Beauty & Fashion

The Art Of Bespoke Leather

From Ancient Armor to the Iconic Motorcycle Jacket, Leather Clothing has had the Power to Provoke and Transform. Luxurious, Rebellious and Rugged, Modern Leather has become the Uniform of Socialites, Rock Stars and Motorcycle Gangs, Alike.

Carla Dawn Behrle is a NYC Fashion Designer who Takes Leather Beyond, Creating Exceptional, One-Of-a-Kind Pieces For Private Clients in NYC And Around The World.

Carla discovered her affinity for leather while working in costume design. She segued into fashion, taking with her a deep understanding of costume history and impeccable tailoring skills. Carla’s first venture, a women’s clubwear line called World Domination NYC, perfectly combined her love of leather and costume, gaining a worldwide reputation for its fit and quality. Soon after, she opened a retail shop under her own name and began taking on private commissions. Today, Carla Dawn Behrle is the undisputed expert in her field, specializing in bespoke leather garments for both men and women.

Carla s vision, attention to detail and unparalleled craftsmanship attract those at the very top of their game in finance, business and the entertainment industry. She’s created custom leatherwear for clients and celebrities ranging from Rolex to Sony Pictures (Men in Black III) to Bono and the Edge, Cyndi Lauper
and many more.

“People come to me wanting a piece that speaks to them, their lifestyle, their personality, their desires…” She says “Often they have just a concept or a detail they like. Maybe they dream of a long elegant jacket when everything out there is short and tight . Whether it’s a showpiece or a pair of pants for everyday wear—I take into account each client’s preferences, taste and personal style when designing a piece for them… it s a wonderfully collaborative process that helps my clients fulfill their dreams.

Carla Dawn Behrle’s intimate atelier is one of NYC’s hidden gems. Steps from the garment center, all the work is done right there, on premises.
Measurements are taken and initial patterns are hand-drafted. True to couture, these become the cotton “toiles” or “muslin” fitting garments, the framework to perfect and finetune the design and fit of your garment.
During the fitting phase, Carla guides you through a selection of beautiful and unique leathers, hand-chosen based on your vision and preferences, from classic leathers, suede and shearlings to the finest custom finished exotics like alligator and python. Other choices, like lining, hardware and trims will likewise run the gamut.
Once everything is finalized, all the elements come together in a hybrid of couture construction, tailoring and classical leatherwork techniques. The simplest jacket can have well over 60 hand-cut and assembled pieces. Hidden interior construction makes for a piece that fits impeccably—and lasts.

Instead of the many layers of markup that today’s mass-produced luxury items accrue, Carla s pieces are a true reflection of the care, fine materials and hand-craftsmanship that go into them.
The enthusiastic reviews her work has received say it all:
Author Buzz Bissinger, well-known leather fashionista, writes that while he owns pieces from Gucci, Versace, Jitrois, Burberry Pror≠sum, etc., “Carla Behrle is better than all of them, ten times more attentive and keeps working until the piece is perfect.”
Actress Mia Farrow raves that the handbag Carla created for her is “perfect,” “gorgeous and practical and uniquely suited to my needs.”
There is nothing quite like a leather garment that has been designed just for you and the personal statement of a truly one-of-a-kind, handcrafted garment.

Discover what Carla can do for you. To book an appointment, call 212-279-5626 or use the contact form on her website at



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