Asymmetric Shearling Coat

Asymmetric Shearling Coat based on a 2017 Givenchy Shearling coat

My client really, really wanted a re-creation of a Givenchy Shearling coat from about 5 years ago. So for this project I am more of a hired gun since this Asymmetric shearling coat is definitely not my design. I don’t like to “copy” per se.  It’s not that interesting to me.  For one,  people who […]

1990’s Fashion-Streetwear Style Rules-Leather done XL!

Modern streetwear style, based on 1990's fashion, oversized leather jacket- work-in-progresss

1990’s Fashion Redux in Streetwear Style.  Leather done XL and to be seen!  ( I’ll even admit to having made some of those original Jackets….but that’s another story) This is the Modern World now, so those outsized pieces are no longer relegated to just the guys.  Back in the actual 1990’s the only female artists […]

1 Perfectly Curvaceous Lambskin Jacket

Curvaceous lambskin jacket- Bespoke by Carla Dawn Behrle NYC

A Curvaceous lambskin Jacket, cut to hug curves!  A Shawl collared jacket is an eternal  classic – no matter whether it’s made up in leather, like this one, or tweed or denim. As such it needs to fit right – poor fit is the enemy of classic & the enemy of Leather- frankly it is […]

1970’s Leather Jacket vibes in Rich Calf Suede

1970's leather jacket inspired coat in topstitched calf suede

I love a 1970’s leather jacket vibe as much as anyone in fashion. Part of it, for me, is the way Leather, and leather working underwent a renaissance of sorts during the early 1970’s. Over the years I just keep coming back the details and treatments of that era that inspire me. (So much so […]

It’s a Great Day for a White Wedding – in Vegas, in Leather.

white wedding in leather, in vegas

A very good musician client of mine is having his Fantasy Wedding in Las Vegas next year.   With a very Rock n’ Roll Take on a White Wedding … and of course they are going to be married by Elvis!  Really, Who could resist?   He and his wife have commissioned me to create their […]

Womens Double Rider Jacket – Custom Made to Ride!

Womens Double Rider Leather Jacket- Custom Made by Carla Dawn Behrle

This jacket is more or less a classic double rider jacket.  It’s meant for the road.   My client is a real long distance rider, and she’s had the same, pretty standard, custom made jacket for many, many years.   She’s always dreamed of getting a more feminine jacket -and decided that now’s the time.  She […]

Tattooed Leather Coats

Celtic Heart Tattoo Leather Coat

These are two Tattooed Leather Coats I created a while back.  One was for a client in NYC and the other for a client in Malibu.      They had both fallen in love with my original  “Dark City” Coat, which I created using  several sample skins from an Artisan Tannery in Spain.  That coat […]

Creating a Custom Leather Jacket for Mariska Hargitay

Custom Leather Jacket for Mariska Hargitay - as Adjusted

Creating  a Custom Leather Jacket for Mariska Hargitay  (and SVU) You might know that from time to time I create stagewear and wardrobe pieces… this is very different from the regular custom made work I do.  Usually, there are very tight time constraints.  Fittings can be hard to accomplish – for a bunch of reasons […]

A Glitter Leather Bomber Coat

Glitter leather bomber coat with patent leather ribbing

This Glitter leather Bomber coat makes those cold winter days Shine!     This “Glitter Bomb” is another piece that was really inspired by the leather. I sourced this glittery leather a long time back,  from a company that used to get the close out goods from the Couture Houses in Europe, quite a bit […]

Hair-on-Calfskin Jacket-1970’s Style redux

Making a Bespoke hair-on-calfskin jacket

I  designed this Empire Cut Hair-On-Calfskin jacket inspired by the wonderful skins I was able to source.  And by a healthy dose of  1970’s boho / rock style. To this day our love for 1970’s fashion endures. So many elements of 70’s fashion remain relevant today.  Interestingly a lot of  1970’s fashion was influenced by […]

Power Dressing in a Ruched Leather Dress

Ruched Leather Dress - On the client

Ruching and Leather – Perfect together. This curvy, ruched leather dress kinda brings me back to when I first started to design and make things.  I was a kid when I first started designing, and my first “customer” was my Sister. While I was very petite and skinny, my sister was everything I wanted to […]

A Perfect Glossy Lambskin Coat for Spring!

long leather coat, lambskin coat, custom made leather

This is the perfect Glossy Lambskin Coat for Spring. I have a great client in SC That I’ve been doing custom work for for probably close to 10 years. She and her husband love clean and classic looks and this lambskin coat is  my latest project for them!  It’s a slightly more classic and longer […]

