Freemans Sporting Club
8 Rivington ST, New York, NY 10002
Open Weekdays 12am-8pm; Sat 11am-8pm; Sun 12am-6pm
Freemans Sporting Club was borne out of a gathering of close friends playing pool, carousing, and drinking whisky above Freemans Restaurant in New York City. The regular meetings led the group to organize trips to camp, shoot, fish, and enjoy time in nature outside the concrete canyons of New York. When Taavo Somer, the defacto leader of the troupe, created his menswear line in 2004 it was only natural that the garments be named, F.S.C., after the club, ideals, and activities that inspired them.
The entire F.S.C. brand is built around the vanishing trade of handmade clothing. It is built to be durable and made to worn day in and out. In the modern landscape of disposable fashion, F.S.C. strives to create classically styled clothing to stand the test of time and last long enough to be willed to your heirs.
Hand Tailored Suiting
Hand Made Quality
F.S.C. suiting is handmade in Brooklyn, New York by Union craftsmen working in the field for over 80 years. The suits are constructed from deadstock wools, unused fabric stored since it was produced in the 1950-60's – the glory days of New York City's textile trade.
The foundation of our jackets is created with a natural horse/camel hair canvas. On top of this base the exterior shell and lining are layered using over 1000 baste stitches to create a raw jacket. Then once the final jacket edges are finished; the basting is removed and all the parts float. Unlike most modern off the racks suits, which are typically fused with glue, a fully-canvassed suit will conform to owner's body overtime like a well worn pair of jeans.
Fine details finish each suit; such as the inner two-part lining of Bemberg uppers and lowers made of gossamer Swiss cotton which is slightly transparent to reveal the inner construction of the jacket like a Victorian veil. The button holes are also hand stitched and paired with hand-cut, polished ox horn buttons from Shantz, one of the oldest button makers in New England.