Want: Mr. Freedom's Mulholland Master

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Mr. Freedom has a rabid following for a good reason. Based off vintage sports & work-wear from the turn of the last century and produced by Japanese label Sugar Cane for the upcoming Fall 2009 “Speed Safe Clothing for Modern Riders” line, the Mulholland Master jacket is one of the finest homages to a bygone era we’ve seen. While $875 is on the seriously pricey side, the level of craftsmanship and stitching is well beyond the Barbour International famously worn by McQueen when he raced the Six Days of Scotland.

Attention to detail is fanatical and every jacket carries a faint whiff of oil and gasoline. That last part would be completely cheesy if the absolutely crazy designer didn’t live and work out of a rickety old-Hollywood warehouse full of bikes and hotrods dating back to the birth of auto culture. On racks in October, the Mulholland Master will be available at Mr. Freedom’s L.A. store and the Self Edge.

We take that back, it’s still really silly. But what isn’t in Calfornia, you know?

  • Smelly Yankee

    Is there anything similar on the OTHER end of the price spectrum? A waxed cotton Barbour/Belstaff-type jacket with armor for under $300 and I’d buy today (and I’m between bikes).

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Grant Ray

      A waxed-cotton, Barbour/Belstaff-type jacket with CE-certified armor under $300? Dude, not even in China. In fact, the only way you’d get a sub-$300 jacket of your specs that would actually provide proper protection is by forcing small children onto the production line in a third world slave-wage factory.

      I’m not joking.

      The utopianist era our grandparents had of inexpensive, high-quality, locally produced commodities, where everyone made out well with no harm to others? Never existed. The historical blip we call the Industrial Revolution, built with the Western machines of both colonial and post-colonial exploitation, is over.

      • area_educator

        A waxed-cotton, Barbour/Belstaff-type jacket with CE-certified armor under $300? Dude, not even in China.

        While I think this is probably true, I think it can probably be done for something a little further this side of $900. Does the Mr Freedom jacket have armor?

        While the craftsmanship may be beyond an International, but I can buy an International (still made in England– a far cry from a third world slave-wage factory– from what I can tell) for $278. I’d imagine I could add armour to one for well less than $600. Oh– and I can make it look well used myself.

        I understand that you like to focus on the xStylexDesign of motorcycling culture, as indicated in the logo’s tagline. But, maybe there are some affordable options out there you guys might mention from time to time.

        I think a lot of us are interested in alternatives to the flashy, over the top or leather tough-guy aesthetics that seem to dominate MC gear. But, at the price-point of the stuff you guys usually feature, we can do better with BMW’s gear– especially if you catch a closeout on the outgoing year.

        As a quick example, I have a very comfortable, very classy BMG (ex-Belstaff) Zodiac in black and grey that can be had for $140.

        Granted, mine was made in Pakistan. But, there’s really no middle ground between good looking, quality Pakistani-made jackets for $140 and $600-$900 copies of old designs?

        • area_educator
        • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

          I wear a Barbour International off-bike, they’re $380 from BMG. Even with armor underneath, it’s not up to being crashed in, something built to those standards would be much more expensive.

          Nice stuff costs money guys.

          • area_educator

            Whoops– $278 was absolutely a typo. I meant 378– never meant to suggest that an International would be less than $300. So, sorry about that.

            Is this jacket up to being crashed in?

            Yes, nice stuff costs money. And then there’s “high fashion” nice stuff that costs a whole lot more money while doing not much more.

            Please understand that I’m not trying to suggest you guys shouldn’t feature high-end stuff. I’m trying to suggest featuring some affordable alternatives from time to time.

        • Daniel

          For anyone interested, I recently bought a Zodiac off eBay for $70 shipped. New with tags.

  • http://setthemfree.tumblr.com Sasha Pave

    You’ve gotta hand it to the vintage crowd in LA: When it comes to fashion, they’re committed. Just watch the move Brittown.

