Mister Freedom® CALIFORNIAN Lot.674 & Cowboy Jacket, 12 Oz. selvedge sateen twill, mfsc SS2022. Made in USA.

 

 

Mister Freedom® x Sugar Cane msfc SS2022 LookBook Preview

Mister Freedom® x SugarCane Co SS2022 FROGSVILLE

Mister Freedom® x SugarCane Co FROGSVILLE SS2022

Mister Freedom® x SugarCane Co FROGSVILLE SS2022

MF® ADVISOR Jacket, ERDL camo, SS2022

MF® SCUBA Utilities, Okinawa 301 denim, SS2022

MF® SCUBA Utilities & Trunks, SS2022

MF® SCUBA Trunks, OD HBT & P42 Frogskin, SS2022

 

MF® SCUBA Trunks, P42 Frogskin, SS2022

MF® SCUBA Trunks, OD HBT, SS2022

Mister Freedom® x SugarCane Co SS2022 PODIUM

Mister Freedom® x SugarCane Co PODIUM SS2022

MF® MEDALIST Sweatshirt, solid front, SS2022

MF® MEDALIST Sweatshirt, limited flock print edition, SS2022

MF® MEDALIST Sweatshirt, limited flock print edition, SS2022

MF® MEDALIST Sweatshirt, Boys Club flock print, SS2022

MF® MEDALIST Sweatshirt, solid, SS2022

MF® MEDALIST Sweatshirt, Boys Club flock print, SS2022

MF® MEDALIST Sweatshirt, MfgCo flock print, SS2022

MF® CONTENDER Hooded Zip Sweatshirt, SS2022

MF® CONTENDER Hooded Zip Sweatshirt, SS2022

MF® CONTENDER Hooded Zip Sweatshirt, SS2022

MF® SWEATPANTS Cut-Offs, SS2022

MF® SWEATPANTS Cut-Offs, SS2022

 

Mister Freedom® x SugarCane Co SS2022 SPORTSMAN & SURPLUS catalogs

Mister Freedom® x SugarCane Co SPORTSMAN & SURPLUS catalog, SS2022

Mister Freedom® x SugarCane Co SPORTSMAN & SURPLUS catalog, SS2022

MF® CALIFORNIAN Lot.674 Sateen, Wheat, SS2022

MF® CALIFORNIAN Lot.674 Sateen, Mocha, SS2022

MF® CALIFORNIAN Lot.674 Sateen, SS2022

MF® CALIFORNIAN Lot.674 & COWBOY Jacket, Sateen, SS2022

MF® COWBOY Jacket, Sateen, wheat, SS2022

MF® COWBOY Jacket, Sateen, mocha, SS2022

Mister Freedom® x SugarCane Co SPORTSMAN & SURPLUS catalog, SS2022

MF® BERKELEY Pull-Over Shirt, NOS Madras, SS2022

MF® BERKELEY Pull-Over Shirt, NOS Madras, SS2022

Mister Freedom® x SugarCane Co SPORTSMAN & SURPLUS catalog, SS2022

MF® DUDE RANCHER Western Shirt, SS2022

MF® DUDE RANCHER Western Shirt, “Apache” Calico, SS2022

MF® DUDE RANCHER Western Shirt, BR Chambray, SS2022

 

MF® DUDE RANCHER Western Shirts & CALIFORNIAN Lot.64 “Outlaw”, SS2022

MF® CALIFORNIAN Lot.64 “Outlaw”, NOS Cone Denim, SS2022

 

Mister Freedom® x SugarCane Co SPORTSMAN & SURPLUS catalog, SS2022

MF® CAMPUS Jacket, “Midnight” Denim, SS2022

 

Mister Freedom® x SugarCane Co SPORTSMAN & SURPLUS catalog, SS2022

MF® RANCH BLOUSE & CALIFORNIAN Lot.64, 47/66 Twin-Denim, SS2022

MF® RANCH BLOUSE, 47/66 Twin-Denim, SS2022

MF® CALIFORNIAN Lot.64, 47/66 Twin-Denim, SS2022

MF® RANCH BLOUSE & CALIFORNIAN Lot.64, 47/66 Twin-Denim, SS2022

MF® 5-panel FEED Cap, NOS Cone denim, SS2022

MF® 6-panel SHIP Cap, NOS C/L denim, SS2022

MF® FEED & SHIP Caps, SS2022

 

Mister Freedom® x Sugar Cane Co mfsc SS2022 Preview.

