Mister Freedom® RANCH KERCHIEF, western novelty print, selvedge cotton. “Dude Ranch” collection. Made in Japan.

 

Mister Freedom® mfsc RANCH KERCHIEF, selvedge cotton.
SS2020 mfsc “DUDE RANCH” collection, made in Japan.

We dug-out some vintage Old West-related silk scarves from the Mister Freedom® archives for inspiration, and put together this original “RANCH KERCHIEF”, in full 1950s-60s “dude ranch” tenderfoot fashion. Like the singing cowboy Rex Allen once confessed sometime around 1958, in regards to his TV fancy wardrobe: “I recon I wear seersucker suits. Sears made ‘em and a sucker bought ‘em.” Cowboy wisdom.

Cinema and music have reinvented the American West since the 1930s (or earlier), often depicting an “on the range” reality that might not have been everyone’s experience of it.
To keep things light, our bandana sticks to that romanticized version of cowpoke life, a bit more “Oklahoma!” than “Dead Wood”. Its novelty artwork does not incorporate any “cool” Native American symbols or references, a minefield these days. Save for the obscur “MF” and “SC” branding iron repeats, there is no maker mention either, but that’s just because we were so busy picking colors that we actually forgot to include our brand name!
The print is made on an all cotton plain weave selvedge fabric base, using water-based ink. A bleed-thru effect guarantees that both sides display the graphic with equal sharpness and vibrance.
Like most traditional 1950s-1960s fashion or promotional bandanas, our RANCH KERCHIEF features three sides machine-hemmed and one side using the fabric selvedge, an old sign of fabric yield maximizing. Modern mass-produced generic bandanas tend to be hemmed on all four sides (fabrics milled on wide looms with frayed edges), sometimes unattractively serged (overlocked), and, ultimate deal-breaker, cut from polycotton for some. Besides the few attractive vintage replicas/interpretations available today from discerning labels, selvedge bandanas are not the norm.
We opted for a classic average square size of  23 x 23 inches, so that our RANCH KERCHIEF can be used as neckwear, do-rag, dust mask, hankie, wall display, sling, pocket square, napkin, field tourniquet, pet scarf, furoshiki etc…
This SS2020 release comes in four colorways we are calling red, navy, gold and green to simplify.

We devised the original kraft paper packaging as to not include a PVC plastic window, playing around with the concept of a vintage souvenir brought home from a guest ranch vacation.

The mfsc RANCH KERCHIEF is designed in California by Mister Freedom® and manufactured in Japan by SugarCane Co.

SPECS:
FABRIC:
Fine 100% cotton, traditional selvedge “bandana” lightweight fabric, milled and printed in Japan.
Four classic colorways: red, navy, gold or green.

DETAILS:
* Vintage-inspired 1950s-60s dude ranch cowboy/western artwork.
* Fabric selvedge featured on one side, with other three edges finished with narrow hem.
* Water-based ink for soft-hand print.
* Approximate size 23 x 23 inches ( about 58 x 58 cm.)
* Packaged in an original vintage-like kraft paper envelope, a fun present for your significant cowboy, cowgirl, cowperson, or pet.
* Made in Japan.

CARE:
These bandanas come raw/unwashed. We recommend a full wash before using, to remove the starched finish and soften-up the fabric.
The RANCH KERCHIEF is low maintenance and should be laundered when needed.
Machine wash on normal cycle, cold or warm water, minimal eco-friendly detergent. Line dry of tumble dry.

Available Raw/Unwashed.
One size, four color options.

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®
©2020

Fresh batch of MF® “Boro Shorties”, neckwear up-cycled from antique Japanese indigo textiles.

MF® Boro Shorties “Aizume”

MF® Boro Shorties “Checks”

MF® Boro Shorties “Kasuri”

MF® Boro Shorties “Katazome”

MF® Boro Shorties “Stripes”

MF® Boro Shorties “Nihon”

MF® Boro Shorties with sliders.

 

“Thankyaverymuch”

 

Mister Freedom® “BORO SHORTIES”, antique Japanese textiles.
Up-cycled in USA.

