Each year, more than 9 billion chickens, 110 million pigs, and 35 million cows are slaughtered for food in the United States. Farm Sanctuary, the largest farm animal rescue and advocacy organization in North America, works to protect these creatures from the cruel treatment so many of them are forced to endure.
Now, CFDA award-winning fashion designer, vegan, and tireless animal advocate John Bartlett has joined forces with the organization to create a limited edition, capsule collection of tees called "The Ambassador Collection." From the sale of each tee, 10 percent of the proceeds will be donated to Farm Sanctuary.
The designer is no stranger to merging animal advocacy with fashion. In the fall of 2011, he launched The Tiny Tim Collection, a line created to help raise funds for the designer’s nonprofit animal-rescue organization, “The Tiny Tim Rescue Fund” which supports rescue groups across the country. He also debuted the first ever eco-luxe, 100 percent cruelty-free menswear collection at New York Fashion Week in February of 2012.
With the same minimal lines of The Tiny Tim Collection, the Ambassador Collection is comprised of black tees (in both ladies' and gents' sizes), each with the bleached profile of one of three iconic farm animals -- cow, pig, and chicken. The sleeves are marked with the corresponding statistic mentioned above, the number of each one of the species annually slaughtered for food.
They're cute, they're poignant, and your purchase will help the effort to create more humane lives for animals too commonly considered as commodities.
The collection launches August 6th. The tees retail for $40, available exclusively at www.johnbartlettny.com.