Moderne-Retro Motorcycle Jacket

retro motorcycle jacket|longline moto jacket

This long-line retro motorcycle jacket is inspired by the sleek silhouettes of the past. This retro motorcycle jacket evokes vintage racer jackets of the 1930’s through the 1960’s. The retro, op-art silk lining is what I designed this moto jacket around. I wanted a Luxe-everyday feel and was not initially planning a MC style.  But […]

Multi-Season Leather = 4 Season Style

Multi-Season Leather

These Multi-Season leather pieces are made in the same very lightweight espresso lambskin that this skirt was made in. The client liked the skins so much that I purchased all that were available for her.  I think there is one skin left, (enough for a hat maybe?)  With the scraps I may be able to […]

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 […]

Tree of Life Leather Jacket

Tree of Life leather jacket with design on back

The Tree of Life leather jacket The name for this jacket came to me mid-way thru the appliqué.  As soon as I realized a root system was forming within my flame inspired tattooing on this piece!  The mask also fits into that theme.  I did not plan either of these elements, because I like to […]

A Curvaceous Panniered Mini Skirt

panniered leather mini skirt

This panniered leather mini skirt has a standout shape.   The gently sculpted hip of this panniered mini skirt is supported by a silk organdy and nylon under layer (similar to techniques used in 1950’s couture) and filled out with delicately pleated ruffles in layers. The skirt is almost as light as a feather! The gentle […]

Our Favorite Womens Leather Pants Silhouette – Right Now!

womens leather pants in washed brown lambskin

This is our favorite womens leather pants silhouette right now!  (And, I think for a long time to come.) These leather pants are high waisted (natural waist level), body skimming, tapered and ankle cropped & great to cuff!  Not too tight, not too loose, but JUST RIGHT! These two pairs were made for a client […]

Longline Café Racer – femme, curvy & strong

Feminine Leather Racer Jacket

For this take on a café racer jacket,  My client had way too many reference ideas – not for me, but for her! She knew she wanted a feminized version of a racer jacket but had a lot of conflicting reference.  Focus was hard – too many choices or ideas can make things harder. I […]

Wedding Dresses- My Unconventional Gateway into Leather

Alternative Weddings-leather and other wedding dresses

Wedding dresses – why am I writing a post about wedding dresses when I do leather? Well, I have quite a bit of history with weddings, dresses and otherwise!  In fact making wedding dresses and gowns is almost how I started my business.  Sadly, I don’t have any photos of some of my favorites – […]

Bespoke Leather Fun at NYC ComicCon!

Jillian Hite as Off Girl As a kid,  I was obsessed with costumes. From about 11 on I spent a lot of time as a kid making costumes for my sister. These were for the early Star Trek Conventions,  Comic Cons and Red Sonja Cons.  Usually we’d crash them – we were broke. We’d bring […]

Craftsmanship, it’s what we do….

craftsmanship-in a cutwork leather tunic

Craftsmanship no longer appears in any but the most expensive garments today, and with good reason- the labor is skill intensive and highly time consuming. It takes real skill to create a beautifully made and fitted garment, so it’s become a rarity in RTW, reserved only for the upper echelon price points. But aside from […]

Revisiting my “Homage” Swan Jacket

My east west musical instruments homage

A few weeks ago I realized I had to do inventory –  my studio is very compact and everything is packed away very tightly.  As a result, every time I had to locate something the entire studio would get torn apart!  Had to do something about that. So while digging thru and counting the skins that have […]

Classic Cool LBJ…Little Black (Leather) Jacket

little black leather jacket

The little black leather jacket,  what could be more wearable?  Our new client came by with her favorite… Sadly, the jacket had been solidly wrecked in dry cleaning. Left limp, lifeless, dulled out and more than a bit raggy. She asked if it could be recreated  – it’s not something I like to do,  but […]

Our Stretch Leather Top seen In Milano!

our stretch leather top in green metallic hand-painted calfskin

This is a stretch leather top we recently created for a client who fell in love with the leather used in our “Ayesha” Dress. First, she tried on our Giselle stretch leather top. But, since she lives in warmer climes she opted on a modified version of the style, with 3/4 Sleeves. Luckily, we had […]

