Fashion: The Anti-Calvin Is Here

Forget casual chic. John Bartlett wants men to get more outrageous when getting dressed

The American male is a difficult species to dress. He hates to shop. He considers it daringly fashion-forward to wear a deep blue shirt instead of a pale blue one. On casual Fridays, he may go nuts and slip on a pair of khakis. To most of his ilk, showing that you care about what you wear is European or effeminate, or both.

If anyone can change that, it's John Bartlett. The first American designer trained specifically in menswear who has attracted a significant following since Ralph Lauren, he's at the start of what critics and retailers are predicting will...

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