Born and raised in Ohio, John Bartlett is a graduate of Harvard University and the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). He served as a designer for Willi Smith and Ronaldus Shamask before launching his eponymous “John Bartlett” collection in 1991. The designer officially launched his newest line “The Tiny Tim Collection” in the Fall of 2011. The collection was lovingly created to help raise funds for the designer’s nonprofit 501(c)3 animal-rescue organization, “The Tiny Tim Rescue Fund” which helps support independent rescue groups across the country.
Bartlett is also in partnership with The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. where he designs “John Bartlett Consensus” and “John Bartlett Statements”. The two collections offer all components of a man’s wardrobe including sportswear, tailored clothing, underwear, lounge-wear and accessories. The collaboration with Bon-Ton also includes a collection very near to his heart: “John Bartlett Pet.”
He has long championed the issues of animal rights and welfare. Bartlett has worked alongside the Humane Society of the United States, the North Shore Animal League and other animal rights organizations helping to raise awareness and spread the message of compassion. Bartlett has personified his personal passions for animal welfare into the logo for his all of his collections: his beloved three-legged rescue dog, Tiny Tim.
Bartlett’s signature style embraces a rugged American authenticity that has earned him two Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) awards: the ‘Swarovski Best Newcomer Award’ and ‘Best Menswear Designer of the Year’ in 1997. In 2010 the designer was again honored, this time by the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) who named Bartlett ‘Designer of the Year’. In September of 2011 the designer was chosen as a winner of the ‘CFDA/Lexus Eco Fashion Award’ and made Fashion-Week history with the debut of the first ever eco-luxe, 100% cruelty-free menswear collection at New York Fashion Week in February of 2012.