Designer Daily: John Bartlett
Apr 09, 2012 - by Jessica Lapidos
With male models smothered in mud and sailor stripes, cloaked in the Pendleton blankets of the 1800s, John Bartlett fused the little barbarian boys of "Lord of the Flies" with Steve Zissou's aquatic life for a chic longshoreman's collection. It also appeals to the eco-conscious, as John Bartlett has just taken the leap to make his company entirely cruelty-free. As a longtime vegan, this jump was "the best, most important, and simplest choice Ive ever made," he explained to Ecouterre. Bartlett now uses recycled materials, like his own blankets for the striped coats and ponchos, along with leather substitutes like ultrasuede. It's his first collection back after a couple years off the runway, he's been busy saving the animals; most notably his true love, dogs. How he jives his environmental and fashion loves into one.