Mister Freedom® x Tailor Toyo original ” Apollo ’69 ” souvenir jacket, Limited Edition, Fall 2017.

 

Apollo 11 Mission launch (July 16, 1969)
Photo © NASA

Agnew LBJ Apollo 11 liftoff (July 16, 1969)
Photo © NASA

Neil Armstrong (July 20, 1969)
Photo © NASA

Buzz Aldrin (July 20, 1969)
Photo © NASA

Apollo 11 Aldrin’s Bootprint (July 20, 1969)
Photo © NASA

 

 

 

Apollo 11 Pararescue (July 24, 1969)
Photo © NASA

Apollo 11 crew quarantine R. Nixon (July 24, 1969)
Photo © 2017

Apollo 11 NYC Parade (July 20, 1969)
Photo © NASA

Mister Freedom® x Tailor Toyo original “APOLLO ’69” souvenir jacket.
Limited edition, Fall 2017.
Made in Japan.
(not endorsed by NASA)

If you happen to shake your head in disbelief often, reading news headlines or witnessing high-speed Texting & Driving, avoid a permanent state of misanthropy by calmly repeating these words:
“OK… same species that went to the moon.”
It almost works.

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For Fall 2017, we are at it again with the today-popular ‘souvenir jackets’, in the footsteps of our Saigon CowboyParty Jacket” (Spring 2015) and “Mururoa Jacket” (Anniversary Collection Fall 2016).
Blessed to have the opportunity to collaborate again with one of the World’s most legit manufacturer of Sukajan (スカジャン), “Tailor Toyo” (a branch of Toyo Enterprises, our long-time Japanese partners and friends), we decided to leave battlefields and nuclear testing behind, and look instead towards Cape Canaveral and the amazing moon men of NASA for inspiration.

If July 20, 2019 will mark the 5oth Anniversary of Man’s most famous recorded footsteps, we decided to celebrate a bit early. After a few cups of brain juice, we handed a handful of original doodles and scribbles to the “Tailor Toyo” sukajan experts, along with confusing instructions. Our choice of artwork , garment pattern, combination of colors and knit trims, aimed at creating a plausible ‘vintage’ piece, a jacket that never existed, but with a convincing authentic feel.

Original MF® doodles ©2017. Notice the added olive branch…

As a design anecdote, one will notice that we too added an olive tree branch to our landing star-spangled bald eagle (i.e. the Lunar Module), in the same way that Astronaut Michael Collins edited his original sketch of the Apollo 11 cloth patch. The added symbolic branch better conveyed the initial message of Peace, rather than the menacing attitude of an all-talons-out eagle. The mission’s intent was to “Come in Peace for all Mankind” afterall.
Watch this short PBS clip retracing how the iconic 1969 patch came to be, and featuring Collins’ original historical sketches.

Back to Earth… After submitting the artwork to our friends at Toyo Enterprises, it was time for the MF® team to sit back and resume daily routine, mostly waterskiing and zeroing in on Pokémon. After a lengthy R&D gestation, we are happy to report that our ‘moon jacket’ (how we referred to here) has now landed.
And we kinda dig it.

The “Apollo ’69” souvenir jacket is designed in California by Mister Freedom® and manufactured in Japan by Toyo Enterprises.

NOTE: This garment is not endorsed by NASA.
Historical photography courtesy of Apollo Image Archives ©NASA.

SPECS
FABRIC:
Luxurious and fine 100% rayon twill.

DETAILS:
* Inspired by vintage traditional Sukajan (originally manufactured in occupied Japan, these garments were tour souvenir custom-made for US military personnel).
* Fully reversible, no inside padding.
* Silk thread embroidery, featuring original MF® artwork relating to NASA’s Apollo 11 Moon landing that occurred on July 20, 1969.
* Vintage-style double-sided “TYE Tokyo” metal zipper.
* Double labelling (inside slash pocket on blue side), featuring both KOSHO & Co (the original name of the Yokohama fabric trading company that would merge with TOYO Enterprises around 1965, today the World’s most respected sukajan manufacturer under the “Tailor Toyo” label), alongside the MF® rayon woven label.
* Limited collector’s edition.
* Designed in USA.
* Made in Japan.

SIZING/FIT:
The Apollo ’69 souvenir jacket has been carefully rinsed and steamed by experienced sukajan-expert garment professionals.
It has a vintage appearance due to the light puckering of the stitching and embroidery, and subtle shrinking of the rayon fabric. Do not attempt to hot-soak or wash this garment, it has already been processed and is ready-to-wear.
The Apollo ’69 is true-to-size, with somewhat of a ‘vintage’ fit, typical of the old original rayon Japanese souvenir jackets. I am usually a Medium in mfsc jackets, and opted for a Medium in the ‘Moon jacket’.

