Libertine, the fashion label founded and designed by collaborators Johnson Hartig and Cindy Greene, was launched in the fall of 2001. Inspired by images as diverse as Romantic literary icons, punk culture and Brooks Brothers, Hartig and Greens's bicoastal collaborations transformed vintage finds into high fashion for both men and women. One of a kind pieces, individually detailed with frayed seams and macabre graphics, created a sophisticated yet disheveled quality, which set the line apart from other labels. Neither Hartig nor Greene entered fashion in order to capture an existing market. They sought to fuse a popular tradition of wearable fashion with a historic iconography.
In 2005, Libertine decided to expand their aesthetic and professional concerns by producing their own garments. Inspired by the best vintage pieces from their previous collections, these designs offer a refinement of fit, fabric and design while staying true to their well-known image. Offering a modern interpretation of classic designs, this development has allowed Libertine to grow into a comprehensive design project.
In the autumn of 2009, Cindy Greene left Libertine to pursue other creative endeavors.