The most valuable part Johnson Hartig said this day—after hello and a proposal of a drink—changed into that he doesn’t assemble to a theme. Normally that’s upright, he follows his passions and his witness. “There are doubtlessly 10,000 photos on my iPad that I secure,” he said. Dozens of them looked to comprise inspired a maximalist print on a red ground that featured a pirate’s bounty of Edwardian and Victorian pins laid over hand-painted Chinese wallpaper from the 17th-century. He weak it for pants, a bow-tied shirt, a coat, and a gratifying tent-fashioned quick puffer. The form changed into ladylike with “levity,” Hartig’s keyword for the season. Charming changed into the notice for a romantic print featuring a fortress in a misty woodland.
In Hartig’s universe, artwork and collectibles (enjoy Staffordshire dogs) vie for attention. A dot print looked to nod to the Damien Hirst that the designer has in his sequence. A floral per a blown-up cyanotype print had a graphic boldness within the manner of Donald Baechler. Text is a recurring Libertine trope, and this season it changed into partly inspired by the graphic assemble and lettering of Sister Carita, an artist and activist.
A few seasons within the past Hartig determined to get back to the canvas, because it were, and began to present solids in a luxurious four-ply silk. Many said this changed into counterintuitive, but he reports they are promoting effectively. For spring he added printed cotton pieces as one other new alternative for customers. Commercial in typical appears to be like to be to be booming; Libertine affords quite an expansion of pleasure for the buck, because it were.
For Hartig, beauty is an antidote to the upheaval of our times. His apparel pride now now not handiest with color and visual curiosity, but give maintain to pleasure. The beaded butterflies on a murky coat comprise antennas that recede into the air; beaded lady bugs (a image of honest fortune) are so dimensional they see enjoy they may be able to even honest fly away. A shapely man, Hartig feels keenly what’s happening on this planet. It’s now now not happenstance that he’s beaded a conventional French defense drive jacket with papillons; there’s a technique to his madness—and a message as effectively: “Give peace a probability.”