John Bartlett for the Bon-Ton, Autumn 2011

Ohio-bred designer John Bartlett is considered one of the token nice guys of men’s wear. His collections, like the designer himself, add unexpected signs of cheer to the American sportswear landscape. Never without a smile (or a plaid shirt), Bartlett was on-hand this week at New York’s Ace Hotel to present his latest collaboration with regional department store the Bon-Ton, which hits stores this fall. Like his eponymous collection and his collaboration with Claiborne, the new line combines elements of Ivy League pedigree with the masculine influences of military and working uniforms. Argyle and other collegiate pieces were shown paired with lumberjack plaid and accent colors like safety orange and purple. Highlights included the textural and richly colored outerwear and the fitted yet relaxed tailoring — all echoing Bartlett’s celebrated, rugged take on the man’s everyday wardrobe.

by Nic Screws