Dear Friends,

Hope this finds you well, healthy, and in good spirits.
It is that time of the year… so here is a preview of our Mister Freedom® x Sugar Cane (mfsc) SS2022 collaboration.

Two main groupings: a theme-based capsule collection featuring follow-ups of “PODIUM“ and “FROGSVILLE” (we’re calling the fusion “PODSVILLE“), and the usual seasonal additions to our classic SPORTSMAN (made in USA) and SURPLUS (made in Japan) catalogs.
Our “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. We’ve put our MF® twist on athleisure wear, if you will, with practical, versatile, unpretentious pieces for working out, or just hanging out.
The “FROGSVILLE” concept is a stylistic incursion into the world of vintage UDT (Underwater Demolition Team), Frogmen and US Navy SEALs. We are revisiting US military rigger-made garments, merging 1940s-1970s references into modern day wearables.
The resulting “PODSVILLE” combo is a blend of vintage athletic fashion, utilitarian PT (Physical Training) gear, and custom garments local-made for military personnel while on tour.
The collection is intended as an inspiration to a healthy and active lifestyle, promoting outdoor activities over joystick practice.

The SS2022 “PODIUM” (made in Japan) line-up consists of:

1) The MEDALIST (Crew Sweatshirt), solid:
* 100% cotton tubular brushed fleece, 11.5 Oz.
* Tubular needle-out rib gussets and trims.
* Flat-lock stitch construction.
* Rear panel phone pocket.
* Color options: White/Prussian Blue/Heather Grey/Black.
* ETA: Mid Feb 2022.

2) The MEDALIST (Crew Sweatshirt), special limited edition FLOCK PRINT:
Three original MF® graphics, printed with old school flocking techniques. Print options are limited to the following:
* Arctic White Medalist: Boys Club (ultra marine flock) or Panther (orange flock)
* Prussian Blue Medalist: Panther (gold flock)
* Heather Grey Medalist: Boys Club (black flock) or MfgCo (white flock)
* Black Medalist: MfgCo (orange flock)
* ETA: End Feb 2022.

3) The CONTENDER (Hooded Zip Sweatshirt)
* Two-tone 100% cotton tubular brushed fleece, white/oatmeal heather, 11.5 Oz.
* Contrast needle-out rib waistband & cuffs.
* “Attached” hood pattern, jersey knit lined hood.
* Full front zip.
* ETA: Mid Feb 2022.

4) The SWEATPANTS CUT-OFFS (Sweatpants shorts)
* 100% cotton tubular brushed fleece, 11.5 Oz.
* Cargo phone pocket.
* Needle-out rib expansion gusset (“action crotch”) and waist band.
* Flat-lock stitch construction.
* Color options: White/Prussian Blue/Heather Grey/Black/OG-109 (“Nam” Olive Green)
* ETA: End Feb 2022.

The SS2022 “FROGSVILLE” (made in Japan) line-up consists of:

1) The ADVISOR
(windbreaker zip jacket):
* Vintage Mil-Specs 100% cotton rip-stop fabric, 6.8 Oz, Vietnam era ERDL Lowland camo pattern.
* ETA: End Feb 2022.

2) The SCUBA Trunks (UDT Dive shorts):
* P42 “frogskin” camo pattern, all-cotton HBT, reversible, constructed jungle side out, also wearable with beach side out.
* OD/Khaki HBT combo.
* ETA: Mid April 2022.

3) The SCUBA Utilities (Denim Trousers):
* 11 Oz. “Okinawa 301” indigo denim, 50% cotton x 50% sugar cane fibers.
* ETA: End Feb 2022.

Next-up are a few new classic additions to the Mister Freedom® x Sugar Cane Co SS2022 mfsc SPORTSMAN & SURPLUS catalogs. The vintage-inspired garments in this grouping consist of:

1) COWBOY Jacket, Sateen (made in USA)
* Selvedge sateen, 100% cotton, 12 Oz.
* Color options: wheat, mocha.
* ETA: Mid April 2022.

