Old Stock Indian madras, woven on shuttle powerloom machinery, 100% cotton, selvedge. Assorted patterns, colors and weave, approximately regrouped by check families and color range.
Please refer to the MF® website regarding purchasing the Ranger Shirt online, in the Madras check of your choice.

* Original Mister Freedom® pattern, inspired by 1930’s-40’s workwear and casual preppy shirting.
* Relaxed silhouette and fit.
* Long sleeves.
* Double chest pockets, inverted box-pleat.
* Chin strap.
* Full button front, featuring French 1930’s vintage “Briard” glass buttons.
* European vintage 1930’s top button, debossed “For Gentlemen”.
* Selvedge side gussets, self fabric.
* Each shirt is unique, one or few-of-a kind.
* Very limited edition.
* Made in USA.

For general instructions on how we size Mister Freedom® garments, see here. Please refer to sizing chart to figure out what works for you.
To limit shrinkage dilemmas with the Ranger Shirt, we have opted to thoroughly launder/dry each shirt in-house.
This not only takes care of most of the shrinkage (we used cold water), but also results in interesting fabric/stitching puckering. As much as I am not into factory-distressed garments, I like the wrinkled ‘vintage look’ when it comes to casual shirts with a workwear feel.

All shirts were measured and size-stamped AFTER the cold wash/dry process. This lead to four size groupings (S, M, L and XL) with somewhat similarly consistent measurements. Two Mediums in two different fabrics will have some variations in measurements and proportions, but they still belong to their size family, as Mr. Dascalu’s painstaking and torturing sizing assignment have determined. Within one sizing group, they are still noticeable variations in length, meaning some Mediums will be shorter than other Mediums.
Putting each shirt in a specific sizing group was mostly determined by the pit-to-pit measurements. Praises or donations for the pleasant endeavor can be forwarded to

If your are generally a Medium in MF® shirts, it is safe to opt for a Medium in the Ranger Shirt, for a comfortable fit. However, some of the Smalls might also work for some, for a slimmer 1960’s silhouette.
(All shirts shown on the fit pix below are stamped Medium.)

Depending on the specific weave of each fabric, some stretching back and forth is to be expected as the shirt goes through wash/wear cycles. Please note that steaming or ironing will result in a garment that appears to fit more comfortably. Wrinkles tend to make light-weight garments look like they fit tighter.

Each Ranger Shirt has been thoroughly wash and dried.
Launder when hygiene dictates and common sense prevails.
Machine wash on delicate. Cold water, gentle cycle, eco-friendly mild detergent and line dry.


14½ (Small)
15½ (Medium)
16½ (Large)
17½ (X-Large)

RETAIL $229.95

Available from, our Los Angeles brick & mortar store, and fine retailers around the World.
Email or call 323-653-2014 with any questions unanswered above.

Thank you for your support,
Christophe Loiron
Mister Freedom® 2016