BARTLETT TO SKIP FALL WOMEN’S
Byline: Leonard McCants
NEW YORK — John Bartlett has opted to take the fall season off and will not produce a women’s collection while he negotiates terms with potential financial partners to back the women’s line.
Bartlett will show his men’s fall collection in his studio during Fashion Week and will ship the women’s spring collection, he said.
“At the end of the day, in order to produce the collection properly, we need to find the right financial and creative partner to do what we have to do,” Bartlett said. “The business has grown so much it was too big of a chance to do it half heartedly.”
He said he has been in talks with two Italian companies, but they would not be able to support his business until the fall 2002 season. He declined to name them, citing continuing negotiations.
Bartlett said he still anticipates producing a spring 2002 women’s collection, but he indicated that a deal with those companies is not imminent and he is still “open to lots of possibilities and is being as flexible as I can.”
A deal could range from a licensing agreement to a joint venture, Bartlett said, noting a timetable for a contract has not yet been decided upon.
“At this point, I want to keep things as simple as I can,” he said. “It boils down to control of distribution and production and that’s why it’s so important to have the right partner.”
Separately, Bartlett said, he is close to inking an agreement with an undisclosed Italian company to license his men’s wear line.