2) CALIFORNIAN LOT.674, Sateen (made in USA)
* Selvedge sateen, 100% cotton, 12 Oz.
* Color options: wheat, mocha.
* ETA: Mid April 2022.

3) BERKELEY Pull-Over Shirt (made in USA)
* Vintage NOS (New Old Stock) authentic MADRAS plaid fabric, 100% cotton, selvedge.
* Two distinct models:
a) Classic Berkeley, L/S: Traditional navy blue/white dominant NOS Madras plaid. ETA: End March 2022.
b) “KRAZY” Berkeley, S/S: Groovy mix of several NOS Madras plaids. ETA: End April 2022.

4) CALIFORNIAN LOT.64-OTL “OUTLAW” model (made in USA)
* Traditional MF® Californian Lot.64 pattern with modified western “frogmouth” front pockets.
* New Old Stock 14 Oz. indigo blue CONE denim.
* Orange/yellow combo stitching.
* ETA: Mid March 2022.

5) RANCH BLOUSE, 47/66 Twin-Denim edition (made in USA)
* Subtle combination of SC47 (14 ¼ Oz indigo selvedge denim, main body) and SC66 (13 ¾ Oz indigo selvedge denim, contrast accents)
* Orange/yellow combo stitching.
* ETA: Mid Feb 2022.

6) CALIFORNIAN LOT.64, 47/66 Twin-Denim edition (made in USA)
* Subtle combination of SC47 (14 ¼ Oz indigo selvedge denim, main body) and SC66 (13 ¾ Oz indigo selvedge denim, contrast accents)
* Orange/yellow combo stitching.
* ETA: Mid Feb 2022.

7) DUDE RANCHER Western Shirt (made in Japan)
* Our classic original western snap shirt pattern.
* White metal snaps.
* Fabric options:
a) “Apache” calico, indigo discharge print, 100% cotton broadcloth, 3.5 Oz., tonal stitching. ETA: Mid Mar 2022.
b) BR (Buzz Rickson’s) selvedge Chambray, 5 Oz., orange/yellow combo stitching. ETA: Mid Mar 2022.

8) CAMPUS Jacket, “MIDNIGHT” Denim Edition (made in USA)
* Our popular unlined Campus Jacket pattern first fabric debuts!
* 16 Oz selvedge “Midnight” denim, indigo wrap x black weft twill.
* Black tea-core leather accents (pocket stops/side straps)
* ETA: TBD 2022.

9) Snap-Back Caps, NOS denim (made in USA)
* Two distinct models:
a) Five-panel FEED CAP, NOS Cone selvedge denim x white mesh, white contrast stitching. Available
b) Six-panel SHIP CAP, NOS Cotton/Linen selvedge denim, tonal stitching. Available

Our SS2022 “PODSVILLE (“PODIUM” x “FROGSVILLE”), SPORTSMAN and SURPLUS collections are designed in California by Mister Freedom® and exclusively manufactured in Japan and USA in collaboration with Sugar Cane Co.

Voila!

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 designs, and resistance to fast fashion, with timeless pieces that will easily incorporate into any existing classic wardrobe.

Thank you very much for your renewed support.

Christophe Loiron
Mister Freedom®
©2022

Mister Freedom® “TRAILBLAZER”, Brushed Cotton Sateen, mfsc FW2019 Surplus catalog. Made in Japan.

 

Mister Freedom® TRAILBLAZER, Brushed Cotton Sateen.
mfsc FW2019 Surplus Catalog.
Made in Japan.

Do you know what a camel is?
Someone once said that a camel is a horse designed by a Board of Experts…

Well, our TRAILBLAZER is one of those hybrid species from Weirdsville, courtesy of the MF® Design Department. Working on FW2019 last year, the initial intention of our in-house Board of Experts – joined that day by Mr. Tom Tanaka, friend, skilled surfer and head of the International Dept. of Toyo Enterprise – was to release a winter version of the SECOYA Shirt, merely updating the light ounce chambray to a heftier fabric option. So much for that easy-breezy plan…
Ideas started flowing, such as making the shirt full button-up front (not pull-over), and using metal grommets instead of stitched eyelets for ventilation.
I had quickly dismissed a suggestion by Tina from Bazar a few weeks prior to that FW2019 meeting, pointing out to the practicality of “a shirt with added slash pockets”, just because her pitch had started with “you know what you should do?” That idea popped back up on the drafting table during the design meeting. A few cups of brain juice later and we had a few rough sketches for the “kangaroo” pockets and front button placket, which materialized later into the mfsc TRAILBLAZER courtesy of Sensei Fukutomi San, pattern maestro of Toyo Enterprise.

