MISTER FREEDOM® COLLECTIONS
Les Apaches Collection
BY: MISTER FREEDOM®
MF® Originals Manufacturer
MFSC® American Headquarters.
Vintage clothing and accessories supplier.
7161 Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA 90036
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Taking it’s moniker from the original title of a 1956 movie “The Reno Brothers” (better known as “Love Me Tender” and featuring a young artist bound to alter musical History and Pop culture, like something solid), this garment draws inspiration from early homesteader shirting and Western Cinema-scope imagery.
We combined early Frontier garb ‘home made’ feel with fancy imported fabrics and trims one could get his hands on at the local dry goods store. We used a then popular pull-over style, giving it our own treatment and an original MFSC pattern.
One of the inspirational pieces for our Reno was a rare vintage early obscure ‘ethnic’ man’s blouse, roughly made from homespun woven textile. It featured a one piece collar band and pleated front and back, with ‘primitive’ construction. We used original 1920’s glass buttons, a New Old Stock found in France during a wild goose chase buying trip.
Because easy has yet to do it around here we chose to develop three very different original fabrics for the Reno options. Selected from our textiles archives, all three have a vintage 1900-1930’s European origin and were expertly milled in Japan on narrow shuttle loom machines:
An all original MFSC® pattern, inspired by early American pioneer wear and its Cinema-scope renditions.
* Indigo Ticking: Selvedge 100% cotton 4.5 oz. indigo woven pin stripe.
* Original side gussets, indigo dyed cotton poplin.
* Original MFSC woven rayon label on bottom of the button placket, early European Henley shirts style.
* Narrow-width side chain-stitch and single needle machine construction.
* 100% cotton thread contrast stitching, high count.
Designed in California by Mister Freedom® and manufactured in Japan by Sugar Cane Co under our MFSC® collaboration. Limited Edition.
* An original MFSC pattern, pull-over style, inspired by early Old West imagery.
* One piece collar.
* Double top buttons.
* Button placket facing with indigo dyed cotton poplin.
* Double expansion chest pleats on back and front panels.
* Original vintage French NOS 1920’s glass buttons.
* Longer ‘square’ back tail, contrasting with front curved shorter panel.
We used the traditional and tedious ‘discharge’ print method for both calico options. Again, the motif is not a ‘print’ per se, but a ‘bleached out’ section. For a glimpse of the technical aspect of that process, read the first 48 pages of this book.(insert DOW) Instead of the poplin base we have used for our previous calico printed shirts, we have chosen to use cotton twill this season. This ‘snow’ option has a brushed back, giving it a warm, soft feel. This was a fabric of choice for winter workman shirts in France, as seen on vintage pieces.
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I am a 38/medium/15½ in MFSC shirting, and I wear a 15½ in the Reno Shirt. We recommend an original cold soak and line dry. Subsequent washing should be done with turning the shirts inside out, gentle cycle and Eco-friendly mild detergent. Line dry is preferred.
All three fabric options come raw/unwashed. After shrinkage, all fabrics will approximately shrink to the same specs.
Some bleeding is expected with the indigo dyed fabric and yarns, due to the nature of indigo dyed textiles. Available RAW/unwashed
Color: Indigo Métisse
The Garrison Shirt
Color: 12.4 oz Midnight Denim Twill
Color: Denim Snow