Custom Leather Trench Coat for Frank Donnelly

custom leather trench coat for Frank Donnelly

This custom leather trench coat was a rush job for NBC’s – “Law and Order: Organized Crime” series new character “Frank Donnelly” played by Denis Leary. It’s made up in a wonderfully distressed lambskin (sadly – this was the end of the stock), but I will be offering this style as MTO (Made-to-Order in standard […]

A Bespoke Leather Jacket fit for the Tropics

bespoke leather jacket for the tropics

This Bespoke leather jacket in a tropical weight was created for a client who spends a great deal of time in the Caribbean. It’s a combination of 2 very lightweight lambskins, one solid and one perforated.  He really wanted a jacket that would breath and be comfortable in the evenings.  He also was very conscious […]

Bridgerton + Leather + Brian Jones = New Peacock Revolution

Distressed leather Jacket Hybrid of Bridgerton++peacock Generation+ Brian Jones

It’s been exactly a year since lockdown in NYC.  People are tired, people are bored, we are simultaneously exhausted and raring to go…. Slowly things are starting to open up, and the nice weather is both teasing and chafing at us.  We’ve binged everything from Bridgerton – (a trope filled and formulaic Romance novel adaptation- […]

Bespoke Alligator Jacket – True City Armor

Bespoke Alligator Jacket by Carla Dawn Behrle NYC

This alligator jacket project was initially brought up to me over a year ago. It was something my client had been thinking about for an upcoming personal milestone.  And this year, in spite of-or perhaps because of,  all of the tribulations we have all been experiencing –  you only live once, after all…. He celebrated […]

Working in Alligator Skin – a Rare and Unique Process

working in alligator skin

I don’t get the opportunity to work in Alligator Skin too often, it’s a very special ask. Alligator skin is the priciest of the exotic skins and with good reason.  I read somewhere that it takes 4- 7 years for a farmed alligator to reach harvest size.  I can’t find the specifics I saw, but […]

A 5 piece Leather Suit – Full on Custom Made!

custom made mens leather suit -Carla Dawn Behrle NYC

This custom made mens leather suit  was created for one of my “big/tall” clients .  Mainly tall.  He’s about 6’5″ , perfectly proportioned, and a full on Leather Lover! He wanted a complete tailored suit ensemble, along with 2 shirts and a tie. The jacket, pants and tie are all made in our Mona Lisa […]

Men’s Bespoke Python Skin Jacket

mens python jacket, python skin jacket

This Men’s Python Jacket is perfect Luxe Casual! After the prolonged winter we’ve had here in the North East everyone is chomping at the bit to get out and enjoy any over 30 degree weather that’s coming their way.  It’s starting to warm up – and before we know it, it will be spring… Our […]

Recreating our Edwardian Leather Trench Coat in 2020

Edwardian Leather Trench Coat revisited in 2020

  I have a really good client who I’ve made several versions of this Edwardian leather trench coat for in the past.  The last one I made for him about 7 years ago. This leather trench coat has become is his trademark fall and winter outerwear and it says a lot to me that he […]

Retro Edwardian Trench Coat Revisited in 2020

cognac leather Retro Edwardian trench coat v.2020

  This is the 2020 version of a long leather coat I originally created for a client  a while back. I made a series of these Retro Edwardian styled coats for this same client between 2011-13.  This one is his 4th iteration of this coat.  The cut and style suits him so perfectly that it’s […]

Practical Luxe, in a Suede Field Jacket

bespoke suede field jacket

This Goat suede field jacket with safari detailing (pockets, epaulets, military- style buttons) is almost a hybrid between a jacket and a shirt, just due to its light weight.  The lower pockets and length lean it more into the jacket realm.  But it’s meant for everyday indoor and outdoor wear.  A professional / casual piece […]

Punch it up in a Bespoke Leather Car Coat

bespoke leather car coat

This bespoke leather car coat takes dapper to another level.  Made up in a rich, true olive, high gloss cowhide.  With subtle hardware details to notch it up. This style is classically based, drawing its inspiration from the lines and proportions of  a mod crombie coat.  (As in Mods vs. Rockers – with a teeny […]

