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Like all creative types, designer John Bartlett has a muse. Unlike most of them, his is a dog. Bartlett adopted his three-legged sidekick, Tiny Tim, after the hound had its front-right leg amputated following a car accident. In need of a logo for his budding menswear line, Bartlett tried out a silhouette of Tim, and the design stuck. Now Bartlett’s West Village store sells a line of solid-color T-shirts printed with the image, and all the proceeds go to the North Shore Animal League, which saved Tim’s life. Tees aside, most of Bartlett’s collection has a preppy vibe, though with a twist: Think Italian-leather short-sleeve button-downs, yellow-and-brown seersucker slacks, and neckties with camouflage and barbed-wire motifs. Bartlett also spent a year in India, and the experience strongly influenced his style, as evidenced by items like the pinstriped Hadji wedding tunic, locally manufactured incense, and the lightweight, drawstring “Indian police pant.” The orchid-bedecked, scarred-wood-and-flagstone space is triangle-shaped and gets a little cramped toward the back corner, but Bartlett makes good use of his front-of-store area, where a tabletop display shows off a sampling of co-branded Mulholland leather wallets and small hip flasks.