Pattern: An original pattern inspired by 1930’s “Grizzly” type leather jackets, and other vintage sportswear and outdoor garments.
Leather: Vegetable tanned leather, full grain cowhide, milled and supple, natural finish and color, about 2-3 Oz weight, sourced in USA.
Soft-hand sheepskin, warm golden brown finish with subtle color variations.
Lining: 100% cotton brushed flannel with a 1940’s-50’s-inspired vibrant plaid pattern, discharge-printed. Fabric milled in Japan.
* Trim 1930’s silhouette.
* Vintage 1930’s style, inspired by our Cossack-style MF® Campus Jacket and Grizzly-style American sportswear jackets.
* Fully lined with a soft cotton brushed flannel featuring a vintage style discharge-printed plaid pattern.
* Single panel sheepskin back.
* Slash pockets with arrow-head pocket stops.
* Side gussets with adjustable side straps (NOS metal slide buckles)
* Keyhole button holes.
* Corozo ‘Cat Eyes’ wood buttons, backed by French NOS genuine 1920’s glass buttons.
* Mister Freedom® woven “Sportsman” label. (Sizing tab is sandwiched on lining side seam)
* American-sourced hides.
* Made in USA.
The Mister Freedom® Baloo Jacket is available ready to wear as-is. Please refer to sizing chart to determine which size works for you.
CL's Advice: The MF® Baloo Jacket is true to size. I am usually a 38 in mfsc jackets and opted for a 38 in the Baloo, with enough room for a single lightweight layer underneath.
The fit is quite snug, according to your eating habits. Do not size down on this garment. If planning on layering with heavy cable knit wool sweaters, refer to sizing chart and considered sizing up in order to be able to comfortably button-up the jacket.
We recommend you leave your Baloo as-is and just wear it. Treat with care when necessary. Use appropriate products for leather garments and please be aware that almost anything applied to light colored leather will alter its color.
We do not recommend dry cleaning your Baloo Jacket.
Seek the help of a professional leather cleaner should staining occur that you cannot live with.
Should parts of your jacket get accidentally stained from normal wear, consider this a normal stage of the evolution of an outdoor garment. As often witnessed on well-worn vintage leather jackets, wear, stains and scratches will eventually blend-in into the most attractive and unique patinas.
The Baloo Jacket is our take of the famous vintage “Grizzly” style, a popular garment of 1930’s working America, combining mouton fur and leather in one handsome waist-length fashionable coat.
In “Grizzly” style fashion, we used sheepskin for the two front panels, and the large single-piece back panel. Each hide features a soft hand and golden brown finish, with subtle color variations.
For the sleeves and other selected panels, the leather we used is vegetable tanned cowhide. Within the same leather grade, there are no two hides alike, resulting in each jacket having its own character, specificity, feel and natural ‘imperfections’.
Our veg-tan leather is quite light sensitive, and the natural-color hide will soon start ‘tanning’ when exposed to sunlight. Originally of a pinkish white color, the leather will turn to an attractive and warmer orange tone when worn outside.
Expect stains, water marks, natural grease, scratches, patina and creases. All this adds to the character of a leather garment. The jacket’s journey will be yours and each nick a memory.
This MF® garment is designed and manufactured in California by Mister Freedom®.