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From the Free & Easy Archive

Nov 21st, 2008 | Categories: Japan, Magazines, Media | by Michael Williams

The August, 2007 issue of Free & Easy includes one of my all time favorite articles from the Japanese publication, a buyers guide for dogs. I can see someone like New York Magazine doing this sort of feature (actually my pal Rosecrans wrote a much more logical piece on the topic in 2007), but not with the endearing absurdity that only Free & Easy can produce. After seeing this issue it became clear to me that the magazine is just a guide-book to living like an American. That was also the same day that Free & Easy — with all its quirkiness — became my all time favorite magazine, after Vitals of course.

Comments: 18

18 Comments to “From the Free & Easy Archive”

  1. emily
    on Nov 21st, 2008
    @ 2:42 PM

    They even love Western dogs…where are the Shiba Inus?

  2. Michael Williams
    on Nov 21st, 2008
    @ 2:43 PM

    Hello! The whole magazine is about American culture, hence the lack of Shiba Inus…

  3. trip
    on Nov 21st, 2008
    @ 3:03 PM

    Interesting that they have a flat-coated retriever listed. A friend of mine has one and seemed to indicate that they are pretty rare here in the States; more popular in England. They cost quite a pretty penny too…Beautiful dog, though.

  4. Ms. P&C
    on Nov 21st, 2008
    @ 3:41 PM

    What about the terriers? My dog will be very sad her gang of funny stocky-legged cuteness was overlooked.

  5. Shane
    on Nov 21st, 2008
    @ 4:32 PM

    I agree with Ms. P&C. We recently adopted a Cairn Terrier and like Toto she is as American as Auntie Em’s apple pie.

  6. wayne pate
    on Nov 21st, 2008
    @ 4:46 PM

    It’s insane how thorough F & E can be when covering a topic. There coverage of vintage fountain
    pens in the Dec 08′ issue is incredible.

    on Nov 21st, 2008
    @ 5:26 PM

    Funny, most of those items HST rocked! Aviators, Chucks, Hat…

  8. Thom
    on Nov 21st, 2008
    @ 5:28 PM

    I buy Asian magazines from time to time even though I can’t read a lick of their copy. They have a much more open attitude towards total geekiness.

  9. eric
    on Nov 21st, 2008
    @ 5:52 PM

    So glad to hear someone else mention their love for Vitals. I saved all my issues. men’s and women’s.
    occasionally i flip through them and sigh. Why, Vitals?! Why?!

  10. Randy
    on Nov 21st, 2008
    @ 6:21 PM

    agree on vitals. big fan. i’ve got all the men’s issues and they still look great.

  11. Tintin
    on Nov 21st, 2008
    @ 6:53 PM

    Trad Rule for Dogs- Never have a dog you can’t pick up and move. Comes in handy when your dog starts humping your mother in laws leg.

  12. Joe Conyers
    on Nov 21st, 2008
    @ 9:16 PM

    Does Free & Easy have a blog?

  13. Michael Williams
    on Nov 22nd, 2008
    @ 10:37 AM


    I do not believe they do. Although, if they did I’m sure it would be in Japanese.


  14. Brett Wagner
    on Nov 22nd, 2008
    @ 6:24 PM

    I miss Vitals man…

  15. Justin
    on Nov 23rd, 2008
    @ 10:12 AM

    Vitals—gee, I thought I was the only one. Everyone always looks at me like I am crazy when I say I miss that magazine. It was done so well…

  16. Jason
    on Nov 23rd, 2008
    @ 1:24 PM

    Free&Easy has been my fav mag for some years now; I’m almost as hooked on the magazine as I am on clothes. What I find interesting about Free&Easy is that it’s based on a kind of reverse versionism. The original vintage piece is the start; the versions – by Mister Freedom, Post O’Alls, RRL, etc – seem to get the greatest appreciation for not straying too far from that point. The opposite to any other creative arena, here, the detailed, lovingly remastered homage gets top marks. But the dogs, you can keep.

  17. Lesli Larson
    on Nov 26th, 2008
    @ 3:10 PM

    Silly question–is Free & Easy an online only publication or is there a print versions…?

    I’m surprised F&E they missed out on documenting the best breed of all time–the curly coated retriever (my future dog of choice).

  18. himelator
    on Nov 20th, 2009
    @ 9:32 PM

    You can get the magazine on special order in NYC

    I contributed many of the jackets that have appeared in the is a vintage clothing encyclopedia.