  • Zeitgeist

    Yikes 875.00 for a cotton jacket? My threshold would be about 600.00 it seems the extra $$ is for the goofy patch over the right pocket. This jacket at the right realistic price point would be very nice to have. I wonder what the lining is? Being Cali made I doubt it would have anything plush and warm so as long as a sweater or hoodie fits under neath all is good.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Grant Ray

      They’re actually produced in Japan, but you’re not just paying for a name when it come to this label. I have a general dislike of label whoring, but the stuff I’ve seen in person from Mr. Freedom is worth it. The quality of materials and attention to detail is pretty stunning. I may not be able to afford it, but I can still appreciate it.

  • Gary Sideburn

    Those storm flap fasteners are like to scratch tanks to fuck. Triumph are making some nice retro Barbour/Belstaff-style jackets at affordable prices. Particularly Lawford and Portland. Don’t know where they’re made, but it won’t be London or Milan. G

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Grant Ray

      We actually featured the new Lawford for the Initial Report: 2009 Triumph Daytona 675. Neither of us were impressed, especially compared to Wes’ older Triumph jacket, which is also a Belstaff-based design with full armor. The brown Lawford is $400 and the black is $500, but the one we had felt like it shouldn’t be more than $275. Wes’ 9 year old jacket feels like quality.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Grant Ray

      Oh, and we tried to get the Portland as well but they wouldn’t send it as it’s being discontinued.

  • Smelly Yankee

    Area_educator – That’s what I was going for.

    More envy than anything else… us non-$875 affording types want to look that good. Except for the billboard on the chest pocket that is one fine looking jacket.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Grant Ray

      Smelly, Wes and I are “non-$875 affording types” too. Doesn’t mean we can’t like cool stuff. Knowing Mr. Freedom, that patch you call a billboard is some kind of crazy 1920s dead-stock cotton that was personally cut, hand screen-printed and individually numbered by the designer Christophe Loiron.

      Yeah, the details are that good.

  • wonton

    Note that this site is described in the subtitle as being style design and culture, not riding.
    If this was actually crash worthy, I would say it is cool, but as it is, it’s just a cool looking fashion coat that has a good story and style, but is not interesting to me. I ride (um, and crash…)

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      We ride and crash too. But not all the time, sometimes we have to go to a bar or a party or to dinner with our girlfriends.

  • sam

    yeow that picture made me cringe. WARNING:not for the faint of heart.

    i think people just want the best of both worlds. they want a jacket reproduced in a limited edition situation, of an above average quality, at warehouse prices, available at their local wal-mart. and its not their fault, its what theyve been used too. expect icon to make a patch covered version of this in a decade at a price you will all enjoy.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Hey, that’s my left arm. You should have seen it in person.

  • andy

    Consider the Aerostich version, which gets fewer cool points but is the armored real deal. 375, by the way.


    • area_educator

      ::idly wonders if that’s the Andy::

  • amsterdam

    No thank you.
    What happened?
    As a former martial arts student I’ve always wondered why other sports do not train to break their fall or at least discuss the basic rules of breaking your fall.
    The only thing I’ve come across thus far is in Twist of the Wrist; the fact that you should not try to get up before you stoppped slipping and sliding and don’t stay on the moving bike.
    But I meet so many bikers, cyclist, skaters etc. with broken wrists and forearms…

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      I don’t actually remember…

      Falls happen at much higher speeds on bikes, cycles, skateboards etc than they do on a martial arts mat, they also take place in a far more complicated environment.

      • amsterdam

        I have the impression that also a lot of accidents happpen at a low speed with no other vehicles around.
        In those cases for instance it would be helpfull to know how in a reflex not to stretch out your arms and break them.
        So HFL go and talk to stuntriders or testdrivers.
        I think this is something worth looking into.
        Do your best.

  • dm

    The thing is Barbour is still the original – made in England ..nuff said :)

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