Bespoke Leather Vests – One Style, 4 Great Looks

one of a series of bespoke leather vests, this one black leather lined in a heather grey merino suiting

Bespoke Leather Vests – One Style – 4 great looks! It’s not often I am asked to create multiple bespoke pieces simultaneously, but there is a benefit to multiples! I was asked to make a version of a client’s well loved and very well worn cashmere lined Ermenegildo Zegna‎ vest.  The original vest is no […]

Bespoke Leather Blazer – Look Sharp!

give the gift that always fits - example of a bespoke leather blazer

A leather blazer may seem like a “basic” but  personal fit, material and the little details elevate it to a forever classic. After the fit,  the details like the fine, smooth grained and glossy finished European lambskin, rich silk charmeuse lining, and small personal touches make all the difference. A bespoke leather blazer and an […]

Outlaw Python & Leather Shirt with Cordovan Lacing

Python and leather shirt

This python and leather shirt was a private commission,  and meant for both stage and street wear. It features detailing in a natural, belly cut, python skin with a semi-matte finish and cordovan lacing. To go with the very dark – but NOT black – natural markings of the snake, we chose a deep espresso […]

A Perfectly Tough Smoking Jacket

leather smoking jacket with motorcycle detailing

The Smoking Jacket aka Dinner Jacket aka Tuxedo Jacket… My client loves a classic smoking jacket (and really, who doesn’t?). For a long time he has dreamed of having one in leather.  So, for everyday wear, I created this toughened up version. He’s a big guy and while he loves the James Bond Look of […]

The Bespoke Pinstripe Suit – Elegance in Leather

bespoke pinstripe suit, in leather

The Bespoke Pinstripe Suit…Finished.   The Pinstripe Suit -This is our version, classically tailored, but with a twist. The suit is made in a fine , super glossy European lambskin, with a hand-guided  pinstripe stitch. A leather pinstripe suit is kind of a wonderful outlier, no? The lightweight glossy lambskin is the perfect base for […]

Making the Pinstripe Leather Suit – Bespoke Luxury

making a bespoke pinstripe leather suit

Making the Pinstripe Leather Suit This bespoke suit was ordered by an overseas client, who happens to be a real dresser! He saw these pants I did and asked if I could create a suit for him using the same technique. Since everything was done long distance, this pinstripe leather suit had a bit of […]

Super Hero Motorcycle Jacket

A superhero motorcycle jacket not YSL

This motorcycle jacket – is kinda inspired by a Superhero… I got a new client, basically because one well known luxury line can’t accommodate the truly discerning customer. (…well to be truthful, none of them do…) I got the call,  because after going to one of the YSL boutiques, here in the city,  specifically for […]

Noah Coat as Inspiration

A coat inspired by Darren Aronofsky's Noah

This ‘Noah’ coat was inspired by the distressed linen coat Russell Crowe wore in Darren Aronofsky’s 2014 Film.   This was a very unusual, very long distance request, coming from Abu Dhabi in the UAE.  When I was first contacted-honestly – I wasn’t quite sure it was for real!  But, this client had his heart […]

Leather Moto Suit in Olive with Jacquard Lining

leather moto suit

This leather moto suit was created for a genderqueer client of mine from the West Coast. They were inspired by their favorite nail polish – and I was able to find them an exact match in the deep olive green that they choose for the  suit.  Their lining choice is from a range of Gorgeous […]

Super Clean Café Racer with British Jacquard Lining

Café Racer Jacket lined with Skull Jacquard

A café racer jacket becomes a true classic when it has sleek lines, standout lining and a great fit. This leather jacket’s sleek cut really flatters my client’s great physic.  And while I am a big advocate for pockets (personally I can’t live without them)  I agree wholeheartedly with the client’s decision to keep this […]

The Tux Shirt – Formal, Not Formal – Forever

Bespoke leather & suede tuxedo shirt

My take on a classic tuxedo shirt created with a crispy paperweight leather and soft lambskin suede.  I am really loving how this tuxedo shirt came out! Rendered in a deep black lamb suede and a matte finished lambskin, it elevates the old standard tuxedo shirt into a modern, luxe obsession/fetish.  One that can be […]

