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    Posted: 12 Nov 2015 at 8:37am
Freewheelers (and Bootleggers Reunion) are a well known brand here on Denimbro.
 
Their back catalog is extensive and extremely varied so with mr randal's kind permission (and help in restoring the Brand Archives sub-forum) I am hoping to document Freewheelers productions from their beginning to current designs.
 
Ultimately my goal is to produce a reference 'book' for all those interested in the brand. In terms of practicalities and with a mind to imposing some level of control it may be that the output will be split amongst the various Freewheelers sub-brands, with a focus on major items (Coats, jackets, shirts trousers etc.) - with smaller pieces such as t-shirts, gloves, headwear and so playing a lesser part. All this though is in a state of flux and will be shaped by both time and available information constraints.
 
I would be very grateful for any assistance, and this is a major reason behind having this archive thread - it should be a place used as a depository for any pertinent information, suggestions and guidance. But please use the Freewheelers thread in the Brand forum to discuss current events and for posting fit pics and the like.
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Without wanting to constrain myself to a design too early I do still want to demonstrate pictorially the type of output I'd like to achieve. The style used here perhaps could be considered to represent the era of the clothing being shown. Similarly for different eras, as is how Freewheelers like to categorise things, it might be fun to design a style befitting each period and sub-divide the catalog in that manner.
 
 
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My commitment to this project hasn't been forgotten and when time has been available I've been collating information and images of various sorts.
 
All of this, the birth and evolution of the Company, the persons involved, the products and their background will appear in some form in the 'catalogue' but in the meantime I'll add some bits and pieces here to demonstrate some progress and to hopefully gain some feedback/comment/direction AND extra knowledge.
 
Some of you Bros must know something of interest that should be included - don't be modest ...
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So here's some Lot601XX.
 
This is the 1947 cut Lot 1 ... there were 2 Lots of the original Freewheelers issue. Check your tags is you've owned these:
 
 
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And this is the 1947 cut Lot 2
 
 
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Lot 601XX 1939 cut
 
 
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Lot 601XX 1951 cut
 
 
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Another snippet of information that will be edited into the catalogue - the product tag demystified ...



Most of the information should self explanatory - the product name, era of inspiration, colour etc and of course the sub-brand assuming here that most folk know Freewheelers divide their catalogue into a number of sub-brands to 'frame' the period and style of their clothing. I will come back to those brands in another post, but for the moment I want to explain the Lot Number.

Since 2010, the Lot Number has comprised of 7 digits - prior to then it was 6 digits. The breakdown is as follows:

First two digits denote the year of production - e.g. 2016 lot numbers will commence '16' (2009 was merely '9' and not '09' hence six digit lot numbers prior to 2010)

The third digit represents the 'season'. There are 4 categories represented thus:

1 = Permanent Product
2 = Spring/Summer
3 = Fall/Winter
4 = Special Issue

The fourth digit represents the product type. There are 8 categories in this section:

1 = Jackets, Coats (which also includes vests and leather products generally)
2 = Pants/trousers
3 = Shirts
4 = Sweatshirts and associated products
5 = T-shirts (all sleeve lengths generally)
6 = Knitwear
7 = Dry Goods (hats, caps etc.)
8 = Special Issue

The last three digits are simply the item number in that particular collection.

So using the tag above you can see that this is a Jacket from the 2010 fall/winter collection - referenced as item number 8 in the product line-up.

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