|Schott Leather Jackets|
Quality outerwear since 1913
Nothing is more uniquely American than a good leather jacket. From the invention of the motorcycle, to the need for specialized military uniforms in WWII, to the evolution of Rock and Roll, Schott NYC has been at the forefront of quality outerwear production.
The first company to sew a zipper onto a jacket, Schott is among the most innovative and unique companies America has ever produced. Established in 1913 as raincoat makers, Irving and Jack Schott, the sons of a Russian immigrant, were on their way to shaping American fashion.
Only two years into the business, the Schott brothers opened a manufacturing facility in Staten Island, producing the famous Perfecto leather jacket. Named after Irving’s favorite cigar, these jackets have played a huge role in American culture. In 1928 they produced the first motorcycle jacket, 40 years before Harley Davidson made their first jacket. The motorcycle and the leather jacket became icons for freedom, adventure, and everything that drove the new generation of bikers.
As America entered WWII, the whole country went into overdrive. Schott was no exception. They were commissioned by the US Army Air Corps to make a bomber jacket suitable for wear in airplanes. They also made wool naval pea coats for the servicemen on deck. For the next 60 years, the US Military trusted Schott as a coat maker that would protect the boys on the front lines.
The next role the Perfecto played in history was quite controversial. After the release of “The Wild One” starring Marlon Brando in 1954, the leather jacket became paired with the “hoodlum” and rebellious teenagers. Schools around the nation prohibited leather jackets because of what they symbolized, and Schott actually felt sales decrease. It didn’t take long, however, for the Perfecto to make a comeback. With a yearning for the open road, the love of the leather jacket returned. Icons such as James Dean made the Perfeco even more symbolic to American culture.
For four generations, Schott has grown to produce a variety of products and are known internationally as a top producer of outerwear and accessories. Even after almost 100 years, Schott NYC still designs and produces 100% of their products right here in the US.