BARTLETT’S QUOTATIONS: With the decision by Liz Claiborne Inc. to move the Liz Claiborne and Claiborne by John Bartlett labels exclusively to J.C. Penney and QVC, designer John Bartlett is exiting the company. He will stay on at Claiborne for a few more weeks to ensure a smooth transition of the brand, as well as put the finishing touches on the spring men’s line, the final collection helmed by Bartlett that will ship to retailers, including Bon-Ton. “It was wonderful working with Liz Claiborne, and I learned so much,” said Bartlett, who has won two CFDA men’s wear awards during his career. “I have a nice blank slate now to consider what I want to do moving forward.” The designer began work on the Claiborne by John Bartlett label in 2008, and he held a three-year contract with the company. Bartlett operates a small John Bartlett store in New York’s West Village, for which he produces a men’s wear collection under his own name. He does not wholesale the line but said he may work to expand the line to other retailers.
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