Schott NYC (Schott Bros) is an American clothing manufacturing company located in New York City. The company was founded in 1913 by brothers Irving and Jack Schott. Schott NYC was the first company to put a zipper on a jacket and they created the classic Perfecto motorcycle jacket, made popular in movies like The Wild One (1953). The company made clothing for the US Military during World War II and later also for American law enforcement. Schott NYC is still owned by the Schott family and still manufacture much of their clothing in the United States.
Schott NYC is perhaps most well known for their Perfecto motorcycle jackets. In 1928 Irving Schott designed and produced the first ever leather motorcycle jacket, he named it the Perfecto after his favorite cigar. The jackets were made out of horse-hide, had a belted front, D-pocket, flap change pocket, zippered sleeve cuffs and shoulder epaulettes. This classic motorcycle jacket was a double riders jacket design which meant that one part of the front zipper was located a couple of inches in. When zipped up this created a seal where no air would pass through when riding a motorcycle.
In the late 1940s a new design based on the 1928 model was introduced - the 613. It was nicknamed the One Star because it had a star on each shoulder epaulette.
In the early 1950s another version of the jacket was in the late 1940s a new design based on the 1928 model was introduced - the 613.
It was nicknamed the One Star because it had a star on each shoulder epaulette.s introduced - the 618. The 618 had no stars on the shoulder epaulettes. Stores that carried the jackets often had problems with people stealing the stars of the 613 so the 618 became more commercially viable. Marlon Brando wore a 618 in the movie The Wild One (1953), the stars on his jacket were not original but added to the jacket. There has been no word on where this jacket is today. Because of the film, which was the first outlaw biker movie, the black motorcycle jacket became synonymous with bad attitude and was banned from many American schools during the 1950s.
Other famous designs are the Schott naval Peacoat and the leather flight jackets. Schott Bros is a purist company has maintained a loyal focus to their heritage. Shop Stuarts London for the archive designs of Schott Bros.