Leather hides are mainly selected from a locally sourced New York State tannery. I  combine hides together, looking for drape, shape, color compatibility and flow. I start the designs process by draping them on the body form. I add either tucks, pleats, or folds to create each cape.  All  are constructed on the dressmakers form with the use of rivets, eyelets, and hand sewing.    Embellishments  are added and can be in combinations of crystals, semi-precious stones, found objects, pearls, and various metals which are then hand sewn along the bottom of each piece. Also, I have added fur to many of my newer capes.

All capes, caplets,  collars, and cuffs are created one at a time.  I am constantly challenged to combine the hides together in ways that are appealing to the eye, structurally sound and most of all durable and wearable for many years to come.