One of our favorite menswear designers, John Bartlett got a jump start on New York Fashion Week with his Claiborne by John Bartlett Spring 2010 presentation. This classic collection screamed color; bahama blue, mandarin, foliage, and petunia purple paired with grey, white, and navy. What we loved most about the collection was the comfort, fit, and very affordable price points. After three seasons, the brand remains youthful, fun, and fresh. JSD briefly spoke with Mr. Bartlett about this brand:
JSD: What was the process of creating the collection?
John Bartlett: I have a wonderful team that I work with, we start with fabrics. It’s like a puzzle, everything starts coming together. I pull images and look at movies. I love the beginning and the end. The beginning, conceptualizing and in the end, when I have all of the clothes together.
JSD: What inspired the Spring 2010 collection?
John Bartlett: The inspiration is very nautical, I was really inspired by the kids from New York Prep (The Bravo Show). I like their casual and classic look. I was also inspired by the film White Squall, which I love. The film was very 60s, the guys look beautiful, and it was on a boat. Those were some of the things I looked to for inspiration. On top of that, this brand is lots of colors and patterns, and then mixing the two.
JSD: What is the price range for some of the pieces?
John Bartlett: A big part of the inspiration is the price point. Everything is under $100, except for the blazers which are $149.
JSD: Who would be your target audience for the Spring season?
John Bartlett: Its a very big department store brand, but I would say a young urban dad.
JSD: What should every man invest in for Spring?
John Bartlett: Plaid shorts!