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The John Bartlett boutique on Seventh Avenue South in the West Village has shuttered, as made evident not only by papered windows, but also by the lengthy letter written by Bartlett that's taped to the door. The Shophound noticed the closure, and reports that the letter explains that Bartlett will sell his line via his website, and will also continue to design menswear collections for the Bon-Ton Stores Inc.
The reason for the closure? Bartlett's always been a vocal animal-lover, and he wants to spend his time focusing on his new non-profit organization, the Tiny Tim Rescue Fund, named after the pup he rescued eight years ago who has since passed away. From now on, 10% of the profits from anything bought on the new John Bartlett online store will go toward Tiny Tim, which helps to fund independent animal rescue groups nationwide who remove animals from high-kill shelters and help find them homes.
· John Bartlett Departs [The Shophound]
· John Bartlett [Official Site]