Designed in New York in 1928 by Irving and Jack Schott, the Perfecto has not only become a staple for motorcycle enthusiasts, but for various countercultures since the 1950s. Little did the Manhattan raincoat makers know that their original design would eventually become such a huge part of pop culture. Made famous by Marlon Brando and James Dean, the look would eventually be adopted by the the Ramones, the Sex Pistols, Negan, and has even landed a few collaborations with Supreme.
Designed specifically with motorcycle riding in mind, every part of the jacket was designed with a purpose; staying true to the functional design used in American military garbs of the mid-1900s. Each jacket is made from 40 pieces cut from up to 11 hides, which gives an idea why uncle Irving famously said “the money and jacket is made or lost at the cutting table.” Check out the video above to see the design process in-action, and to grab one of your own, head over to the Schott NYC site now.
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