Freeman Transport

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Freeman Transport is a Montana-based company hand-building bikes and products in the USA founded in 2006 by the artist and designer team of Nathaniel Freeman and Benjamin Ferencz.

www.freemantransport.com

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October 15th, 2010

My friends over at Freeman’s Sporting Club never cease to amaze. Their latest creation, dress shoes with E. Vogel are a celebration of local trade and artisanal goods.

For Fall 2010 F.S.C. offers 2 styles. The first shoe is a five eyelet split-toe oxford blucher in brandy French calfskin. The second shoe is a plain toe three eyelet blucher constructed using black French baby calfskin. Both shoes feature genuine Goodyear Welt Construction and are fully lined for comfort and wearability.

F.S.C documented the process of building the shoes and here’s how it goes. Photography by Michael Waring

E. Vogel is a bespoke and handmade footwear business that has been in NYC since 1879. These master shoe and boot makers have been approached numerous times to create a private label collection. They have turned these opportunities down—until now. They have agreed to produce a line of dress shoes exclusively for Freemans Sporting Club. The artisanal nature of shoe construction and design are the perfect complement to our ready-to-wear and made-to-measure suits.

The hallmark of any Vogel dress shoe begins with the choice of hide. In the case of Freemans Sporting Club, our shoes are made using French calfskin for the upper.The French are the finest tanners of calfskin in the world and the leather used in our shoes is full grain, meaning there is no correction in the hide. As the French have a sizeable veal market, the skins come from small animals. This produces a beautiful, supple, tight grained leather. In addition, barbed wire fencing is not common on cattle ranches in France so the skins are free of the scarring prevalant in other leathers.

Once the last and leather have been chosen, a paper pattern is made by a master pattern maker. This pattern is then used to hand cut the individual pieces of leather that form the upper of the shoe. The individual elements are cut and sent to the upper making department where the pieces are sewn together to form the “upper”.

The master shoemakers at E. Vogel pride themselves on hand lasting each shoe they make. Once the upper has been stitched together, it is stretched over the last by hand and then tacked to the bottom of the last with nails. Hand lasting results in an upper that is perfectly fit over the last. This ensures that the vamp creases and breaks properly with wear, resulting in less cracking and superior comfort.

After the upper has been lasted, the shoe goes to be soled. This process begins by hand-tacking the insole on to the last. The insoles are made from pure vegetable tanned leather that is chosen for its breathability, comfort and durability. Similar to the french calf uppers, the insoles will gradually conform to the shape of the foot resulting in a custom quality to the fit.Once tacked to the last, the insoles are trimmed by hand to make certain they conform exactly to the bottom of the last.

THE GOODYEAR WELTThis process takes its name from Charles Goodyear Jr. who revolutionized the shoemaking industry in 1871 by introducing the machinery used to attach the sole to the upper in this manner.The finished upper is shaped over the last and fastened on by sewing a strip of leather called a “welt” to the inner and upper sole.The welt creates a cavity that is then filled with cork which serves as a cushion and allows the shoe to breathe. A four-layer sandwich is created: outsole, welt, insole and lining of upper.The final step is to stitch the outsole to the shoe through the welt.The number of steps involved in Goodyear welted dress shoes means they take much longer to manufacture than cheaper alternatives and the laborious nature of the process means that craftsmen take years to hone their skills.The system of Goodyear Welt Construction provides constant airflow through the shoe, keeping the shoe ventilated, durable and strong in addition to making the shoe easy to re-sole.

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Posted by Freeman Transport on Friday, October 15th, 2010 at 9:28 am
August 28th, 2010

freeman_transport_milliman24.jpgThe Gravel Racer is available again. Operators are standing by. Photo by Chris Milliman

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Posted by Freeman Transport on Saturday, August 28th, 2010 at 2:30 am
May 21st, 2010

11This just in from our boy Kyle. Way to go champ!21

BOWERY STADIUM,officially opened last week, on the evening of Friday, May 14th to a New York crowd who witnessed the unveiling of the space, designed by Rafael de Cardenas. The first installation is called “ORDER AND PROGRESS”, a celebration of Brazilian soccer through the lens of the NYC creative community.That night we premiered a multi-media piece entitled “EVERYTHING IS PRACTICE”, a short film with Spike Lee directed by Jake Sumner and photography by Nabil Elderkin,as well as a piece by Brazilian born, NYC raised creative Allen Benedikt.The basement serves as another creative salon but with a more functional purpose in mind, with a real locker room stacked along an entire wall, we created this space as a hub for participators in sports programs to be announced this month. Serving as a forum to meet, the classic utilitarian locker room is flipped on its head with an explosion of paints created by artist Jack Greer. Along the other wall are illustrations by Gianluigi Toccafondo titled “Heroes of Speed” – making this the proverbial gym of the future.The space will be the new home of the BOWERY STADIUM sports programs, including the NYC Bridge Runners, Goodtimes FC soccer league, NRF, WNW and more…STADIUM will be open to the public Thursday to Sundays from 12 to 7pm, at 276 Bowery in Manhattan.

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Posted by Freeman Transport on Friday, May 21st, 2010 at 6:37 am
May 18th, 2010

Our friends at Jack Spade just sent some pics of the new space and a shot from the opening party. The shop looks great, perfectly styled and nicely considered. As for the party…beer, ping pong and hot dogs. How can you go wrong. Stop by and tell em cousin Ben sent you.Jack Spade 1132 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA. 4 to 9 p.m.

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Posted by Freeman Transport on Tuesday, May 18th, 2010 at 8:56 am
March 5th, 2010

FreemanRapha

We are pleased to share with you our new road bicycle. While prototyping this model, we were speaking with Rapha and decided it would be a great collaboration with the Continental project. Stay tuned for the release with a signature Freeman Transport paint scheme.

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Posted by Freeman Transport on Friday, March 5th, 2010 at 12:22 am