Alex Carleton

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Alex Carleton is an American clothing and home-goods designer. He was the founder of Rogues Gallery and was the creative director of an L.L.Bean capsule brand, L.L.Bean Signature. He is currently creative director of Filson.[1]

Early life[edit]

Carleton grew up on Cape Cod and attended the Cambridge School in Weston, MA as well as Sarah Lawrence College.[2]


After working for a short time in a Boston furniture repair shop, Carleton began his design career in New York at Polo Ralph Lauren where he was a senior designer. He did design and branding for Abercrombie & Fitch. He moved to Maine in 1999.[3]

Carleton started Rogues Gallery in 2003 as a side project while he was working for L.L.Bean.[4] Rogues Gallery's T-shirts pioneered the trend toward highly designed graphic T-shirts and were quickly noted in the pages of Vogue and eventually on a number of celebrity clients.[5][6] The Rogues Gallery store and website have since been closed.

Carleton was nominated for GQ designer of the year in 2009.[7] That same year he began working on developing the new L.L.Bean Signature line.[8][9] He subsequently opened a small boutique art and antiques gallery on Cape Cod called Foc'sle.[10][11] His arrangement with L.L.Bean ended in 2013, and, soon after, he moved to Filson.


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  3. ^ Patner, Josh (29 September 2008). "America: Conquerer [sic] of the Global Menswear Market". Time Magazine. Retrieved 8 February 2012. 
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  6. ^ Mraz, Michael. "Sea Worthy". Men's Vogue. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  7. ^ "Best New Designers in America". GQ. Retrieved 8 February 2012. 
  8. ^ Wilson, Eric (20 August 2009). "L.L.Bean Tries on a New Look". New York Times. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  9. ^ "A New Look at New England: L.L.Bean Launches Its Signature Collection". Vogue. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  10. ^ Stephen, Watson. "Rogues Gallery Founder and L.L.Bean Creative Director Introduces His Latest Project". The Fashion Source. Archived from the original on 20 February 2012. Retrieved 8 February 2012. 
  11. ^ Foster, Pacey. "Foc'sle in Provincetown Mass". A Restless Transplant. Archived from the original on 26 May 2012. Retrieved 8 February 2012.