Alpaca and Leather Moto Jacket

Unlike your average made-to-measure tailor, we specialize in pieces that are utterly unique.Alpaca Mens Jacket
Clients often come to us wanting pieces that no one else will cut and tailor—from sportswear to vintage-style formalwear.

We make pieces in materials that are too difficult and different for other places to sew.Alpaca Moto Jacket

And tailor styles that other shops can’t or won’t tailor, going far beyond your basic suit or blazer.

We make pieces that are right on the cutting edge of fashion—-or steeped in hundreds of years of history.

The pictures show a custom moto jacket cut from luxurious suede and long hair alpaca.

Leather Collar Alpaca Collar
It is a true heritage style piece that is utterly American in its sportswear influences.

Wooden buttons, corduroy pants, and a corduroy hat complete the outfit.

Overall, the look has a breathtaking amount of texture that sets it apart from store bought clothing.

When you purchase bespoke clothing, you also have the opportunity to build a look that draws on a much more sophisticated color palette than you can find in the shops.

No mass produced brand is going to risk making 50,000 pieces in something like this pale acid green color.

But when it is just for you, there is no risk in choosing a color that perfectly matches the color of your eyes, for example.

Custom Corduroy Hat FedoraWe also are one of the only tailors in the world that offers handsewn buckram and wire frame hats.Cock Feathers Fedora

These hats take about 10 hours each to hand-craft and can be made in the exact size, shape, and materials that compliment your features and style.

Every year, we make pieces for clients all over the world.

Once you contact us, we start sketching and sending you ideas until we get the design perfect.

Then we begin sourcing materials for your piece from one of the many many vendors we use in the United States, England, and Italy.

Finally, we draft a custom pattern that is made to fit your body.

And we can even mail you a cotton muslin mock-up of the coat so that we can verify that the look and fit are exactly what you want.

When we are finally ready to sew the final pieces, all of the work is done here in our studio in Denver, Colorado, assuring that every stitch is just the way that we want it.

We love making pieces that would be impossible to find anywhere else.  So just let us know what you have in mind.

Waxed Cotton Motorcycle VestThere is something about waxed cotton that feels so different than other weather-resistant fabrics.Waxed Cotton
More authentic.  Less modern or plastic-y or tacky.

Like pull-up leather, waxed cloth changes a bit each time you wear it.  It scratches and cracks and then the cracks begin to fade.

It is sort of like having your history written in the fabric—the patina of your every motion.

It feels like having a trusty leather jacket that is more waterproof and a much lighter weight.

Black Waxed Cloth JacketWaxed cotton began as a material that sailors wore.Grey Waxed Cotton Field Jacket

Sailors first realized that dipping their sails in water made their boats faster when less air could get through.

Later oils and waxes were tried as something more permanent.Black Waxed Cloth Field Jacket

And what could be more natural than for a sailor to wear the sail cloth when he wanted to stay dry and keep out the wind?

We wax cloth in house starting with fine American cotton and hot dipping the fabric in beeswax, paraffin and natural oils.Black Waxed Cotton Jacket
Waxed Cotton Blazer

Depending on how we balance the oils and waxes the fabric can take on more or less patina with wear.

The waxes darken the color of the fabric significantly, but when the wax is scratched or cracked, the original lighter colors are “pulled-up” in the patina.1920s Jacket

This distressing is called “crazing”.

The pictures show some of our favorite recent pieces—-our classic travel blazer with vintage style patch pockets, two button lapels, and a throat tab.

A charcoal grey field jacket with a stand-up collar, neck belts, heavy quilted elbow padding, and back gussets.

Our famous military inspired motorcycle vests.

And a 1920s style shawl collar jacket with a half-lining, piped seams, and a kidney to close up the neck.

We are one of the only tailors in the world making fully custom pieces from waxed cloth.

If you can imagine it, we can almost always make it.

We start by sketching, and then work with you to discuss sizing, fabrics, colors, and buttons until we have exactly the right materials.

We work with clients all over the world.

So if you are thinking of a waxed cloth field jacket, work jacket, travel blazer, vest—-or any style you can think of—-we are the ones to make it for you.

Contact us and we can discuss the details.

In the United States, we tend to call the best business and formal
looks and fits “European” or “Italian” or “British,”–

Edwardian Cut Brown Flannel Sport Suit

sometimes for good reason, and sometimes merely as a shorthand for saying that a look is “good” or “exciting” or somehow intangibly different from the basic relaxed New England look that we are used to seeing in the shops.
But if there is one area of tailoring that is truly American, it is sportswear.

To a certain extent, we inherited our love and notions of “sports” from the British. But sport always meant something a bit different to Americans than it did to the Brits.

Crown Shape Pockets and 1920s Style Cuffs

To the Brits “sport” centered around the country estate and the hunt—activities that one would do as a gentleman of leisure when outside of the city.

For Americans, this idea of sport was quickly eclipsed by the idea of strenuous activities that one did often for the sake of health and entertainment.

Crown Shaped Breast Pocket with Embroidered Crowsfoot Tacks

The tennis court, the golf course, the beach. Sailing, skiing, riding, fishing and even flying.

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries men wore sport jackets for all of these activities.

Slim Fit Box Pleated Pant

Jackets with “action backs” to allow for a freedom of movement.

Jackets with throat latches to keep out the cold.

Shawl Collar Hand-Stitched Vest

Jackets from linen for the heat and sweat or from waxed cotton to keep out the rain.

The ideal man was not a man of leisure but a man of activity who needed to be ready for anything!

Suits made from matched cloth were replaced by separates.

Plaid Seersucker Sport Jacket

A jacket in one fabric, and a pant in another. Plaids, houndstooths, herringbones.

Eventually sportswear evolved into our basic everyday casual clothing. And in the late 20th Century came to mean nothing more than  jeans and a t-shirt.

Linen Moto Vest

But now, when more and more men are trying to dress up and look good, an older, more authentic vision of sportswear has become relevant again.

Linen Back on Tweed Vest

We want to dress better.  But we don’t want to be limited by the way that we dress.

We want durable fabrics that we can wear anywhere.

We want a full range of movement so that we can drive, throw a ball, or put away a bottle on the top shelf.

Most of all, an American aesthetic is about not being constrained.

Shawl Collar Donegal Tweed Vest

We buy big trucks instead of little cars, so that we can (at least in our imaginations) drive a rocky road to a forlorn mountain cabin or pack up all of our belongings to move to a new town.Vest and Pant In Japanese Wool
Part of what Denver Bespoke and AJ Machete and Sons are about is a striving after an authentically American vision of tailoring.

We aren’t interested in recycling English and European fashions, either as a vision of James Bond or a British gent, or that perfectly spontaneous and romantic looking fellow at the Italian cafe.

1920s Style American "Swoosh" Breastpocket

We want something a bit more rugged.  Maybe a bit more rustic.

Copper Stitching and Buttons with Herringbone Shirt

Something that fits in with the Rocky Mountains and the American West instead of the postcard version of a European capital.

Retro Tweed Pant with Wide Waistband

Retro Tweed Pant with Wide Waistband

So we call our suits “American Suits”.  But basically they are just suits for men who do things and who want to look good doing them.

All of our pieces our completely custom made.  And we are one of the few tailors anywhere who work in a sportswear aesthetic and can make any detail that you have seen anywhere.

So contact us with all of your questions and ideas. We would love to make something for you.