We had been contemplating for a while using Brushed Cotton Sateen for an mfsc project, a popular textile for casual sportswear in the 1960’s-70’s, and a big hit in Europe at the time. The leisure suit collector and vintage fashion gourmet will relate to funky-fresh Lee® trucker jackets with matching bottoms, and to the plethora of off-brand flare jeans and shirt-jaks cut from that glorious textile, in a wild palette of pastel or bold colors. This fabric would be a perfect fit for our trailblazing cameloid.

The FW2019 TRAILBLAZER fabric is a weft-faced brushed sateen, a tightly woven twill with a characteristic soft brushed satin weave face and a plain weave reverse. We opted for two complimenting colors, Prussian blue and rust, lifted from two vintage garments from the MF® vintage archives.

If the rest of the specifics of the Secoya Shirt are still there – double-shoulder yoke, selvedge gussets, chin strap, and combo of assorted colorful tin-pressed buttons – the mfsc TRAILBLAZER is in a league of its own. With the four front pockets contrasting with the rounded shirttail panels typical of vintage tuck-in style shirting, the garment had morphed into an overshirt/jacket.
Blending 1930’s details and 1970’s fabrics, the vibe of our TRAILBLAZER is somewhat reminiscent of early California rock climbing and mountaineering (see The Stone Masters, “Valley Uprising” documentary, etc…), rather than the initial Dust Bowl workwear vibe of its Secoya predecessor.

The MF® TRAILBLAZER is designed in California by the Mister Freedom® Board of Experts and manufactured in Japan by Sugar Cane Co.

SPECS:
FABRIC:
100 % cotton sturdy weft-faced brushed sateen, selvedge. Milled in Japan.
Two color options: Prussian blue and Rust.
Facing: 100% cotton Buzz Rickson’s USN-type indigo chambray, selvedge.

DETAILS:
* An original mfsc design, blending vintage 1930’s-1940’s classic American fancy chambray work shirt patterns, 1970’s fashionable fabrics, early California rock climbing low-tech vibes, in a contemporary approach.
* Full button-up front.
* Two bottom slash pockets with original “brain-juice special” pocket bag construction.
* Vintage “Double-Back / Double-Shoulder Yoke / Double-Underarm” pattern.
* Ventilation metal eyelet grommets on underarm and back panels.
* Rounded shirttails with selvedge side gussets.
* 1930’s style chin-strap.
* Front button-up plackets/cuff slits/chest pockets featuring indigo chambray facing accents.
* Combination of 1940’s style tin-pressed metal painted buttons, contrasting colors and models. (Note that the paint chips off easily, as it did on vintage buttons.)
* Double chest pocketing, buttoned down.
* Blue chambray concealed chest pocket, displaying fabric selvedge.
* High-count 100% cotton tonal stitching, chainstitch overall construction, no open/overlocked seams.
* Original MF® mfsc “Surplus” woven rayon label.
* Made in Japan.

SIZING/FIT:
The MF® TRAILBLAZER comes raw/unwashed and 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.
  • Spin dry and line dry.
  • Hang until fully dry.

This shirt is a non tuck-in type, and is considered more like an over-shirt or shirt-jacket. I wear a comfortable Medium in the TRAILBLAZER, my usual size in mfsc shirts, with enough room to layer.

Please refer to sizing chart for approximate raw/soaked measurements.
Soaked = 30-40mn cold soak, spin dry and line dry (ie. minimal shrinkage).

CHART

Available RAW/unwashed.
CARE:
Launder when needed. We recommend turning garments inside out to avoid marbling of the fabric during laundering.
Machine wash on gentle cycle, cold water, minimum eco-friendly mild detergent and line dry.
SIZES:
14½ (Small)
15½ (Medium)
16½ (Large)
17½ (X-Large)
18½ (XX-Large)

Available from our Los Angeles red brick HQ, from www.misterfreedom.com, 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® “DUNE BUGGY” Jacket, cotton-rayon sateen-back , SS2019 mfsc “Yucatán” Collection, made in Japan.