These ties are the shorter version of our Indigo Boro Ties, originally introduced in 2011.
We put together another fresh batch of these shorties this week. They are made from antique textiles loomed in Japan (some over 100 years ago, see original release post here), and hunted down during a recent trip.
These narrow shuttle loom fabrics are of assorted patterns, textures and colors, all one side selvedge and the other side frayed. Their vintage ranges from turn of the century to the 1960′s. A mixture of home spun, cotton, hemp, natural indigo, katazome prints, kasuri weave, plaids, solids… each scarf is pretty much one of a kind.
Although the MF® Boro Shorties all vary from one another, with specific fade/condition/size/repairs/holes/yellowing due to age, we loosely classified them by textile family groups (there are obvious cross-references):
* Boro Shorties Aizume: mostly solid indigoes.
* Boro Shorties Kasuri: fiber-dyed woven patterns.
* Boro Shorties Katazome: resist-paste dyeing.
* Boro Shorties Nihon: Miscellaneous Japanese patterns. 
* Boro Shorties Stripes: striped patterns.
* Boro Shorties Checks: Check/plaid patterns.

Wrapped once around the neck with a simple single knot, they’ll work with different outfits, dressed up or down, worn out or tucked inside the shirt, ascot-style, bolo tie-style or á-la J. Depp. We do insist on the ‘rough and rugged’ nature of the kerchiefs, this is not Brooks Bros neckwear. Think “Salaire de la Peur” rather than “The Great Gatsby“.
Our Shorties come with a Mister Freedom® original vintage metal slider, bench-made in our LA atelier. Sliders are all one-of-a-kind, with different shapes and sizes, up-cycled from antique silverware.

Of notice, displayed atop our jovial and debonair friend Rudolph Valentino’s head, is a fine assortment of casquettes “La Deffe” and “Scuttler” caps, currently in stock.

The Mister Freedom® “Boro Shorties” are up-cycled in USA, and made from antique textiles loomed in Japan.

Retail: $129.95 (including MF® vintage slider)

CARE:
Hand washable, cold water, eco-friendly detergent. Line dry.
The condition of some of these fabrics are beyond the wabi-sabi of a little imperfection, and feature fraying, occasional holes, repairs, fragile spots, etc…As the fabric continues to age with wear, your own hand-made repairs will add character.

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

Christophe Loiron
Mister Freedom®
©2017

Boro Ties Shorties, scarves made from antique Japanese indigo textiles

Boro Ties Mister Freedom 2014

Boro Ties Mister Freedom 2014

 

Boro Ties Mister Freedom 2014

 

Boro Ties Mister Freedom 2014

Mister Freedom® BORO TIES “Shorties”

We put together another fresh batch of ‘shorties‘ this week, made from antique textiles loomed in Japan a long time ago.
These are the shorter version of our Indigo Boro Ties, originally introduced in 2011. Still sans leather ring.
The fabrics of this batch were hunted down during a recent trip to Japan.
These narrow shuttle loom fabrics are of assorted patterns, textures and colors, all one side selvedge and the other side frayed. They range from the turn of the century to the 1950′s.
A mixture of home spun, cotton, hemp, natural indigo, katazome prints, kasuri weave, plaids, solids… these vintage textiles scarves are all one of a kind.
We classify them in related groups but they all vary from one another, with specific fade/condition/size/repairs/holes/yellowing due to age.
Please understand this is ‘rough and rugged’ neckwear. The condition of some of these fabrics are beyond the wabi-sabi of a little imperfection.
As the fabric will continue to age with wear, your own hand-made repairs will add character.

To be clear, those into fancy Italian fashion silk ties might wonder why anyone would want to wear a rag around the neck…
That’s when we call in Mr. Rizzo. We just hired Frank, promoted him head of Sales, right on the spot.
If you see Frank Rizzo at a street corner near you, go say hi.

Frank Rizzo

“That’s right there, sizzlechest, whatever you need sold, I’ll sell it”

Wrapped once around the neck with a simple single knot, they’ll work with different outfits, dressed up or down. These scarves are, in my opinion, less of a statement than the traditional Bandana, somewhat easier to pull off for some.
Due to the age of the vintage textiles we selected, some more than a 100 years old, the fragility of the yarn at times calls for hand washing and line drying when laundry is needed.

Retail: $89.95

Call the store at 323-653-2014 or email sales@misterfreedom.com with questions.
Available from www.misterfreedom.com.
Thank you for your support.