Schott Bros was founded by brothers Irving and Jack Schott in 1913 and is still largely owned by the Schott family.
They produced the first ever motor-cycle leather jacket in 1928 named “Perfecto” after Irving’s favourite cigar. Schott also used a zipper on a jacket for the first time.
A 618 version of the Perfecto jacket was made popular by Marlon Brando in 1953 in “The Wild Ones” and more recently the New York band “The Ramones” wore the jacket as part of their uniform look.
The company still manufactures much of its clothing in the USA and is particularly active in supplying the US Military and Police with clothing.
My Schott NYC Leather Jacket: My particular favourite of the Schott NYC classic designs since my career as a nascent punk passed by several decades ago is a beautiful rich brown version in cowhide called the “Weekend Pebbled”. Stunning hide cut into a simple un-elasticated cuff or waste band. Even minimal, its warm and moulds to your shape.
Your Schott NYC Leather Jacket: Why not share your experiences of owning a classic Schott Leather jacket? We’d really like to hear from you.
Picture from Schott NYC