Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Ladies Who Lunch: John Bartlett Fall 2012!

It is no secret that I love fashion and shopping.  I am always on the hunt for the latest and greatest in both menswear and womenswear!  But sometimes the latest and greatest comes in the guise of an established designer that constantly evolves and continues to provide us with designs that are not only relevant, but are on the cutting edge of fashion.  John Bartlett is one of those designers.

With degrees from Harvard and FIT, John Bartlett jumped into the fashion world designing for Willi Smith and Ronaldus Shamask before launching his own collection in 1991.  John Bartlett’s menswear line introduced lace-up closures and leather trims into a period that was most known for minimalist design.  The fashion world sat up and took notice, awarding the designer two CFDA awards and numerous other awards.

John Bartlett is also an animal rights and welfare activist, using his designs to fund The Tiny Tim Rescue Fund, a non-profit created to support independent rescue groups across the country.  In addition, Mr. Bartlett has worked with the Humane Society of the United States, the North Shore Animal League and other animal rights organizations to champion for the welfare of all animals.

Utilizing a grant he earned from Lexus and tapping that same activist spirit, John Bartlett  presented the first Eco-Luxe, 100% cruelty-free menswear collection for Fall 2012.  The collection shows once again that Bartlett is above the curve and in step with what the modern man wants and needs in his wardrobe.  Not only am I excited about the eco-friendly and animal rights aspect of the collection, I found myself mentally adding pieces of the collection into my own wardrobe.  And since I am an extremely picky shopper and designer, that is no mean feat!

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