Eco-consciousness has returned to New York Fashion Week and its not all greenwash. Gone are tired 80s slogan t-shirts from the likes of Katharine Hamnett. John Bartlett really got to the heart of the issue, with a menswear line created entirely off-grid, using tools of days gone by like foot-pedal sewing machines. The collection, produced entirely in the United States, features hand-woven Italian fabrics, hand knitted, crocheted, stitched or machined garments, boxed in recycled packaging, and transported in vehicles running on biofuel.
With his thick brush of hair, round glasses, and toothy grin, Cincinnati-born Bartlett looks like he could be his own model. A Harvard sociology major who studied at the London School of Economics, Bartlett came out before he went to college, and his clothes often tease the uptight norms of menswear.
His slyly erotic vibe (tailored trousers that lace up the front like a football player
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