When it comes to motorcycle jackets, Schott NYC is the real deal: The company has a heritage that money can’t buy. It goes back almost a hundred years to 1913, when brothers Irving and Jack Schott started the business in a basement on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. They branded their jackets with the name of Irving’s favorite cigar, the Perfecto—and then revolutionized the way we dress by becoming the first manufacturers to put a zipper on a jacket.
Selling for just $5.50, the new Perfecto was rugged and stylish. It didn’t take Hollywood long to catch on, and after World War II the Perfecto became a style icon. Marlon Brando wore a Perfecto astride his 1950 Triumph Thunderbird in The Wild One, and it became synonymous with the the excitement, adventure and danger that fuels the spirit of motorcycles. Today, Schott is run by third and fourth generation members of the Schott family, and unlike most brands they still make their jackets in the USA in their own factory.