Tuesday, June 28, 2011


There's vintage inspired clothing and then there's copy cat clothing.   Having said that, Christophe Loiron recently published his "Hall of Shame." 

"These people or companies are 86 here. Feel free to BOYCOTT them.

MISTER FREEDOM® is a Registered Trademark and all infringements will be prosecuted to the full extend of Intellectual Property Laws. If the law fails, the heavies will prevail.

This page will hopefully be update as seldom as possible, but Email christophe@misterfreedom.com should you run into one of those monkey businesses brilliant “creations”.

If you recognize your product in this list, come talk to me on your next visit to the store.

To all others, thank you for your support,
Christophe Loiron

The latest on the Hall of Shame"

There's an interesting story behind these RKJ boots.  After quite a bit of communication back with and forth with Christophe followed by a visit to Mister Freedom, the owner of Bow and Arrows in Osaka, Japan purchased five pairs of Road Champs in early 2010.  Shortly after, the RKJ boots were released.  Hardly a coincidence.  I dig Christophe's use of "First Cat" and "Copy Cat"

The photo of this conspicuous knock off was sent to Christophe from Belgium.  Making slight modifications doesn't make this right by any stretch.

I don't see how this can be considered a copy...is what I'd say if I were blind. 

1 comment:

  1. I really don't think you can complain about the engineer boot because it was designed so long ago. I understand that the Rykesville boot is a bit inspired by the Road Champs, but I can't really see too much similarities in the two, other than leather color (you can't copyright a color) and sole finishing. Everything else, including the last is different. Although the sweatshirt is obvious, the sweatshirt itself is not an original design. Neither is the flap pocket. If you takeaway one of the pockets on the evisu, then you don't have much of a case.

    The T-Shirt is a total bootleg, and that is the one that you can send a cease and desist for.