My Mission Is… is a podcast series cohosted by Mission’s founder Karina Givargisoff, and singer-songwriter of the U.K. band Texas, Sharleen Spiteri.
This week’s My Mission Is… podcast guest is John Bartlett. Both an animal right’s activist and acclaimed designer, John currently leads the fashion program at Marist College. Having worked in the fashion industry for more than 30 years, John has made a name for himself with his rugged take on classic American style. A graduate of Harvard University and the Fashion Institute of Technology, he has served as a designer for the likes of Will Smith and Ronaldus Shamask. In 1991, he launched his eponymous collection, which has led to him earning multiple CFDA awards, including the Swarovski Best Newcomer Award and Best Menswear Designer of the Year in 1997. In 2011, the designer launched the Tiny Tim collection to help raise funds for his nonprofit animal-rescue organization, The Tiny Tim Rescue Fund, which helps to support independent rescue groups across the country.
This week, John talks with Mission founder and editor-in-chief Karina Givargisoff about fashion’s fight towards sustainability, the future for young designers, as well as animal advocacy.