Please refer to sizing chart for approximate measurements. Note that due to the raglan sleeve pattern, arm length is measured from armpit (not shoulder seam) to knit cuff.

CARE:
Professional dry clean ONLY, in your local eco-friendly dry-cleaning facility.
Again, DO NOT wash this jacket! This is quite a fragile garment, due to both the nature of the fine rayon twill and the intricate delicate silk-thread embroidery that could snag easily. In other words, this garment is not intended for gardening.

Available professionally pre-rinsed.
SIZES:
Small (36)
Medium (38)
Large (40)
X-Large (42)
XX-Large (44)

RETAIL $989.95

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®
©2017

Mister Freedom x Sun Surf 2015 Limited Edition: The Rock’n’Roll Shirt, “Action Packed” model

Mister Freedom Sun Surf Rock'n'Roll Spring 2015

Mister Freedom Sun Surf Rock'n'Roll Spring 2015

Mister Freedom Sun Surf Rock'n'Roll Spring 2015

 

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Don’t even tinkaboudit

 

Mister Freedom Sun Surf Rock'n'Roll Spring 2015

Mister Freedom Sun Surf Rock'n'Roll Spring 2015

 

 

 

Mister Freedom® x Sun Surf ROCK’n’ROLL Shirt “Action Packed” model
Spring 2015 Limited Edition
Toyo Enterprises 50th Anniversary

You enjoyed the MF® Juke Joint? Well now dig this…

Toyo Enterprises 50th Anniversary in 2015 gave us the opportunity  to collaborate with its “SUN SURF” label, of Hawaiiana garment fame. It was a great honor to collaborate with Toyo’s textile and manufacturing experts on this project. While we were diggin’ the boogie in California, we heard it was a painstaking journey for our friends, Otsukaresama deshita.
Rayon, a fiber made from wood-pulp and originally called ‘Artificial Silk’ until 1924, is getting hard to come by these days because too labor intensive to produce. We chose a specific blend of cotton and rayon from reliable sources as the base fabric, combining the coolness of rayon with the strength of cotton.
Our fabric graphic design is adapted from a vintage 1950’s novelty print swatch from the MF® archives. It features diving, racing, flying, surfing, boats, cars, airplanes… Action Packed, baby.

For the Man of action, we re-worked it in three options, playing with color combinations until we remembered there was life outside.
This shirt intentionally departs from vintage traditional Hawaiian shirting, a domain SUN SURF has masterfully cornered for many years. No coconut buttons or wing tip collar, but a 50’s greaser approach instead. I almost feel like taking up smoking again.
(Hey, before the PC brigade gets its undies all in a bunch, my Dad lost to lung cancer from Dunhill reds, so I allow myself a little joke here and there, capisce? Personally been off that junk  for three years now, no regrets.)

Oh, and our Rock’n’Roll shirt comes in fancy packaging, a cardboard box featuring a vintage LP-inspired cover. For the cut & paste-inclined, the doodle is 100% original MF® artwork.

I’d gladly bore everyone to oblivion with an intro mentioning the origin of music as an imitation of Nature’s sounds.  Followed by how my personal record library is heavier in Carl Perkins than, say, Kanye West, and why I’d rather hear Cliff Gallup’s guitar play than Justin Bieber’s fingers snap, but I got a 06:30 to get a tattoo. I’ll let the twelve terabytes of jpeg do the walkin’ and talkin’ on this number.

The “Action Packed Rock’n’Roll Shirt” is designed in California and manufactured in Japan by Sun Surf and Sugar Cane Co, marking the 50th Anniversary of Toyo Enterprises in 2015. Dig it.

SPECS:

FABRIC:
50% rayon and 50% cotton, milled and printed in Japan.

DETAILS:
* Classic 1950’s casual shirt pattern.
* “ACTION PACKED” model, vintage inspired novelty print for the Man of action.
* ‘Shark Fin’ collar, typical French 1950’s ‘Col Requin
* Corozo wood buttons, aka ivory nut.
* Single chest pocket, matching graphic pattern.
* Narrow flat felled seams, chainstich.
* Rayon MF® x Sun Surf collab label.
* Made in Japan.

SIZING/FIT:

This cotton/rayon garment was professionally rinsed and steam pressed, and is ready to wear. Random fold marks from being packaged in the box will even out with wear, and the fabric will ‘flow’ into a natural drape rapidly.
The R’n’R shirt is designed to have a 50’s casual shirt type length. True to size, the shirt has quite a comfortable roomy fit. If you are usually a Medium in mfsc shirts, you are a Medium in the R’n’R shirt.

RnR Size Chart RnR-Fit

CARE:
Professional dry-clean only, from your local eco-friendly cleaning facility. This is a relatively fragile garment, prone to snagging and delicate. Wear accordingly. Do not hot-wash and not not machine dry.

SIZES:
Small
Medium
Large
X-Large
XX-Large

RETAIL $279.95

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.