Papy, instant desert rat, real as a three dollar bill! MF® DIY, The Look You Want – When You Want It!

Mister Freedom “DUNE BUGGY” Jacket.
SS2019 mfsc “YUCATÁN” collection.
Made in Japan.

The making-of this next number is a long – brace yourselves – and soporific story, harking back to my Los Angeles days of relentless thrift-store-hunting and flea-market-prowling…
As a rule I learned during my “American rag Cieboot camp years as a picker, I’d usually pass on poly-cotton garments. But there was something about that 60’s black and white racing jacket I couldn’t leave behind, despite its large modern-looking “Solar Productions” chest patch that threw me off at the time. That was no STP coolness, I thought. Late 1990’s…
If I remember well, this number came out of  Aadvark´s, a today-defunct SoCal vintage clothing store chain with reputedly low-priced hidden treasures, if one took the time to weed through the ocean of run-of-the-mill garb, and knew the trade. The jacket, manufactured by ¨Bowler’s Shirt and Uniform¨ of Los Angeles, was intriguing. No iPhone to google it up on the spot, so i shelled the $20 bucks or so, and took it home, saving it from its Halloween costume fate…

Sported it around town on several occasions, as all I owned were vintage duds at the time. Unsure how I eventually figured out that ¨Solar Productions¨ was Steve McQueen´s own film production company, established around 1965, later located on the CBS lot in Studio City, California. Score!
This piece is one of the very few lucky find that I managed to hold-on to, in my 30 years in the vintage schmatta. The hunt is exciting, but collecting and hoarding less appealing, to me.

Fast-forward to 2018. While working on our ¨YUCATÁN¨ SS2019 mfsc capsule collection, pulling-out that old jacket out of the closet made sense. Quick research had yielded several photos of McQueen himself sporting his, along with other members of the Solar crew. These on-set pictures were mostly captured during the 1969-70 scouting and filming of ¨Le Mans¨ in France. Check-out the bookLe Mans in the Rearview Mirror“.
I’ve always wondered who initially owned that jacket scored some 20 years ago. How many were produced and distributed for promotional purposes? Solar Productions HQ consisted of a staff of about 25 people in 1968. Did mine belong to one of McQueen’s buddies, or employees, or, could it be… ??!
I’ll never know, but that thing sure is a keeper!

An original late 1960’s “Solar Productions” film crew jacket, a lucky thrift-store find in the late 1990’s. (Mister Freedom® Archives)

Back to the MF® Design Dept… It was of course out of the question to replicate that vintage piece verbatim, for obvious Intellectual Property concerns, and because McQueen Racing, Chad McQueen’s company, should obviously be first to release a replica or reissue of the original “Solar Production” crew jacket design.

For our project, we merely used the jacket as an inspiration spark and for its Costume History value, following instead the usual might-have-been MF® design approach. We did borrow the cool snap-on throat-latch stand collar detail gimmick of the original jacket.
For the rest of the design, we tapped into vintage military gear and decided to merge racing with a 1970´s USAF classic, namely a CWU-7P (Cold Weather Unit) ground crew jacket. The Frankenstein result is a contemporary wearable with a classic, timeless vibe.

For the shell fabric, we opted for a double-face woven textile, cotton face and rayon reverse aka cotton-back sateen, an original fabric inspired by vintage 1950’s ‘weatherproof’ McGregor® Scottish Drizzlers we previously featured on our BREEZER Windbreaker. The “DUNE BUGGY” is cut cotton side-out, with the sateen rayon twill side visible on the tonal ‘racing’ chest stripe. The fabric face is rather matte, contrasting with the rayon sateen sheen.
The lining is an elegant British-style woven plaid, cotton/linen blend, milled in an attractive indigo blue and white tartan.

Our “DUNE BUGGY” jacket’s demeanor is quite sleek and unassuming, with an understated 60’s racing vibe. Unless… you decide to rev-up your speedster street credit overnight with a DIY job, sticking on the jacket all kinds of vintage grease monkey-related patches! Pismo Beach dune-riding Baja Boot special, or motorcycle racing à-laOn Any Sunday” desert-rat… Go, Speed Racer, Go!

