VigilanteLabs

Accessories for Your Super Power

Colorado, United States · 713 Sales

VigilanteLabs

Accessories for Your Super Power

Colorado, United States 713 Sales On Etsy since 2008

5 out of 5 stars
(337)

Announcement   Custom Clothing, Secret Identities

Five years in business. Thousands of custom projects completed.

We have recently moved to an old Victorian home in an industrial district in Denver. The perfect place for living and sewing.

After a three year stretch designing for Liz Claiborne, I decided to get out of the corporate world and to start making clothing with my own two hands.

I’m Lianna K. and together with fellow designer A.J. Machete, we are Vigilante Laboratories. And we want to leave the department store for dead, somewhere back in the 20th century.

We make clothing in ALL SIZES and are plus size and petite friendly. All items are GUARANTEED TO FIT; see the Policy Page for more information.

These items are only samples of our work. Contact us about your own custom ideas.

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CHECK OUT http://www.machetensons.etsy.com for our new CUSTOM MEN'S SHOP. And www.DenverDressmakers.com for our BLOG which describes how we make our clothing in Denver, CO.

On Facebook as Denver Bespoke and Denver Dressmakers

Announcement

Custom Clothing, Secret Identities

Five years in business. Thousands of custom projects completed.

We have recently moved to an old Victorian home in an industrial district in Denver. The perfect place for living and sewing.

After a three year stretch designing for Liz Claiborne, I decided to get out of the corporate world and to start making clothing with my own two hands.

I’m Lianna K. and together with fellow designer A.J. Machete, we are Vigilante Laboratories. And we want to leave the department store for dead, somewhere back in the 20th century.

We make clothing in ALL SIZES and are plus size and petite friendly. All items are GUARANTEED TO FIT; see the Policy Page for more information.

These items are only samples of our work. Contact us about your own custom ideas.

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CHECK OUT http://www.machetensons.etsy.com for our new CUSTOM MEN'S SHOP. And www.DenverDressmakers.com for our BLOG which describes how we make our clothing in Denver, CO.

On Facebook as Denver Bespoke and Denver Dressmakers

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Custom Mod Dresses
US$425.00
Custom Wool Crepe 1950s Dresses
US$425.00
Custom 6-Panel Skirts
US$124.00
Kiwi. Avocado. Lime.
US$118.00
1950s Style Circle Skirts
US$132.00
Iridescent Royal--A Satin Circle Skirt
US$86.00
Iridescent Bustle Skirt
US$110.00
Crimson Satin Skirt
US$86.00
Custom Pencil Skirts
US$186.00
Cocktail Wedding Dress with Bolero
US$1,200.00
Custom Pencil Skirts
US$186.00
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Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(337)
munn20m

munn20m on Jul 12, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

I can't describe what an amazing experience it was working with Lianna and her team. It was nervewracking to purchase a custom suit from all the way across the country but Lianna worked with us and reassured us every step of the way. It was an incredible experience and the suit is amazing. Can't wait to wear it for my wedding!

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About

Custom Clothing, Secret Identities

In 2009, Lianna was designing for Liz Claiborne in NYC, and AJ had just finished up a Masters degree from Harvard.

They had met years before at the Pratt Institute (where Lianna studied fashion design and learned traditional couture techniques).

Each was looking to create a business that was more hands-on and traditional---with a more direct connection both to the clients and to the materials.

With the "supply chain management" of the 1990s and outsourcing to Asia, garments had become so much less durable. The fabrics had become thinner and thinner. And the obsession with making garments cheaper and cheaper meant that the wages for the garment industry were very low.

They wanted to make garments from better and heavier natural fiber fabrics. To make garments that the clients helped to design---that were individual and connected to the clients.

And, ultimately, to build a studio (in the USA!) that included the most skilled independent tailors and dressmakers and could pay enough to nurture the craftsmen so that they could pursue their businesses full-time.

