Famed designer and animal rights activist, John Bartlett discusses the importance of sustainability in the design industry as well as how sustainability led him to start the Tiny Tim Rescue Fund, a charitable organization that provides ongoing resources to animal rescue organizations.
Born and raised in Ohio, John Bartlett is a graduate of Harvard University and the Fashion Institute of Technology. He served as a designer for Willi Smith and Ronaldus Shamask before launching his eponymous “John Bartlett” collection in 1991. The designer officially launched his newest line “The Tiny Tim Collection” in the Fall of 2011. The collection was lovingly created to help raise funds for the designer’s nonprofit 501(c)3 animal rescue organization, “The Tiny Tim Rescue Fund” which helps support independent rescue groups across the country.
He has long championed the issues of animal rights and welfare. John started The Tiny Tim Rescue Fund, a charitable nonprofit organization to honor the memory of his three-legged pit bull rescue named Tiny Tim, to raise and distribute funds for animal rescue groups who pull innocent animals directly from high-kill shelters thereby saving the lives of countless dogs and cats. The money raised by the Tiny Tim Rescue Fund goes to providing these animals with the proper medical attention, training, affection, human interaction and foster parents they desperately need so that they will one day find a loving, forever home.
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