Mister Freedom® SCUBA Utilities, “Okinawa 301” denim, mfsc SS2022 FROGSVILLE

Mister Freedom® SCUBA Utilities, “Okinawa 301” left-hand twill denim
mfsc SS2022 FROGSVILLE
Made in Japan

These came about as we were considering turning the Scuba Trunks pattern – inspired by old school UDT combat swimmer shorts – into a pair of pants. The mission? Coming up with a pair of dungarees not related to the ubiquitous 5-pocket jeans, that could have existed.

Wanna turn shorts into pants?”, I quipped, “Here it is, Barney-style, just add legs!

The Mister Freedom® Design Dept kindly remarked that morphing our swim trunks into a pair of practical work pants may take a few more cups of brain juice.
First, we needed front pockets for functionality, so we borrowed the patch pocket design (sandwiched in the outseam) of our Utility Trousers from 2015.
For the back of the pants, the single square pocket of the trunks felt too plain, so we tapped our Swabbies for a more visually-pleasing rear pocketing design. We also needed two pockets, to balance with the absence of back yoke, also a feature of our classic Speedways, anecdotally. The four pockets are cut using horizontal warp, in contrast with the traditional vertical warp used for the legs, which always makes for interesting fabric roping and patina.
We of course kept the no-belt loops style waist band and D-ring cinch strap, pure vintage UDT shorts legacy.

There it is. A modern day wearable blending vintage military aesthetics and utilitarian clothing functionality, as featured in the “Chairborne Commando” star-studded Hollywood blockbuster.

Our Scuba Trunks may have challenged some in the Heritage Fashion community regarding “how short can you go?”, and, incidentally puzzled a few beach goers in my coastal neighborhood for a couple of years now, but its long-legged successor, the Scuba Utes, shouldn’t raise too many eyebrows in public. At least initially. Just wait for the “sick fades” on that sweet “Okinawa 301” indigo left-hand twill denim, and watch the crowds part and jaws drop!

The MF® Scuba Utilities are designed in California by Mister Freedom® and manufactured in Japan in collaboration with Sugar Cane Co.

FABRIC:
Fancy “Okinawa 301” denim, 12 Oz. left-hand twill indigo premium denim, “hairy” and slubby, solid white selvedge ID, a Sugar Cane Co proprietary fabric. Milled in Japan on narrow shuttle looms, from a blend of 80% cotton and 20% Okinawan recycled sugar cane fibers.

SPECS:
* An original mfsc pattern inspired by vintage military swimmers trunks and UDT shorts, US Navy dungarees, Army field trousers and other utilitarian classic garments.
* Old school high rise, classic straight leg cut.
* Adjustable waist strap with Mil-Specs double D-ring buckle, ½ inch ~ 1 inch cinch.
* Waistband facing displaying denim selvedge ID.
* No belt loops.
* Front patch pocket original pattern, sandwiched in flat-felled outseam.
* Double rear pockets, concealed selvedge ID on inside fold.
* All four pockets cut using horizontal warp, in contrast with vertical warp of legs.
* Button fly, black painted metal “donut” wreath tack buttons.
* Chainstitch seam construction.
* Black tonal stitching, 100% cotton thread.
* Original mfsc Frogsville woven rayon label.

SIZING/FIT:
The MF® SCUBA Utilities are true-to-size after a cold rinse/machine spin dry/line dry.
We recommend the following simple initial process.

  • Cold soak garment for about 30 mn in bathtub or washing machine, with occasional hand agitation.
  • Spin dry (spinning cycle) if using a washing machine.
  • Line dry/drip dry. 

The resulting stiffness of the garment is due to the reactivated starch in the denim fabric, and is normal. Stiffness will easily subside with normal wear, fabric will soften.

The D-ring waist strap allows for about ½ inch to one inch cinch. I opted for a W31 in the Scuba Utilities, fully cinched, for a comfortable fit (I wear a W32 in all models of Scuba Trunks.) I’m about 5’7 / 145-150 lbs.

CARE:
Wash when necessary, as other premium denim garments.
We recommend turning the pants inside-out to avoid potential marbling of the denim fabric. Wash separately from light-colored garments.
Machine wash with cold water, gentle cycle, eco-friendly mild detergent and line dry. Using a heat dryer may result in excessive and irreversible shrinkage.
As with all indigo-dyed denim, temporary croaking (color bleeding) is to be expected, and the indigo color could potentially rub on light color garments and furniture. Indigo rubs can easily be spot cleaned using a small amount of laundry detergent on a clean damp cloth.

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®
©2022

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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