(See the bios of all of the artisans that work with us and links to their own Etsy stores).

Vigilante Laboratories here on Etsy became the first outlet for their new work and new couture concept. This was followed by the MacheteNSons menswear shop here on Etsy.

For the first few years, Lianna and AJ literally did everything---from patternmaking, to sales, to cutting, sewing, fabric sourcing, photography, shipping, sewing machine repair, and modeling.

When visiting AJ's hometown of Denver, Colorado right at the time of the stock market crash, they purchased a Victorian cottage in an industrial area right near downtown to use as a workspace for the tailoring and dressmaking shop.

Now the studio has become an amazing hub filled with the most exciting designs and gorgeous projects. AJ and Lianna are still involved in the designing and making of every piece. And every piece is handmade from start to finish here in Denver.

After moving to Denver from NYC, they launched the blogs www.DenverDressmakers.com and www.DenverBespoke.com to market to local customers and to showcase their work.

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Shop members
  • Lianna Kachmar

    Owner, Designer, Patternmaker

    I work with clients on designing individual styles that match their personalities. Then I draft custom patterns to get a perfect fit and work with everyone in the shop to execute the design in a gorgeous fabric.

  • AJ Machete

    Owner, Designer, Tailor

    AJ works with Lianna on designing pieces and on developing the perfect couture sewing techniques that make our garments hang beautifully. AJ also re-builds the vintage sewing machines that we use and does much of the photography.

  • Michelle Fitzgerald

    Dressmaker, Assistant Patternmaker, Milliner

    Michelle sews many of the pieces for the shop and does lots of the handwork on our garments. She also assists Lianna in making some of the custom patterns for the garments. You can find her business here: https://www.clockworkfaerie.etsy.com

  • Jeremy Williard

    Tailor

    Jeremy is a bespoke tailor who makes most of the suit jackets for our shop as well as many of the jackets for the menswear shop: www.machetensons.etsy.com . Making amazing suit jackets that fit women is one of the most difficult things we do!

  • Bermuda Jill

    Dressmaker, Tailor

    Jill cuts and sews many of the custom vests and dresses for our shop. Our beautifully structured vests are some of the most complex garments we make. Jill's business, Scrumptious Wares, is also here on Etsy: http://scrumtiouswares.etsy.com

  • Michelle Wallace

    Dressmaker, Tailor

    Michelle cuts and sews many of the custom dresses and men's and women's outwear pieces (including leather!) for our shop. She is the owner of Dovetail Threads and also has a shop here on Etsy: www.dovetailthreads.etsy.com

  • Michal Meyer

    Milliner, Designer, Sales

    Michal helps with the sales and designing of bridal pieces and works with the brides to get the perfect style and fabrics. She also makes many of the bridal headpieces for the shop. You can find Michal's shop here: http://thecorkandstitch.etsy.com

  • Makena Roesch

    Tailor, Dressmaker

    Makena is a freelance tailor and dressmaker who works with our shop. She cuts and sews many of our amazing pants and custom overcoats.

Shop policies

Last updated on January 2, 2015
Check out our BLOG: www.DenverDressmakers.com

And find out more about how we make our custom clothing--from Wedding Dresses to Spandex Tops--in Denver, CO.

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  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
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Refunds and Exchanges
RETURNS: All items under $40 (including custom orders) include a no questions asked money back guarantee. Simply send the item back and we will refund your money (minus shipping costs).

Ready-made garments over $40 may be returned for money back as well, but please return garments within one week of the date of arrival.

Custom orders over $40 are guaranteed to fit properly. If there is a problem, we will pay return shipping and rework the garment until you are satisfied. Due to the high cost of fabrics on these custom orders, we cannot provide a money back guarantee. That said, we will do everything we can to make sure you are satisfied.
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Denver Dressmakers
4120 Brighton Blvd., Unit A32
Denver, CO 80216
(720) 379-5072