No, I didn’t find the secret coveted stash of New Old Stock French 1920′s-30′s caps in an abandoned Parisian storage room… (where ARE those caps??? Every single gent owned at least one back then, but they are nowhere to be found today, as any vintage hound knows.
What I did find last year was an awesome batch of NOS French wool/tweed & linings, a rare 20′s-30′s grouping of fabrics. All coming from an haberdashery manufacturer from Northern France, that had been around since the early 1920′s and closed it’s doors in the mid 1960′s. We have some of the amazing clothes (mainly suiting) that came with this loot at the store here. Some of which are now seen on screen (HBO Boardwalk Empire…)
So. We figured out how to make them, the same way they were made back then. The pattern is inspired by early French men’s casquettes, different from the newspaper boy cap, the US version of it.
The name “Deffe” is one of the many colorful Apache slang for headgear. Originally, a hat manufacturer called DESFOUX (located near Pont-Neuf, Paris) made silk caps favored by butchers, pimps and gangsters since 1878. ” Une Desfoux” became “une deffe” in French argot…
Some documentation can be found in the amazing 1930′s underworld studies written by Mr. Emile Chautard, who spent more time in dives drinking absinthe with “strange” characters than behind a desk sipping tea (“La vie étrange de l’Argot“, 1931). Many of Chautard insightful accounts have influenced our latest MFSC Apaches collection.
PATTERN: Original Mister Freedom® single panel pattern, typical of 1920′s-30′s French gents’ caps.
FABRIC: 100 year old New Old Stock (NOS) French fabrics. Variety of all wool patterns, weave and colors. Solid, tweeds, herringbone, hounds-tooth in very limited quantities. (See last photo for an idea of how the fabric rolls looked like when found.)
LINING: NOS 1930′s sturdy black rayon and/or moleskin, printed with Mister Freedom® original artwork.
We use only one pattern, and due to variation in fabric thickness, fluctuating seam allowance, the crown size also varies slightly +/- a few millimeters. No two casquettes are exactly the same.
* Leather head band
* Decorative crown strap, secured by 1900′s French NOS glass buttons
* Functioning snap up brim (United Carr snap).
* All hand made in MF® Los Angeles atelier, by happy skilled artisans, while listening to good music.
Professional Hat cleaner Dry Cleaning ONLY, if needed. Do NOT wash.
Very limited edition, all one-of-a-kind, none are perfect, hand Made in USA.
Due to the specialty nature of this product, we offer personal customer service to insure that you receive the right: Color, Size, ect...
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