Words by Sable Sweeper
Mickey Freeman takes a different approach to men’s fashion as he helms a liberation movement. His utility kilt line “FreeMen by Mickey” personifies that as it pushes the envelope to give men other clothing options. Freeman is also a celebrity fashion stylist.
What would like to see in men’s fashion in the future?
First, we have to try to change the culture. When you think about retail they’re not going to sell something they think is not going to sell. Not only is “FreeMen by Mickey” a line of fashion it’s also a conversation starter. Most men are not open to wearing kilt so I’m trying to redefine the masculine silhouette.
What is one of your greatest accomplishments in fashion?
It would be having my line seen in Portugal. Also there was an interview on my line the Black Enterprise. Those were pretty cool.
What would you say is your biggest challenge in the industry?
People really not getting the vision. It’s really disheartening to have a movement that’s symbolizes something that’s supposed to open minds and represent freedom and in 2017 for people to still have those closed minds it’s disheartening. But the movement must go on. This brand is inspired by history but it’s propelled by the future.
As a fashion stylist who have been some of your favorite people to work with?
Right now my favorite and my muse is Elle Varner. I’m currently working with her she has some really big things coming up. Stay tuned.
What’s coming up for you?
My new line “The Worm Hole” which is a play on time travel will be featured in this year’s Men’s New York Fashion week in July. You can find out more at Freemanbymickey.com