Making his mark on the fashion scene with a cheekiness usually not related to menswear, John Bartlett launched his own label in 1992 to shake up the monotonous minimalism of that era. Bartlett received two CFDA awards for his lace- and leather-filled collection and expanded his enormous success with his womenswear line in 1997. Bartlett saw a big decline in his brand in 2000 when his investors dropped out, and he received less than stellar reviews for his designs.
Although he shut down his company that year, he made a comeback in 2003 with a small collection shown at the Harvard Club. Today, Bartlett remains focused on the everyday American dresser. "I love all things American," he told Uinterview exclusively, "and like to interpret these all-American ideas for a sophisticated men's customer."
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I like Fashion Week. It is important to show a collection. It keeps my design process moving and keeps me on schedule.
I am in love with a double-breasted topcoat I did with horizontal gangster stripes.
I look at a lot of films and art exhibits and see what moves me.
No, I think this is a time for focus and individuality, not safety.
The Claiborne men's line did not have an archive per se. The women's has a legacy but the men's direction was left up to me.
A great-fitting sexy pair of jeans.
They wear their clothes too big and are hesitant to show off their physique.
I love all things American and like to interpret these all-American ideas for a sophisticated men's customer
It has definitely helped. People enjoy a thought process behind a design.
I live in the West Village and wanted to reach out to my community and create a more personal welcoming environment.