The MF® “DUNE BUGGY” Jacket is designed in California by Mister Freedom® and manufactured in Japan by Sugar Cane Co.

SPECS:
FABRIC:
Shell: Tightly woven blend of 50% cotton (matte face) and 50% rayon twill sateen (shinny reverse, visible on chest racing stripe), aka cotton-back sateen, milled in Japan.
Lining: Cotton/linen blend woven plaid, indigo and white tartan.
DETAILS:
* An original mfsc pattern blending 1970’s USAF  CWU-7P ground crew jacket, vintage 1960’s racing crew gear, and old Hollywood history.
* Fully lined.
* Understated single racing stripe on chest, displaying the shinier rayon side of the fabric.
* Snap-on throat-latch stand collar 1960’s design.
* Zipper front, 1960’s style vintage Mil-Specs heavy-duty metal zipper.
* Wide lower wrap pockets with slanted snap flaps.
* Single chest pocket with slanted snap flap.
* Wind-flap with zig-zag stitching.
* Snap-on cinch tabs on sleeve cuffs.
* USAF flight jacket-style rear panel shoulder darts.
* Original mfsc “YUCATÁN” rayon woven label.
* Made in Japan.

SIZING/FIT:
The MF® “DUNE BUGGY” jacket comes raw/unwashed.

We recommend our usual method for raw washable garments:
* 30-40mn cold soak with intermittent hand agitation, in washing machine or bath tub.
* Spin dry cycle (if using a machine).
* Hang dry.

This garment is is cut so that the measurements match the labeling after an initial cold soak/line dry.
The noticeable difference of shell/lining shrinkage will result in the attractive plaid lining discreetly peeping on the bottom, a subtle cool detail familiar to vintage clothing aficionados.
I opted for a MEDIUM in the “DUNE BUGGY”, my usual size in mfsc jackets. The fit is quite slim but comfortable, with an old-school racing crew jacket silhouette.
Please refer to sizing chart for approximate raw/soaked measurements. Soaked = 30mn cold soak, spin dry and line dry.

CARE:
Wash separately on delicate (do not use the heavy-duty machine settings, as the metal zipper and pull may damage the fabric during the rapid agitation), cold water, mild eco-friendly detergent. Line dry.
Do not use hot water or heat dryer.

Available raw (un-washed)
Sizes
Small (36)
Medium (38)
Large (40)
X-Large (42)
XX-Large (44)

Available from www.misterfreedom.com, our Los Angeles 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 “BREEZER” Windbreaker Type 2, Indigo Blue Cotton-Linen Chambray & Red Cotton-Rayon Sateen-back, Spring 2018 mfsc Surplus Collection.

 

 

Mister Freedom® “BREEZER” Windbreaker Type II, Indigo Blue Cotton-Linen Chambray & Red Cotton-Rayon Sateen-back.
Spring 2018 mfsc “
SURPLUS” catalog.
Made in Japan.

If it took us a little while to get to officially introduce the “Breezer”, an original MF® jacket produced in 2010 but only documented in 2017, we figured we’d step on it a bit for the release of the Breezer Type II on this blog.

Our 2010 Breezer jackets, originally available in four fabric options, were part of the motorcycle-inspired “Speedsafe Clothing For Modern Riders” mfsc collection, out of which the Mulholland Master was to become a classic highlight. The Breezer Type II is now part of our on-going SURPLUS collection, our selection of designed-in-USA and made-in-Japan classics.

Borrowing its puny moniker from the famous “Scottish Drizzler”, our “Breezer” combines several vintage styles of windbreakers. The “Drizzler” was the classic zipper jacket introduced in 1947 by sportswear specialist McGregor®, an iconic label with a genius design team, familiar to all vintage clothing aficionados. Departing from purely replicating the past, our Breezer blends 50’s swing tops, 40’s US Navy/USMC summer flight jackets (type M-421A), 60’s British vibes, into a casual classic-looking jacket.
The SS2018 Breezer Type II is a “simplified” version of its SS2010 forerunner. We removed the inner and rear pockets, the elbow diamond patch and underarm gussets, but tricked-out the two front patch pockets into a double layer hand-warming pocket pattern. We added narrow cinch tabs to the waist and wrists, as a 50’s sportswear reference.