Leather Café Racer – Custom Built for Speed!

leather cafe racer- custom made

A leather Café Racer jacket is classic and iconic. And, it can become a strong personal statement, especially when the fit, color and detailing all work together to suit the wearer.   Personally I am loving this café racer jacket in this unusual color combo.  It’s a really great midnight blue, in a gorgeous French […]

Men’s Custom Made Leather Jeans

Inlay and detail work on a pair of men's custom made leather jeans

Above are some examples of  our men’s custom made leather jeans….for some recent women’s styles go here. Having a pair of custom made leather jeans made is a much different process than going to a shop and trying on a pair of this season’s model. First of all, all production fashion is made up to […]

A Bespoke Leather Bomber Jacket- Reach for the Top

A bespoke leather bomber jacket

This bespoke leather bomber jacket was created for a client  who happens to be  an impressive and very well proportioned 6’5″ or so.  Basically,  he’s built like you’d imagine a viking would be – just transpose that viking to the top of the business world in NYC. He really needs to get all of his […]

Bespoke Tailored Jacket in Super Fine Leather

Bespoke Tailored Jacket in Super fine Leather

This bespoke tailored jacket was created  for a customer who is an entrepreneur, producer and philanthropist. He’s partial to Brioni,  but was put off by their price point when he inquired about a bespoke tailored leather jacket. (Well over $10,000.00 apparently.) Our client’s assistant came to us with the project.  He brought with him in […]

A Bespoke Leather Sweatshirt – Two Ways

This bespoke leather sweatshirt is better than classic, it’s lightweight, comfortable, moves with you and covers your bases (and climates) in style. I’ve made this leather sweatshirt in two different superfine, lightweight leathers. With a slight style variations, for 2 different clients. Since I source all leathers and components on an individual basis according to […]

A Custom Buffalo Hide Vest built for the Hunt

buffalo hide vest, buffalo vest, custom made

A Buffalo hide vest is an unusual request, being that this is NYC and I don’t think there are too many buffalo hunters here! Our gentleman came to us with his own hide, which we were able to accommodate, even though it was tanned for use as a rug. It’s not the ideal finish for […]

Nubuck Leather Carcoat

nubuck carcoat - custom made in NYC

This Nubuck carcoat is made in in a heavy weight velvety chocolate cowhide. Nubuck is great for rugged outerwear. Nubuck leather is a top grain hide that’s been sanded to give it a suede like finish. It is a much stronger leather than a traditional suede, in which the splitting of a hide creates the […]

Buckskin Leather Duster – refined & rugged

buckskin duster | leather Duster

This Buckskin Leather Duster will always remain unique… It’s the 2nd or third coat in this style that I’ve made for the client.  He’s very dapper and has a uniquely modern take on classic style.  So even though this coat is a sort of Edwardian inspired, retro  cut. It does not come off that way […]

A Modern Leather Shirt

bottle green leather shirt

This Modern leather shirt is based – very loosely – on a 1940’s men’s shirt that the client brought in.      The original shirt was in tatters, antique rayon does not have great longevity. But this new shirt will. The only element of the vintage 1940’s shirt that survived the translation and made it […]

Custom Cafe Racer Jacket

Mens custom made leather café racer jacket

This Cafe Racer jacket, is custom made in a substantial and heavy cowhide called “Neptune”.  It’s German tanned and well… the Germans  know their leather. Even though it’s a very heavy leather it’s still incredibly supple.  The depths of the black are quite warm lending an almost an espresso shade in certain light – it’s […]

A Leather Nehru Jacket – fit for a Bond Villain

Bespoke Leather Nehru Jacket - Made in NYC

This leather Nehru jacket is one I loved creating.  I call it SPECTRE, for James Bond’s global adversary in the quest for World Domination… I mean who wouldn’t want to take over the world in this jacket? Face it, somehow the villains always look the coolest.  The best tailoring, the sharpest style.  It’s why we’ve […]

A Slim Fit Leather Shirt – Rocker Luxe!

