Recession-Friendly “Claiborne by John Bartlett,” Arrives in Stores in Time for Father’s Day

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Pictured: Bartlett’s new lower-priced collection. (Photo: Courtesy of John Bartlett)

Just in time for Father’s Day fashionable gift giving, menswear designer John Bartlett has launched his first line with Liz Claiborne. His low-priced line is already selling in his New York West Village store. The collection includes lower-priced items, like a classic navy-blue jacket with utility pockets ($178) and a casual checked button-down shirt ($69.50), selling right alongside the designer’s runway collection, which retails for three times more (jackets are $625). If you live in New York and you stop by his store, you might actually see John there working the cash register and talking to his customers. As a very hands on designer, John is happy to be joining forces with Liz Clairborne. He says, “My goal is to create an enticing line at affordable prices that men will find irresistible. The Claiborne name has a strong legacy and I intend on honoring that while transforming the men’s line to address a great opportunity in the better men’s market.”

Pictured: The Cincinnati Kid: Designer John Bartlett at his store in New York.

I’m frequently asked by readers if there are any bargain lines for men, so it’s great to see this one hitting the stores. John Bartlett is from my hometown of Cincinnati and is an amazingly talented designer. His designs are classic and well made. With this line, John shows he’s also a good businessman who has his pulse on the market and is in tune with the tenure of the times. Hopefully, we’ll see more lines like Bartlett’s and Matthew Williamson’s H& M men’s line hitting the store racks. I have to let my favorite shopper 00o00 know about this one! Hopefully, Clairborne by John Bartlett will make it’s way across the pond. Click here to visit the collection online.
Click here for information about John’s store.

Since 2008, Mary Hall has been the author of The Recessionista Blog, which is read by thousands of regular readers in over 160 countries. An internationally recognized expert on the art of the living the good life for less, she has been a commentator on local, national, and international radio and TV shows. Her advice has been featured in over 2,000 media outlets, including The New York Times, Reuters, Life & Style magazine, ABC News, NBC News and now The Huffington Post, among many others.


  1. 00o00

    May 25, 2009 at 11:30 am

    sounds exciting!! is it available in london i’ll go check it out!

    i think there’s a claiborne store here but not sure if they do menswear


  2. Terry in the OC

    May 25, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    John Bartlett relaunched at an affordable price? That IS BIG news. I hope it comes to Macy's & Bloomies and is sold ONLINE TOO! 🙂

  3. LUXOR

    May 25, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    Posted in, Men’s Forum.
    The return of John Bartlett at a new, low price!!!

  4. Buy Candles

    May 26, 2009 at 8:19 am

    I am very excited with this blog and information as well. It has great information,Claiborne is a incredible store and mighty worthy to shopping.