The Type II comes in two distinct fabric options, both exclusively milled for mfsc in Japan.
The first is a fine indigo selvedge chambray, a slubby tightly-woven and crispy blend of 85% cotton and 15% linen. This blue chambray fabric is quite reminiscent of the 1950’s French Marine Nationale utility uniform fabric that had inspired our Sea Hunt Spring 2014 Crew Pants (see original blog post here), but features a darker and more reddish indigo hue, a denser weave, and a selvedge with white/red stripe ID. It was recently introduced with the release of our SS2018 Naval Chinos.

The second fabric option is a subtle nod to vintage Hollywood, more specifically “Rebel Without A Cause” from 1955. In the second half of the movie, Jim Stark drops slacks and tweed sportcoat, proper 1950’s High School attire, and gears-up in a red jacket, white Tshirt, Lee® 101-Z blue jeans and a pair of mean-looking engineer boots, laying down style rules for future generations of teenage rebels. The iconic red zip-up nylon windbreaker was apparently produced by the “Bud Berma” label, although some believe the movie jacket was a cherry red McGregor Anti-Freeze model…

Our Breezer pattern is obviously not a lift of that jacket, but we did borrow the Technicolor® red from the movie. The fabric of the red Breezer is the same as that of our original Breezer, a double-face woven textile, cotton face and rayon reverse aka cotton-back sateen, inspired by vintage 1950’s ‘weatherproof’ McGregor® Scottish Drizzlers. Our Breezer is cut cotton side-out, with the sateen rayon twill side visible from the unlined reverse side. The fabric face is rather matte, contrasting with the rayon sateen luxurious sheen.

Back in 2010, we had borrowed the design idea of the contrast tartan accents from the G9, a classic golf jacket introduced in 1937 under the British Baracuta label, “Aristocrat of Tailored Rainwear”. Our Type II Breezer features a “Dress Steward” woven plaid cotton/linen fabric, a selvedge New Old Stock textile from the MF® vault. It is displayed on the facing of the front panels, stand collar lining, and front pockets.

The MF® BREEZER Windbreaker Type II is designed in California by Mister Freedom® and manufactured in Japan by Sugar Cane Co.

FABRIC OPTIONS:
a) Fine, tightly-woven and crispy blend of 85% cotton and 15% linen indigo chambray, slubby texture, white/red stripe selvedge ID, milled Japan.
Partial lining: NOS woven tartan, cotton/linen blend.

b) Tightly woven blend of 50% cotton (matte face) and 50% rayon twill sateen (shinny reverse), aka cotton-back sateen, milled in Japan.
Partial lining: NOS woven tartan, cotton/linen blend.

SPECS:
* An original MF® design blending 1950’s swing tops, vintage British windproof jackets and 1940’s summer issue US Navy/USMC pilot jackets. This Type II is a modified version of our 2010 Breezer Jacket.
* Unlined body.
* “Dress Steward” tartan woven plaid accents, cut from NOS selvedge fabric, featured on front panel facing, stand collar and pocket lining.
* Two front patch pockets, doubling-up as hand-warmer pockets.
* Stand collar, double snap closure.
* 1950’s-style “TALON” metal zipper, cotton tape.
* Narrow cinch tabs for waist and wrists.
* Mfsc “Surplus” woven rayon label.
* Made in Japan.

SIZING/FIT:
The MF® Breezer Type II comes raw/unwashed, and we recommend an initial cold soak, spin dry and line dry. Both fabric options will shrink to approximately the same tagged size.

I opted for a size 38 in both models. I did use a heat dryer for a few minutes, for both fabrics, to maximize shrinkage and add puckering to the seams. If the fit on both fabric options is similar, the chambray Breezer feels a bit roomier than the red cotton/rayon model. This is mostly due to the very different drape of both textiles.
Please refer to sizing chart for cold soak/spin dry/line dry approximate measurements.

 

CARE:
Wash separately on delicate, cold water, mild eco-friendly detergent. Line dry.

Available raw (un-washed)
Sizes
Small (36)
Medium (38)
Large (40)
X-Large (42)
XX-Large (44)

Retail: $469.95

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Email sales@misterfreedom.com or call 323-653-2014 with any questions unanswered above.
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Mister Freedom®
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