EXITING VPL: Victoria Bartlett is leaving VPL, the collection she founded in 2003, based on the concept of fusing undergarments and fashion pieces. The cheekily named VPL stands for “Visible Panty Line.” When Bartlett, a former stylist, launched the collection she was working with Jeffrey Costello. In 2006, Kikka Hanazawa came on as a business partner. She will continue to run VPL.
Bartlett declined to comment beyond a company-approved statement stating that she will “pursue new fashion endeavors and design projects. As VPL’s designer and creative director, she was responsible for design and development of VPL.”