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Last night we joined John Bartlett and his friends and fans in celebrating the launch of his second collaboration with Alex Carleton of Maine's Rogues Gallery. Like last time, the party was held in Bartlett's eponymous West Village boutique. Also like last time, Rogue's Gallery/John Bartlett's collection of screen-printed tees, tanks, totes and pouches were enjoying brisk sales and the space was jam-packed. Unlike last time, however, balmy spring weather allowed revelers to take their beers and bubbly to the sidewalk outside, lending the launch the aura of a summer block party populated by tons of very well-dressed men.
This go-around, the graphics were borrowed from a series of actual bathhouses from exotic locales including Greece, Italy, and Egypt. And rather than line drawings of bears, the boys chose screen prints of assorted birds of prey. We didn't see any pique or leather this time, but the selection of printed tees have been expanded to include (Hey, summer!) tanks and sleeveless options ($50 to $75). Rounding out—and sharing imagery with—the tops were canvas totes, sleeves, pouches, and envelopes ($30 to $70). Basically, everything is as cute and wearable as the prices are friendly.
We were hoping Bartlett would be greeting guests and indeed he was, smiling as usual and wearing one of those new sleeveless collaboration tees in white.
· Hangover Observations: The West Village Launch of Rogue's Gallery/John Bartlett [Racked NY]