La Vaillant Pants: INDIGO HBT TWILL


$ 404.95




    An original mfsc pattern inspired by vintage French military late 1800’s utility and uniform trousers, such as the Modèle 1867 Pantalon Garance, and the classic natural HBT linen M1882 bourgeron.

    Dark indigo-dyed 15 Oz. blend of 80% linen and 20% cotton herringbone twill (HBT), selvedge, milled in Japan.

    The MF® Pantalon “Le VAILLANT” is designed in California by Mister Freedom® and manufactured in Japan by Sugar Cane Co.


     • Vintage-inspired silhouette with slightly tapered leg and medium-high rise.

     • Traditional rear cinch strap and selvedge expansion gusset with split waist band.

     • Two rear welt pockets, coin pocket and slash side pockets.

     • Decorative arcuate stitch on pocket openings.

     • Spilt outseams displaying fabric selvedge.

     • Thin trousers-style belt loops for wider belts.

     • Suspender buttons:

     • a) Genuine bone with attractive finish for the indigo HBT Le VAILLANT.

     • b) 1930’s style metal tack buttons with dull aluminum finish for the denim Le VAILLANT.

     • Fly buttons:

     • a) Amber brown corrozo for the indigo HBT Le VAILLANT.

     • b) Utilitarian donut type with dull aluminum finish for the denim Le VAILLANT.

     • Pocketing: attractive combination of cotton indigo stripe ticking, white stripe ticking and indigo-dyed cotton poplin.

     • Original mfsc “Pioupiou” woven rayon label.

     • Made in Japan.


    Both versions of the “Le VAILLANT” come raw/un-rinsed. We recommend the usual protocol before wearing:

     • Cold soak for about 30-40mn, with occasional hand agitation.

     • Spin dry and line dry.

     • Wear briefly before fully-dry to set creases, then hang until fully dry.

    Both versions will fit approximately the same following the above procedure, although the denim “Le VAILLANT” feels roomier because our mfsc shrink tests are done with heat-dried garments. There is therefore more shrinkage to be expected for the denim version with subsequent washing, or if a heat dryer is used. We don’t recommend heat drying as this tends to soften garments, ‘break’ the fabric starch, and result in unsightly fold creases or marbling marks. Garment stiffness after a soak/line dry will subside rapidly with normal wear.


    Please refer to sizing chart for measurements, reflecting a 30-40mn cold soak/spin dry/line dry process, resulting in minimal shrinkage.

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    Fit: Due to the split waistband/rear expansion gusset pattern, the “Le VAILLANT” have a generous waist. Fully cinching the back strap will take in the waist by about 1 ½ inch. If your waist measures an actual 32 inches, the “Le VAILLANT” W32 will have a generous seat leg and a very comfortable fit. For a slimmer silhouette, if your waistline allows it, sizing down is an option. I usual wear W32 in mfsc trousers, but opted to size-down to a W30 for these, for a tighter seat and tapered leg silhouette. Hemming: The bottom hem on both models is done using a single needle machine, no special chainstitch machine required. Not a fan of contemporary stacking, I opted to crop “Le VAILLLANT” quite high, above the traditional trousers’ break.


    Please refer to sizing chart for measurements, reflecting a 30-40mn cold soak/spin dry/line dry process, resulting in minimal shrinkage. The raw measurements are given for reference only, as the numbers that actually matter are post soak. We do believe that, according to frequency of use, washable garments should be laundered when needed, and not kept ‘raw’.


    Launder when needed.
    We recommend turning indigo blue/denim garments inside out to avoid marbling during laundering. Machine wash, cold water, gentle cycle, eco-friendly mild detergent and line dry.
    Potential attractive patina will develop according to activities and frequency of wear.
    Please note that dark indigo might cause color transfer, and potentially “bleed” on light-colored garments, furniture, and skin.