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Designer John Bartlett takes over as Creative Director at Ghurka

Sep '05
Luxury division of Accessory Network Group (ANG), which also holds the license for Calvin Klein's accessories, Ghurka, announced designer John Bartlett appointed as its Creative Director.

Ghurka is a 30 year-old American luxury brand specializing in handcrafted leather goods and accessories.

It is managed by the Luxury Division of Reporting to Rosemary Martinek, General Manager and Senior Vice President of ANG's Luxury Division, Bartlett will oversee all aspects of product design for Ghurka men's and women's accessories as well as the overall image of the brand, including advertising, creative collateral and retail merchandising. Designers Management Agency (DMA) represented John Bartlett in this transaction.

"John Bartlett has always been inspired by all things American. It was important to find a designer who would understand and build upon the rich heritage of Ghurka to create a modern interpretation of this classic brand," says Abe Chehebar, CEO of ANG.

"John's creative vision will allow continuing current growth while positioning Ghurka into a true lifestyle brand, with expansion into new categories," he said.

"Ever since my days at Harvard in the 80's, I have been obsessed with Ghurka bags. They are the epitome of East Coast chic and one of the few original American brands that have maintained an authentic voice," says Bartlett.

"Abe Chehebar and Ken Landis could not be better partners for this endeavor and Ghurka will soon be THE luxury brand on the global scene."

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