Since first opening their doors back in 2005, Freemans Sporting Club has lined their shelves with a truly impressive amount of American made goods, but until this past fall they were missing one crucial item – a suit worthy of their own name.
As a brand whose wares have always exuded a confident yet easy air not unlike that of a college professor, the classically tuned Freeman suit sits comfortably alongside the rest of the FSC collection, but it also represents a new frontier for the brand. The label’s original suit packed a lofty price tag, and was admittedly bit too persnickety for many suit shoppers, so this past year the brand’s design team set out to create a more approachable, entry level suit that better represented Freemans as a whole.
The end product is a crisp notch-lapeled, two button suit, with patch pockets below, a chest welt up top, and a single vented back. There’s also a few Freeman specific details such as two button cuffs, a higher armhole, and a natural shoulder that would make any weathered trad blush. For those interested in the finer points of the suit’s construction, they are all fully canvassed and manufactured in the Eastern United States per FSC’s well-known “make it local,” ethos, which makes their reasonable price point all the more impressive.
The fabric selection is wide ranging, and fuzzy in an East Coast sort of way, with checks, tweeds, and wools that are ripe for wear in the years to come. If the stock Freeman patterns are not to your liking though, there is the option to get a made to measure suit from a pattern of your choice, or a full bespoke suit for right around five thousand dollars. In the future, FSC plans to expand their suiting program by converting their former back barber shop on Rivington Street into a suiting suite to give the Freeman suit a proper home, because when it bears your name, you better treat it right.