Leather Rock Star, NYC’s Own, Margo Manhattan

Leather Stagewear for Rock Star Margo Manhattan

We’ve created unique leather garments for many notable people, but one of our favorite and most ongoing collaborations has been with one of NYC’s own homegrown Rockstars, Margo Manhattan. Margo Manhattan is a jewelry designer extraordinaire, who has recently teamed up with HSN to bring her edgy Rock Star worthy jewelry designs to a broader […]

A Classic Longline Leather Jacket in Rich Baby Calfskin

Longline leather Jacket in Rich Baby Calfskin

This classic longline leather jacket was created for a client who was frustrated with the lack of choice available in off-the-rack RTW. She was sick of  finding nothing but short hip length jackets, invariably with zippers or sporty details.  She wanted something classic and elegant, and had a found a photo of a young Winona […]

A Luxurious Patent Rabbit Fur Jacket

Patent Rabbit Fur Jacket- details

A Luxurious Patent Rabbit Fur Jacket: featuring an oversized hood with bold satin zippers and a vintage buckle. This Après Ski Style Jacket is made from custom finished Spanish rabbit fur. Now, you may not know it, but Spanish rabbit is the finest rabbit fur available.  So the origin of these skins is Spain. However, […]

Bespoke Coat with Cordovan Lacing and Sterling Buttons

bespoke coat with cordovan lacing and sterling silver buttons

This Bespoke Coat features Cordovan Lacing and Custom designed and cast Sterling Silver Buttons.     This couture-crafted Bespoke coat is made of the finest French domestic Lambskin. The lacing is a different, slightly stiffer and smoother glossy skin. Giving the lacing on this coat a subtle contrast. The additional body on the lacing also […]

A Leather Wedding Dress – pearlescent!

Pearlescent champagne Leather wedding Dress - neckline detail

A Leather wedding dress is a very special request and doesn’t come by often.  I have done only a few leather wedding dresses over the years and they are usually on the more alternative side.  Ranging  from the Gothic – a black suede &  leather wedding dress – to the historic…a silent film inspired one. […]

Leather Evening Wear – Standout with Power

Leather evening wear, leather evening gown, leather evening dress

Leather Evening wear for Margo Manhattan Over the last few Months we’ve had the great pleasure of working with one of NYC’s Premier Jewelery Designers, Margo Manhattan. She designs very bold and feminine jewelry with a strong Rock n’Roll vibe. Her Luxury line is featured in her namesake shop  (formerly at 88th and Madison, now […]

An Everyday Luxe Alligator Vest

Alligator Vest on a Model

  This baby alligator vest brings to mind this quote by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:   “ In character, in manners, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity. ” Simple can be deceptive in what it takes to achieve … from the design and the fit – to the creation of the skins, […]

Patriotic – Red, White & Blue Leather Vest!

patriotic vest buckcherry tour

This Patriotic leather vest and bra top was commissioned by the MC of a Rock’n Roll tour honoring returning Iraq Veterans and featuring the band Buckcherry.  Because of this.  both these pieces were made out of the purest shades of red, white and blue lambskin that we could find.  It’s such a great combo, whether in […]

Hair-on-Calfskin Leopard Coat

Leopard print Hair-on-Calfskin trapeze coat-with removable cuffs

This ‘faux’ leopard coat is made of a beautifully printed hair-on calfskin. To me the pattern of the leather demanded a somewhat elegant treatment but I wanted to keep it fun and wearable as well. So, this  leopard coat,  was really driven by the wonderful print on the silky calfskin.  I decided to echo the […]

Ariadne, a Couture Python skin jacket

couture women's python skin jacket by Carla Dawn Behrle NYC

Curved & Sculpted, this women’s couture python skin jacket features the dramatic over-sized belly scales of the natural python skins used.     Wild skins are heavier, and much larger than the farmed snake skins used in most garments today, and I made full use of that body to create and hold the shape of […]

Costumes for Cyndi Lauper

Costumes for Cyndi Lauper

  This is a costume we created for Cyndi Lauper for her “Dressed to Kill” tour with Cher. It was a real pleasure to get to work with a true Musical Icon – (not to mention, one who really informed my own musical tastes!)  These kind of projects are often very rushed but working together […]

Nicole Scherzinger in Men in Black 3

Nicole Scherzinger in our leather dress in MIB3

Our leather “Lily” dress featured on Nicole Scherzinger in MIB3. We were thrilled to be asked to create the leather dress worn by the villain, Lily Poison,  in Men in Black 3 aka MIB3. Even better,  was that the costume designer chose one of our original designs!   Which was very helpful when we had […]