Bartlett & Carlton, Margiela & Stipe

Designer collaborations have been sprouting up left and right at an inconceivably rapid rate. But there are two newbies on board the bandwagon that definitely warrant a moment of pause and consideration. First up is the powerhouse duo of John Bartlett and Alex Carlton. Each is a revered men’s wear designer in his own right — the former is best known for his namesake line and for a time heading up Liz Claiborne, while the latter co-founded Rogues Gallery and is the new creative director of L.L. Bean. The collaboration, which according to Women’s Wear Daily will be “called Rogues Gallery/John Bartlett (RG/JB), which will launch in December at the John Bartlett store in Greenwich Village,” will include “Rogues Gallery’s signature vintage Ts, a distressed pique polo shirt, an overdyed black union suit and New England-inspired accessories.” Also to be expected: handcrafted leather goods from a gym bag to a leather log and “assortment of bankers’ envelopes.”

Meanwhile, REM frontman Michael Stipe is getting into the design game thanks to a collaboration with Maison Martin Margiela. For the latter, Stipe has designed a limited edition mini-cassette tape accessory that can be worn a number of ways (ahem, convertible clothing). “Continuing where Stipes’ first sculptures (his cast bronze Polaroids, exhibited in New York at Rogan) left off, the piece is part accessory, part object d’art, and comes equipped with an unraveled tape that serves as a chain,” says Hint. Whether it’s a “a necklace? Bracelet? Knuckle duster? Eyepatch?” is up to the wearer that’s lucky enough to land one of the 199 pieces available soon at Margiela boutiques and select stores.

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