Sexy Now: John Bartlett

12.4.2007

By Jim Franko

John Bartlett's masculine, minimal, sly, and sexy clothing made a big splash in the 1990s. Now the handsome designer has relaunched in a big way, opening his first flagship store in New York City's West Village, where he now also lives. The store will carry Bartlett's signature sportswear, made-to-measure clothing, and furnishings.

We pushed him to pin down his opinions on what's sexy now...

Jeans: Boot cut or straight leg. Not too tight unless you are under 18. Wear them a bit loose, gives better package!

Shoes: I wear old brown lace-up oxfords at work. Sneakers are only for the treadmill.

Fragrance: Only in the form of incense or candles. My favorite is John Bartlett 'Fireplace' scented candles.

Underwear: Wool/silk longjohns in winter and knitted jersey boxers in summer.

Cocktail: Super dirty martini, lots of olives, Ketel One

Restaurant or cuisine trend: My favorites in New York are Odeon, Caf' Luxembourg, and Florent. They haven't changed since I moved here 20 years ago, and I can still get a table any night of the week. I love it.

Watch or jewelry: I never wear a watch. My only jewelry is my black onyx Harvard class of '85 ring and my wedding band from Ted Meuhling.

Indulgence: Acupuncture and cupping from my favorite bodyworker-healer Irina.

Gadget: iPhone

Guilty pleasure TV show: I Love New York.

Book on your nightstand: The Grand Surprise: The Journals of Leo Lerman edited by Steven Pascal and The Worlds of Lincoln Kirstein by Martin Duberman

Musician: Joy Division and Eddie Vedder

Describe your personal style in three words: Ohio worker bee

Major influence: After Dark magazine from the '70s and Joseph Beuys

Beauty regimen: Standing on my head.

Tan? No Tan? Fake Tan? Fake-'n'-bake spray on, but maybe once a year.

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