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Designer of the Year Is Leather-Free

Written by PETA | May 28, 2010

Congratulations to white-hot menswear designer John Bartlett, who just received the American Image Award for Designer of the Year from the American Apparel & Footwear Association. This trendsetting designer is as notable for his compassion as he is for his clothing—he recently announced that he has gone vegan and that the collection that he showed in February will be his last to include leather!

As Bartlett explained, “After working in the fashion industry for over 15 years, I have had a recent awakening of sorts and am committed going forward to discontinue all use of leather. I am very alarmed by the recent resurgence of fur on the runways and will be reaching out to my colleagues about the realities of this horrific aspect of our industry. I am presently working to develop a vegan shoe and accessory line and have gone vegan after discovering the devastating state of factory farming.”

And if that’s not enough to make you a fan, consider this: When asked by an interviewer what he would do if he weren’t a designer, he said he thought that he would be working with dogs in animal shelters. Awwww. Way to go, John!

Written by Jeff Mackey

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  • Stephanie says:

    he rocks! and on top of everything his designs are awesome!!

  • Kim says:

    That is AWESOME!! Congratulations to you on going Vegan for making a new line Free of Fur Leather!!

  • Alexandra D. says:

    I sent an email to Mr. John Bartlett thanking him for his kindness. You can find his email at his website just click the link in the article’s text. I urge everyone to send him a kind thank you note to show that we as Peta members support 100 those caring people who put the interests of animals before their cloths and their stomachs.

  • sabrina says:

    John Bartlett thank you for being the designer we’ve been waiting for! Spread the word you can have such a huge impact on the fashion industry. Lots of love to you and continued success!!!!!!!!!

  • Maria Elena Bernal says:

    This is amazing and inspiring to read about. I am a fashion design major in SF Ca and my future clothing line will also me cruelty free yet beautiful and sexy for all women. I hope to make a difference in the fashion industry and this will be my main goal in my mission statement. Congratulations Mr. John Bartlett and much more success!!! God bless you in all you do!

  • Cindy Weatherby says:

    Congratulations John Bartlett! It’s nice to see good things happening for good people.

  • roxanne says:

    wow what a beautiful man. I am so proud.

  • Melinda says:

    Wow this guy really rocks! Thanks PETA for bringing this to our attention! If I ever can afford designer clothes I’ll know who to patronize.

  • lisa says:

    Way to go wish all designers felt them the samei dont wear snything made of fur or leather theres not many designers or companies in the UK that dont so as i am from the UK i usually buy myself and my families shoes from vegan sites based in the Us from the internet.

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