This Thursday, 11/15 marks the official launch of the sustainable f/w 12 “John Bartlett. Collection“.

This limited edition capsule collection is comprised of a hand-picked selection of John’s favorite pieces from his fall 2012 NYFW presentation.  Using materials like organic cotton and recycled cotton/poly blends the collection is both sustainable, cool and modern – but incorporates John’s love of classic American sportswear and all things masculine.

This collection embraces a more heroic sense of outdoor life, where the outdoorsmen do not simply consume or observe nature – they take action to defend it. The collection was the result of Bartlett’s Lexus/CFDA eco-fashion award, and in addition to drawing inspiration from exciting organic, recycled, and cruelty-free textiles, Bartlett drew upon many diverse works from “Lord of the Flies” to “The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou”.

According to the designer :

“I am especially excited about this launch! It communicates my commitment to an ‘eco-luxe’ design approach that marries compassion for the earth and animals with the signature sexiness of the JB man”.


Los Angeles was the scene for an historic fashion show this past weekend featuring visionary designers Victoria Bartlett, Kimberly Ovitz, John Bartlett, Charlotte Ronson, and Marc Bouwer. H-Couture, organized by The Humane Society of the United States, was co-hosted by Paul Wesley and Torrey DeVitto of “The Vampire Diaries,”  and featured both menswear and womenswear by designers focused on the future of fashion and who take a bold  and exciting stand against using fur. You can watch a stream of the show below:

John Bartlett Spring 2013

I attended the Spring 2013 John Bartlett runway show at New York Fashion week and considered running back-stage to steal a linen suit for myself.  As Bartlett describes, this collection is inspired by “the plant-based man” which reflects his own commitment to animals, veganism and sustainability. The entire collection is free of animal products typically used in menswear like leather, wool or silk, but seems to lack nothing. The tailored suits, rope belts, pleated pants, matching shirts and ties (a John Bartlett staple) and a soft palette of watermelon, avocado, and other flora all added up for a powerful collection perfect for sophisticated, cool and cognizant men.

Linen (otherwise known as flax) is the perfect spring and summer fabric because it’s light, it breathes, and you can wear a full suit without sweating to death. What’s even better is that linen is incredibly sustainable and, when compared to fibers like wool or cotton, it takes far less resources to grow and process.

I await this collection hitting stores as eagerly as I await seeing what he has planned for the Autumn/Winter 2013 collection.

John Bartlett Teams Up with Farm Sanctuary

CFDA award winning fashion designer, vegan and animal advocate John Bartlett has teamed up with Farm Sanctuary — North America’s largest and most effective farm animal rescue and protection organization — to create a capsule collection of tees (called “The Ambassador Collection”) that are both meaningful yet minimal. Models for this shoot were The Discerning Brute pals, the flawless Leanne Mai-Ly Hilgart of Vaute Couture and dreamy Bo Roberts.

The collection launches Monday, August 6th and retails for $40. It will be sold exclusively at  10% of the proceeds from the sale of each tee will be donated to Farm Sanctuary ( to fund the nonprofit’s lifesaving work on behalf of abused and neglected farm animals.

In keeping with the clean, minimal style style of Bartlett’s Tiny Tim Collection, the limited edition collection consists of three black tees (in both men’s and women’s sizes), each features a bleached silhouette of one of the three most recognizable farm animals in our country (a cow, chicken and pig). The tees also feature a cryptic and staggeringly large number, bleached onto the sleeve. This statistic represents the current number of animals (of the species featured on the shirt) slaughtered for food in this country each year – a number that will come as a surprise to many Americans.
The shocking numbers are as follows:
  • • 9,000,000,000 + chickens
  • • 110,500,000 + pigs
  • • 35,000,000 + cows

We hope that with this collection (and with your help) we can all do our part to help lower these numbers.

TAFA Fashion Panel

On Saturday, July 29th 2012 I had the honor of presenting alongside fashion icon and hero to animals John Bartlett, and Andrew Page, managing director of Wildlife at the Humane Society of the United States. The Taking Action for Animals conference is an annual conference held in Washington D.C. that provides people with opportunities to collaborate, learn, and take more effective action as animal advocates.

Our panel, “Fighting Fur From Within – Working With Designers and Retailers” — Fur Panel at Taking Action for Animals 2012 focused on challenging the fur industry from inside fashion culture. John Bartlett, now vegan, was once known for his leather designs and had even used fur in the past, shared insights and anecdotes from his involvement with CFDA to conversations he’s had with popular designers (who you’d be surprised to hear have serious qualms with the fur they use). Andrew provided facts, figures and the current laws governing international fur farming and trapping. Traps were passed around the audience. Confiscated samples of real fur were compared to the latest faux, and I spoke about the semiotics of animals in the fashion system. (for more info on my Fashion & Animals presentation, click here)