Slim fit Black leather shirt - Made-to-Order in NYC

A slim fit leather shirt, for the euro rocker in you! This slim fit leather shirt is inspired by the best stuff we can think of! – a little Euro-chic,  a little classic Western  &  a little bit Rock n’ Roll, add some Robert Palmer vibe &  give or take a nod to Daniel Craig’s […]

Bespoke Trucker Jacket with Leather Sleeves

Denim trucker jacket with leather sleeves

This denim trucker jacket with leather sleeves is a little bit of departure for us,  since the space right now is a little tight to regularly work in fabrics – past our linings and stretch technique – but it’s always good to flex up on disciplines. We are very happy with the results and our […]

Custom Made ‘Clint’ Pinstriped Leather Jeans.

Pinstriped leather jeans mens leather jeans

These Pinstriped leather jeans owe their inspiration to my love of Westerns… I’ve always loved Westerns, and the ones that inspire me run the gamut – from ‘Once upon a Time in the West’ (really, all the Spaghetti Westerns) & ‘The Unforgiven’ to ‘The Proposition’ to ‘The Good the Bad and the Weird’ – this […]

Tattooed Leather Jeans in Honey Gold

Tattooed Honey gold Custom Made leather jeans

This honey gold pair of tattooed leather jeans is the second we’ve created for a client who never owned a pair of leather jeans before he found us. I was very pleasantly surprised to get a request for jeans in a lighter shade in leather.  Since the most requested colors are invariably black & brown, […]

A Leather Jean Jacket with a Twist

Green Leather Trucker Jacket with Novelty Lining

We call the color of this leather jean jacket sage, but it could easily be olive – the kind used in a martini! The twist here is in the both the fit and the lining. Now you’ve got a classic that is both timeless, individual and very cool. A jacket that works over jeans or […]

Men’s leather vest with flame inlay & appliqué work

Men's leather vest with flame appliqué by Carla Dawn Behrle NYC

This men’s leather vest is meant to do double duty – stage and real life.  For a rock n’ roll icon, ‘natch! The original flame vest concept went thru minor changes – originally BR thought he wanted a subtler look so the original sketch was swatched with a grainy and smooth combo in black, the […]

A Custom Made Men’s Shearling Jacket

Mens shearling jacket - Custom Made in NYC

This Custom Made shearling jacket got finished just in time for the polar vortex we are now experiencing in NYC.   This custom made men’s shearling jacket got started very late in the season… the client came to me in October,  and it took quite some time to locate the shearling he wanted.  The way […]

An Edwardian Style Bespoke Leather Trench Coat

Edwardian style bespoke leather trench coat

This is the finished Edwardian Style leather trench coat. (I wish I could get more clients to send me photos in their leather but such is life!)   The coat is pretty classic but has a distinct period gentleman’s look – think The Avengers’ John Steed (with Patrick McNee– updated to today!) This bespoke leather trench […]

Men’s Tattooed Leather Jeans in Cognac

tattooed leather jeans

I’ve made several iterations of these tattooed leather jeans for my clients and this color combo is one of my favorites. I’ve done full length coats with Spinal tattoo work, and even long dresses and boleros…& really feel I  have only just scratched the surface of what can be imagined along these lines. These appliqués […]

Custom Made Leather Bootpants
Fulfilling a Fashion Fantasy

all-in-one leather bootpants

These custom made leather bootpants were created for Buzz Bissinger, who came to me with a dream… …along with some reference for the shape of the boot that he liked. The all-in-one leather bootpants he dreamed of were not going to be worn just for limited occasions.  He wanted to be able to wear them […]

A Tracy Morgan Stage Wear Creation

Leather stage wear for Tracy Morgan

I got a call one afternoon from a woman who’d found me online and said she was calling for Tracy Morgan…and I was immediately put on the line with his assistant, Kenny…   We are longtime fans of  ’30 rock’  here, so I got a little flustered & do a (phone) double take- and I have […]